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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I’m not a real fan of Hitchcock, but this book sounds good. It is popular to have a series featuring one main character, and a sure way to keep readers looking out for the next one. Good luck to Joyce, with ‘Her last breath’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I do like Hitchcock, Pete, and I studied some of his films on a course on psychoanalysis and film (very interesting from that perspective). As you know I did talk about North by Northwest in my PhD but perhaps Shadow of a Doubt is my favourite. The series thing helps get the readers engaged with the characters (sometimes, if the case is complicated is difficult to develop the story and also say a lot about the characters), but making each book work independently for a reader who hasn’t read the whole thing requires lots of skill. I’m working on a project that might link one of my series with a series by another writer, and I’m not sure if it will work…

      1. Linking two series is an interesting idea indeed. I also like ‘Shadow of A Doubt’, as well as ‘Strangers On A Train’, and ‘Blackmail’. I just don’t ‘adore’ Hitchcock in the way that so many do, but I can see where your profession would find many of his films interesting.

        1. Yes. Strangers On a Train is another favourite of mine. We studied his films when I was doing my PhD in one of the masters courses that used psychoanalysis to analyse texts and movies, rather than people. I think it’s probably more useful for that, but there you go…

  2. dgkaye says:

    You have my attention with this riveting review! Now, is this a book one should have read Book 1 first? 🙂

    1. I wouldn’t say so, Debby. I just picked it up because the description sounded interesting and run with it. I’m sure the first one must be good too, but it’s not too far along in the series and I thought it worked perfectly well on its own. Thanks so much.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks for letting me know this Olga. Added! 🙂

        1. I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. I keep saying I’m not a fan of thrillers but I want to put this on my list as well!

    1. I’ve realised I read a huge amount of thrillers although I’m not sure it’s intentional, but the description always sound so intriguing, Sarah!

  4. I do like Hitchcock, so I had to read the rest of your post, and devour your review, Olga. I try to incorporate his “long shot” (a written version) into my writing, at least now and then. (I just reminded myself that I haven’t done that in a long time!)
    You did get me intrigued by the book. Happy weekend. Huge hugs.

    1. I know what you mean, Teagan. The Rope is a fabulous exercise on that… Now I’m intrigued by the technique too… 🙂

  5. A lovely review of this book, Olga. I do like Hitchcock and this sounds very intriguing.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Not a moment’s boredom with it.

  6. Olga, thank you so much for your beautiful review, I so appreciate it! Also, I am knocked out by your background, so smart, multi talented/educated and…I love Spain, and…my husband is a physician too (cardiology). And you & I both love film, Hitchcock, & you’ve a Masters in Criminology?? *Are you sure you’re one person!?* Pues, muchissimas gracias por sus lindas palabras. Es tan amable de su parte, y aprecio de veras su appoyo. Joyce 🙂

    1. Thanks very much! I loved your book and I always enjoy sharing reviews with my readers and hoping to get more people interested and reading. Sometimes I wonder. My father used to be horrified every time I told him I was studying something else. “Haven’t you finished studying yet?” he’d tell me. I’ve always loved books and studying, although my brain is getting slower. It’s a pleasure to meet other writers and it’s good to know that the reviews reach the right ears and make people happy. Muchas gracias y recuerdos a su marido. A hard job, your husband’s. My mother had an MI last year and now she has two stents, so I keep coming and going from Barcelona to England. Take lots of care.

  7. Hello Olga! Great review. I’m intrigued by the Hitchcock comparison. 🙂

    1. It is quite apt, Vashti, although that’s included in the title of the book and not mine… 🙂

  8. Definitely sounds Hitchcockian (is that a word?)! I loved Alfred Hitchcock Presents on TV when I was a kid. One of my favorites was about a woman who killed her husband with a frozen leg of lamb (just bashed him), then served it to the investigators!

    1. Thanks, Noelle. I remember that one very well. If you’re into Pedro Almodóvar’s films I’d recommend you watch ‘What Have I done to deserve this?’ ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto? ) that is an homage to that story…;)

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