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The Grave Singer

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Thank you Netgalley and publisher for this ARC. 
First of all, Victor Methos can do no wrong! He could write a script for Barney and I would read it! This book is filled with thrills, twists and turns! I always race to the end of his work!
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I love all things Victor Methos, this one did not disappoint!! If you loved the killers wife you will love this one!
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Victor Methos does not disappoint in this latest novel.  Solomon Shepard is back after an injury caused him to take a leave as a prosecutor.  An ex-con is convinced Shephard set him up for a crime he didn’t commit and is out to prove it.  The author takes you on a journey through the ex-con’s unbalanced view of reality.  I would highly recommend this book.  You won’t put it down until it’s over.
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Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the copy of The Grave Singer by Victor Methos. I anxiously await every new book by Methos because I love his writing style and he is great at writing compelling courtroom scenes. The courtroom scene in this book was different but still good, but the book was unexpectedly graphic and brutal. I loved the story but didn’t remember disliking Shepard as much in the first book of the series as I did in this one. Maybe he was a lawyer just being a lawyer, but he didn’t sit right with me. This book felt like a departure from his previous books, but I will still read the next book in the series as well as any other Methos books I find because I have loved the other ones I have read.
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This book was amazing! It keeps the reading guessing and on the edge of their seats the entire book!
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This is my favourite type of authors: authors who write on a subject they themselves have had personal professional experiences with. Indeed, Victor Methos graduated himself from law school at the University of Utah, and became a prosecutor for Salt Lake City before founding what would become the most successful criminal defence firm in Utah.
With that in mind, the main storyline of a prosecutor (Solomon Shepard) and a Sheriff (Billie Gray) hunting down Utah’s most dangerous criminals, gets much credibility. ;)
I could not continue this book without starting the series from the beginning with the "Secret Witness". It must be said, this second book can be read standalone but you are really missing out!
I loved this series so far and can't wait to read more from this very talented author!
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I really enjoyed the first Shepherd and Gray book and was eager to continue the series. This is more a thriller, not a whodunit, as you know from the get-go who is responsible for the crimes.  The content is pretty graphic and the overall atmosphere is bleak and dark, which fits the tone and the setting very well.  The "trial" part at the end was a little over the top and made the bad guy come across as less menacing than he was meant to be, but the main characters are very likable and it's very easy to root for them. They have good chemistry and I'm enjoying their friendship and the possibility for something more.  I'm already looking forward to book 3.  If you love legal thrillers like I do, you can't go wrong with this author, but you should definitely read The Secret Witness first.  Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the DRC in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars.
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3.75/5 stars! I love a good legal thriller, so this premise pulled me in. I was excited to read it and see how this resolved with so much at stake. I found the staged 'courtroom' portions to be a new and exciting angle. The villain actually grew on me in this story which is rare and I appreciated Shephards' character. Where I stumbled a bit was with Gray's actions. She didn't present herself as a Sherrif with a good head on her shoulder and made some irrational decisions. Overall an enjoyable read and would read more by this author.

I received an advance review copy for free through NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
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4.5 Stars 🌟

I have found that I have really liked the books that I have already read by Mr. Methos. I was pleased when I was awarded the ARC for this book, that I had already read the first book in this series.  This book has us following along on a journey with Solomon Shepard, who is a county prosecutor, and the county Sheriff Billie Bray. Billie is the one who got Solomon back out of his self imposed isolation for a case the year before and since then, the two have developed a very close relationship.

Solomon was a brilliant and successful prosecutor before he was attacked and stabbed in the courtroom during a trial. After that, with severe spinal injuries, he developed a type of agoraphobia and became basically home bound. Billie was the one who coaxed him back into going back to work. This fact is not really touched upon in this book, but it is relevant back story to understanding certain issues that Solomon has. 

Okay, about the book. One of the cases that Solomon tried 11 years ago sent a very dangerous man to prison. Now, the man was awarded an early release and is out on parole. This man is EXTREMELY violent and very scary (along with being almost 7 feet tall and extremely huge). He is very intelligent and a definite psychopath ....not a good combination. 

The book is basically a cat and mouse game as the convict - Alonzo - begins playing mind games with Soloman and is very effective at getting into his head. He has had 11 years to learn the laws in prison and he works the system like a pro. Before you know it, Solomon is the one having to defend his actions and feels like he is on the ropes. He knows it is just a matter of time before Alonzo makes a move.

Without going into spoilers, this book is full of non stop action and suspense. The latter part of the book ramps up the tension and things speed up even more as we get to the climax. This book held my interest from the very beginning and I was anxiously reading, wanting to see what was going to happen. Was it 100% believable? No, not completely. But I sure did enjoy the heck out of it.

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC. The opinions above are mine and mine alone.
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I had read rave reviews about Victor Methos's legal thrillers, but had not read any of his books. This is my first book by Victor Methos, thanks to Netgalley. The plot is not very original (a convict on parole seeking revenge against the Prosecutor who convicted him) There is no suspense, as we already know who the villain is. However, I liked the courtroom scenes and the author puts together a coherent plot. I am taking away points because the Sheriff Billie Gray stupidly goes alone to the villain's lair. 
This is book #2 in the Shephard and Gray series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I might have missed some character nuances, and I do have some questions which might get cleared by reading book #1. 

