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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Orchestrating Murder is a police procedural mystery novel written by Heather Osborne. Someone had been sexually abusing and killing young girls, and Palo Alto Detective Gregory Shaw had hoped they finally might get some answers when they found little Corrine Evans still alive. The little girl had been beaten so brutally by her attacker, however, that Dr. Lindsay Young and the staff at the Intensive Care Unit could do little except keep her on life support while her family considered their options. She had never regained consciousness. Shaw’s frustration was intensified when he heard that Freddie Jones, an addict who had shot at policemen, had been released into the care of his well-to-do and powerful father. Then there was the body found in the Duck Pond, showing signs of injection with an acid and having no fingerprints or teeth intact. When a second body is found under similar circumstances and in the same location, Shaw had to start thinking that there was a serial killer at work. There was something else going on in Palo Alto, something both evil and privileged. He was determined to figure it out.
Heather Osborne’s police procedural murder mystery novel, Orchestrating Murder, is a taut and chilling story about a sadistic vigilante killer. Osborne’s refined and righteous serial killer is one of the more horrific characters I’ve come across in this genre. Her other major characters, Dr. Young and Detective Shaw, are marvelous, finely drawn and credible, and their growing friendship and affection for each other is a joy to behold. Osborne’s plot hums with tension, and her detective’s quest to apprehend the killer is well worth following. Orchestrating Murder is a page-turner that’s quite difficult to put down until you’ve finished the last page. It’s most highly recommended.