THE BUTCHER AND THE WREN By Alaina Urquhart @MichaelJBooks @AlainaToTheMax #TheButcherAndThe Wren #BlogTour

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In deep Louisiana, a serial killer with a taste for medical experimentation is completing his most ambitious project yet. The media call him ‘The Butcher’ – and, so far, he’s proved impossible to catch.

With her encyclopaedic knowledge of humanity’s darkest minds, and years of experience examining their victims, forensic pathologist Dr Wren Muller is the best there is. The longer the Butcher’s killing spree continues, the more determined she is to bring him to justice.

And yet, he continues to elude her.

As body after body piles up on Wren’s examination table, her obsession grows. Pressure to put an end to the slaughter mounts. And her enemy becomes more brazen.

How far is Wren willing to go to draw the Butcher into the light . . .?


If you like a read about serial killers then this could be for you, it’s not for the faint hearted that’s for sure. At 250 pages it’s a fairly quick read. Set in New Orleans where a killer who becomes known as the Butcher is killing. The killer is certainly methodical, everything is precise, he is able to hide easily and has learned his craft until he makes a mistake. Forensic pathologist Wren Muller is assigned the bodies that are turning up and she starts to see similarities in the cases. She’s not just a pathologist she also has a degree in criminology so is well qualified.

The story is fast paced, gritty from the start, with a twist popping up that you don’t see coming. I enjoyed this as a quick read. My only thing was I would have liked to have known more about the Butcher and Wren. There is a small bit about the butcher when he is a child but nothing that gives you an idea why he does what he does. The same with Wren I felt it would have been nice to know more about her. The characters are a little flat at times. Some of the conversations with detective Leroux just didn’t flow as well as they could have done.

Overall this is a good debut novel, I’m just hoping in the next book we get to learn more about Wren and other main characters involved.

At times this is gripping, you find yourself holding your breath as the killer creeps about. Not realising you are holding your breath until the scene is over. A perfect creepy book for Halloween and for lovers of serial killers.


Alaina Urquhart is the science-loving co-host of the chart-topping show Morbid: A True Crime Podcast. As an autopsy technician by trade, she offers a unique perspective from deep inside the morgue. Alaina hails from Boston, where she lives with her wonderful husband, John, their three amazing daughters, and a ghost Puggle named Bailey. She is about 75 percent coffee, and truly believes she and Agent Clarice Starling could be friends.

Before writing her first psychological horror novel, she received degrees in criminal justice, psychology, and biology. When she isn’t hosting Morbid, she hosts the Parcast original show Crime Countdown, and a horror movie podcast called Scream!. Her days are usually spent either recording or eviscerating. The way she sees it, when she hangs up her microphone for the day, it’s time to let the dead speak.


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