The Killer on the Heath

The Cassidy Newbold, Clairvoyant Collection Book 1

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
109 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2021
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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite

The Killer on the Heath: The Cassidy Newbold, Clairvoyant Collection Book 1 is written by author Karen J Mossman. Cassie is a clairvoyant, and her twin brother, Detective Inspector Seb Newbold, possesses incredible abilities. Together, they embark in desperation to find Chantelle, the latest victim taken by the killer. Cassie finds herself in a tangled web of investigation when she meets Pedro, a new love interest who is also the twin brother of Chantelle. Pedro wants Cassie’s help to find his sister. His mother doesn’t seem to care much for Chantelle because Pedro is her pride and joy. His love and dedication for his mother eventually get in the way of a relationship between Pedro and Cassie. In the meantime, Cassie comes very close to becoming the killer’s last victim but is found by her brother in time. Cassie dedicates her talents to helping her brother find Chantelle. Will she read the signs correctly; will she be able to connect with Chantelle without having Pedro’s influence; will she be able to block out the other horrors and evil she feels from the killer?

The Killer on the Heath is an incredibly powerful story with all sorts of dark twists and turns to take the reader down a pathway of adventure, horror, love, and lies. Mossman offers readers a look into what it is like to be clairvoyant. The plot of the book developed exceptionally well and smoothly transitioned from one scene into the next. Character development also was outstanding. I was able to visualize every character in the story as presented by the author. The people in the story came to life, and the reader will find themselves cheering on the heroes in their desperate search to save the life of Chantelle. Vivid descriptions of places like Cassie’s apartment, Pedro’s mother’s house, and the killer’s horrible abandoned place actually leave the reader sensing everything our hero sees, hears, feels, and smells. This is a well-written story, and I look forward to reading more from Karen J Mossman. Exceptional!

Astrid Iustulin

The Killer on the Heath is a short but intriguing book by Karen J. Mossman. The protagonist is Cassidy Newbold, a clairvoyant who assists her twin brother Seb, a detective, in his investigation. The two must solve the murder of a woman, Mandy Smith, while also dealing with the disappearance of a girl, Chantelle. Things get complicated when Cassidy runs into Chantelle's brother and starts a relationship with him. In the meanwhile, Mandy's killer shows up. Who knows if Cassidy will be able to keep her focus on the investigation instead of being distracted by love?

Emotions, mystery, and a rare talent (clairvoyance) are the ingredients of The Killer on the Heath and the reasons why Karen J. Mossman's book is so enjoyable to read. I have always liked stories where there is a crime to solve, and this book is even more compelling because we have two investigations going on at the same time. If you, like me, love mystery, you cannot ask for more. In addition to the great storyline, I liked how Mossman portrays her heroine. Cassidy is a well-defined character, and we learn about both her private and professional life. The fact that her feelings temporarily cloud her ability to discover the truth makes her a person with whom it is easy to sympathize. I am glad The Killer on the Heath is just the first volume in The Cassidy Newbold, Clairvoyant Collection. I hope the next ones are just as enjoyable as this one, and I look forward to reading them.

Pikasho Deka

The Killer on the Heath is the first installment of The Cassidy Newbold, Clairvoyant Collection by Karen J. Mossman. Cassidy Newbold (Cassie) is a clairvoyant empath, i.e. she can converse with the dead and stays highly attuned to people's emotions. Alongside her twin brother Seb, a Detective Inspector, Cassie helps the authorities catch criminals by using her abilities. When a woman named Mandy Smith is murdered on Lowhampton Heath, Detective Inspector Newbold soon seeks her services to nab the culprit. Meanwhile, another woman named Chantelle is missing, and Cassie is dating the victim's twin brother, Pedro. However, the relationship hits an impasse when Pedro's smothering mother refuses to relinquish control over her son. But Cassie must hurry and find Chantelle before it's too late as the prime suspect refuses to talk.

A fast-paced murder mystery novella filled with romance, suspense, and intrigue, The Killer on the Heath is a blast to read. Cassie is an instantly likable protagonist who drives the narrative with a combination of witty charm and humor that keeps you engaged with her character arc from start to finish. Her dynamic with her twin, Seb, is thoroughly compelling to read, and their combined abilities are what help them catch the killer and save lives in the process. Author Karen J. Mossman wastes little time in drawing the reader into the story as you find yourself latching onto Cassie from the get-go. If you're a fan of sleuth stories or detective books, The Killer on the Heath is the book for you.