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Synopsis: Fifteen years of ritual sacrifices that began before Alex Drummond joined the force have become an anomaly in Tranquil Heights. For most residents, anger at the unsolved murders has turned to disappointment with the small police force. Now citizens hope this year’s sacrificial lamb won’t be one of their loved ones.
Alex Drummond’s ability to relive victims’ traumatic murders has not been enough. There are misguided links to Egyptian funerary rights, but without evidence and the murderer’s identity, no one outside of Drummond’s tight circle will believe him, let alone make an arrest and stop the vicious killings. After an anonymous tip, Detective Drummond discovers an annual visitor, a local who moved away years before with a similar flare for murder. He follows her to Washington DC after watching the woman burn her husband alive. His high school friend, Jessie Arturo, who settled in the large city after a failed baseball career, assists with the investigation. In such a large place, unsolved murders abound like cobwebs under abandoned guest beds.
September 20, the serial killer’s anointed date, is only days away. How has the murderer proven so elusive, even from Alex’s paranormal abilities? Is he in over his head, or can Detective Alex Drummond save the ghosts calling to him and decipher this network of brutal, ritual sacrifices before someone else is burnt alive?
Series: A Life of Death (1), The Golden Bulls (2)
Review: Alex Drummond’s gift has never revealed the visage of the serial killer who has killed once a year for the last fifteen years. Alex distinctly remembers the first murder, since it happened around the time he discovered his ability. As a detective in Tranquil Heights, his home town, he’s followed a killer to Washington, D.C. Meeting up with his friend, Jessie Arturo, they work on following the killer’s tracks. Learning more about Egyptian mythology and ritual, as well as experiencing some intense visions, helps him understand what the killer is after. And the killer may be closer to home than he ever expected…
THE GOLDEN BULLS is the second half of the story started in A LIFE OF DEATH. We see the depths of Alex’s gift and learn where it comes from finally. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the past and present during the hunt for the killer. Alex’s character stands out for me as he is a man who has chosen to use his unusual gift in a way to help people rather than take advantage of them. I absolutely loved Alex’s forays with the Egyptology Department at the university. THE GOLDEN BULLS is a great mystery with paranormal elements, but definitely read A LIFE OF DEATH first!