<i>Thanks to Netgalley, the Publishers and the Author for the ARC</i>
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This book is 2nd of a series but it can also be read as a stand-alone book. Prosecutor Solomon is being stalked by Alonso who has recently been released from serving 11 years in jail. Tensions build and this author’s way of storytelling sure makes for a good read. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. Looking forward to more books like this in the future. To be released April 2023.
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I find that every Victor Methos book gives you the exact chase and thrill that you expect in a thriller/ detective book.  This one does not disappoint.  
The shock and awe starts in the very first chapter with a gruesome murder and does not let up until the very end.  
Thank you for Netgalley for allowing me to review this book for my honest opinion.
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First, I must thank Thomas & Mercer, and Netgalley for the ARC. This book review is unapologetically honest.

THE GRAVE DIGGER is a compelling and action-packed read! The novel hooked me instantly with its short, dramatic chapters. The storyline, the characters, and everything in between was believable and enjoyable.

What I like most about the book is Mr. Methos’s compelling storytelling style and his keeping the reader engaged until the end. Each chapter reveals rousing action and suspense, having your stomach spliced until reaching its final page! I also enjoyed learning the legal aspects of the novel. Simply fantastic!

I am satisfied with how the book ended, especially the ultimate reveal. Mr. Methos’s ink is wickedly good. I like this a lot as a reader!

If you want to get lost in a book and leave reality behind for a while, you must purchase and read THE GRAVE DIGGER!
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The Grave Singer is the second book involving prosecutor Solomon Shepard and county Sheriff ‘Billy’ Gray. You do not have to have read the previous book The Secret Witness to enjoy this but I’m sure you will after reading this.
Solomon is now settled and doing well as a county prosecutor and in a happy relationship. That is until a criminal Solomon had convicted some years previously is out on parole. Alfonso Hafeez is a psychopath hell bent on exacting revenge on everyone involved that led to his sentence for the vicious violent crime he committed.
This is a hard hitting crime thriller with some heart pounding and jaw dropping moments. I honestly couldn’t put it down, thrilling, exciting with moments of breath taking violence. This for me  this is the authors best novel yet, and even considering how good all his previous have been this is a stunning unbelievably good read.
Brilliantly written, a cast of wonderful characters with amazing depth this is a story that will remain with me for a long time, bring on the next one!
My thanks to netgalley and publisher for the opportunity to review this book honestly.
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Intense and suspenseful!

Victor Methos has created a great mystery that left me waiting for the next vicious action in this fierce thriller. I did not realize The Grave Singer is part of an ongoing series until I read more to learn about this talented author. This book reads easily as a standalone but is sure to be enhanced by reading the series. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this ARC..
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Although this is second in the legal mystery series, I missed the first, something I need to rectify. It didn’t effect the impact of the story. I’ve read many of this author’s books and enjoy his style. 
Not as much a courtroom drama as the aftermath of a man convicted of a crime. The setting is in a sandy desert area of Utah. Alonso is just evil, a deranged recent parolee out for revenge and retribution proclaiming his innocence and wrongful imprisonment. This is a dark and violent book with an unsympathetic villain. The prosecutor on Alonso’s case years ago was Attorney Solomon Shepard. Solomon has injuries and scars from a prior incident. His close friend and the tenacious sheriff, Billie, goes to extraordinary measures to protect him. The plot involves a diabolical personality and there are murders, torture, harassment, threats, stalking and kidnapping. Then Alonso is no longer at his registered address and Solomon can’t be found. Billie tracks down Alonso’s estranged family members for leads on his old haunts and his mental state. Gripping character development resulting in thought provoking questions about law enforcement, methods and results. Does the end result truly justify the means used to nudge a witness, get a conviction, imprison a criminal?
If you enjoy a great fictional Police procedurals and crime novels this is an author I highly recommend and will read his next effort.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Victor Methos and Thomas & Mercer for the digital advance reader copy of “The Grave Singer” Shepard & Gray #2. These are all my own honest personal thoughts and opinions given voluntarily without compensation.
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I feel like Victor is overlooked as an author. I read my first book by him in 2020 and I absolutely loved it. This book was so good, engaging and had me hooked from the start. It was a real treat that this book was a read now option when I found it!! Looking forward to his next one.
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Book Title: The Grave Singer
Author: Victor Methos
Series: Shepard & Gray #2
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pub Date: April 25, 2023
My Rating:   3 Stars!

I have only read one Victor Methos and that was "Crimson Lake Road" which was second in the Desert Plains series. I totally enjoyed that page turner! 

This story is the second in the ‘Shepard & Gray series and sorry but I didn’t read the first one. 
In this story prosecutor Solomon Shepard and Sheriff Billie Gray are once again working together.
Solomon is being stalked by Alonso Hafeez, whom he sent to jail eleven years ago and is now being released.
Yikes Alonso Hafees is such an evil horrible person ~ it was difficult to read some of his activities. I do like Solomon and Billie; I will probably read the next in this series. In the meantime, I need to get some visuals out of head!

Want to thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for granted me the pleasure of reading this early eGalley. 
Publishing Release Date scheduled for April 25, 2023
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I was issued this book for my unbiased opinion by NetGalley.

I always enjoy a Victor Methos book, and this one certainly didn't disappoint.  Solomon Shepard is an interesting character for sure.  Once again he is in a tough spot.  With the help of Sheriff Billie Gray, he dives into another adventure.  The story is another page turner and well worth the time.  Thoroughly enjoyed and looking forward to more!
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Book 2 in the series and a great addition! I am wholly invested and can’t wait for book 3. The characters are unique and I love their dynamic. The case was disturbing and full of twists. I read this in a matter of hours, I couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to more from this author!
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