Review by Echo Haapala -- The Embalmer by Vincent Zandri

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Review by Echo Haapala -- The Embalmer by Vincent Zandri

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Embalmer" by Vincent Zandri.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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In The Embalmer, multiple women in Albany, New York, have been murdered in the most bizarre way. They have been embalmed while still alive! This serial killer, appropriately named the Mortician Murderer, believes that his victims are his masterpieces. After embalming his victims, he gives the dead elaborate makeovers and an eternity of beauty. After his work of art is finished, he leaves the body in a natural pose, in plain sight, at a public place, for all to view. As an illustration, one victim was found sitting at a table and drinking out of a straw. Who is the Mortician Murderer? What is his motive? Can anyone stop him from killing more women?

Detective Miller, lead Detective, and a veteran is assigned to the Mortician Murderer case. He recruits ex-cop turned Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigator, Steve Jobz, to help catch this serial killer. This pair is quite the dynamic duo with their humor and investigative skills. Will Detective Miller and Jobz catch this serial killer or will his victim count continue to rise?

This book is told from the viewpoints of both Steve Jobz and the Mortician Murderer, which I found to be fascinating because the character development was so superb. There was so much detail and thought put into the characters, that by the end of the book, I knew exactly what made each character tick. The viewpoint of Jobz was endearing and hilarious; to say the least. Alternatively, the Mortician Murderer viewpoint was almost poetic. The author really delved into the psychology of this character.

In my opinion, what really made these characters come to life were the dialogues. The storyline is told mostly through conversations and it flowed effortlessly. The dialogues were full of information but also contained a lot wit and humor. In all honesty, there was never a point where the conversations felt forced, dull or unrealistic.
From the first page to the last, the author kept me intrigued. He did a great job at creating both suspense and humor throughout the entire book. At one point, I realized that I almost couldn’t put this book down because I had to know who the killer was. For these reasons, I rate this book a 4 out of 4.

I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy thrillers, action, and witty humor. I would suggest this book to a more mature crowd, as there are a few graphic scenes and sexual content. I would not recommend this book to readers that do not like crime or profanity.

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