Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.
Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets—and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise—arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.
Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.
What did I think?
I really enjoyed this book; I was immediately hooked by the clues that Craig had left for his cousin, Andy. As each clue leads Andy more into danger, my reading appeared to speed up in tandem with my heart rate. The book drew me straight in as it launched into the first puzzle and I was so engrossed that I really felt as if I was in Mortom with Andy and his sister, Kate.
I found this book to be quite unusual and something a little bit different from a standard murder mystery. As each clue was revealed, my mind was racing to try to discover what the 'prize' would be and it quickly became clear that there was more than one puzzle to solve. I had so many questions whirring round in my head - How did Craig plant the clues? How did he die? Who is his father? What will Andy find at the end of the game? Thankfully, Erik Therme pre-empted all my questions and answered them all with a few little twists thrown in.
A delightfully dark debut novel - I will be looking out for more from Erik Therme.
I received this e-book from Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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