The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon

The latest instalment in the Sam Shephard series The Ringmaster, follow-up to Overkill, sees Sam having moved on from the events in Mataura to begin her detective training in Dunedin.

“Death is stalking the southern South Island of New Zealand…

Marginalised by previous antics, Sam Shephard, is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation, when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens, and Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin, and a very strong possibility that the deaths are linked to a visiting circus…

Determined to find out who’s running the show, and to prove herself, Sam throws herself into an investigation that can have only one ending…

Rich with atmosphere, humour and a dark, shocking plot, The Ringmaster marks the return of passionate, headstrong police officer, Sam Shephard, in the next instalment of Vanda Symon’s bestselling series.”

The more I read about Sam the more I want to know, I love that she is still with her friend Maggie and that previous events haven’t hindered her determination to become a detective even though she has been given a hard time by her DCI. A chance to prove herself comes up when she finds herself thrust into a homicide investigation and into the spotlight.

I love that it’s not all about the murder or the killer, it’s about Sam and how she is managing, we see another side to her with a potential love interest and I hope we get to see that develop in future books.

Knowing how the story ends I’m fascinated to know where Sam will go from here and if she has it any easier trying to nice up the ranks.

A series I would be happy to just keep on reading. The Ringmaster is fast paced with short chapters so you just can’t put it down. An attention grabbing deadly read.

Thank you so much to Orenda books for sending me out a copy to read, it was the best surprise. All opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.

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