Method in the Madness

Book 3, The Monastery Murders

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
350 Pages
Reviewed on 12/25/2018
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Kimberly Brouillette is pleased to present her exciting paranormal mystery thrillers in The Monastery Murders series. The first books in the series, Secrets in the Shallows (Book 1) and Devil in the Details (Book 2) are the 2014 and 2015 Paranormal Awards winners for fiction, respectively, and have earned 5-Star ratings on Readers' Favorite. Book 2 also won the 2016 New Apple Award for mysteries. The highly anticipated conclusion of the series, Method on the Madness (Book 3), has rave reviews on Readers' Favorite and Amazon. Currently, Kimberly is writing Fury of the Fallen, Book 1 of a sequel series, The Forever Fallen. In addition, she is producing the entire Monastery Murder Series in audio book format.

Kimberly earned her B.S. in earth science/geology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her M.A. in Biblical studies from Trinity Theological College & Seminary. She has been editor and contributing editor for numerous published books and has written many published articles for periodicals and Internet blogs. Kimberly also enjoys reading, music, history, traveling and spending time with her loved ones.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite

Old sins cast long shadows and the past just won’t stay in the past, unfortunately, in Method in the Madness, the third book in The Monastery Murders series, a psychological thriller and murder mystery by Kimberly Brouillette. A sexual assault on a young girl in 1986 has dire consequences years later and involves innocent people in a trail of chaos and carnage perpetrated by an unhinged killer. When Katy Warsaw notices her fiancé John’s behavior seems out of kilter, little does she know the truth. When John’s adoptive mother disappears, and Katy has a terrible vivid vision about it, she can’t sit by without doing something. When Lt Christopher Williams receives a frantic call from Katy, the police get involved in a missing person investigation. As more questions about the past arise, the most important one is who is John Smith? Can Williams catch the madman before he takes the lives of more innocent people? Clues given by the spirit world add to the intrigue of this mystery murder.

Method in the Madness has both a psychological thriller angle as well as a paranormal touch with spirits offering their help and various characters experiencing vivid waking dreams and visions which lead the reader along in the train of events. Although the events start in 1986 and jump back and forth thirty years, the author has clearly denoted this in the chapter headings so there is no room for confusion. I found this knitted the past and the present together very well and although it takes time for the full significance to unfold, the author slowly unravels the mystery. The scenes are chilling and well described, especially the paranormal events, and draw the reader into the action of this complex plot. There is a large cast of characters, but the author handles this deftly. I liked the paranormal angle very much and how the author wove this into the events. Although this story can be read as a standalone, there is mention of previous events so possibly readers should start with book 1. An intriguing read for fans of murder mysteries with a touch of the paranormal.