Beneath Her Skin

A Kes Morris File

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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 24 Jan 2022
Nimbus Publishing, Nimbus Publishing Limited

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Description

When a small east coast town falls prey to a series of shocking murders, city homicide detective Kes Morris is called in to lead the case with the aid of the local precinct. As usual, she's the only woman in the room, and must draw on the lessons passed down by her detective father, a furtive and dangerous practice of going deep inside a killer's mind to put on their skin.
What Kes uncovers is a web of gruesome crimes reaching back decades, and a town that may have been complicit. With a reputation of being hard, relentless and unbending to authority, she finds herself on the hunt for a killer seeking brutal retribution, someone who takes sadistic pleasure in the death and wants their work seen. The farther she follows the trail, the more the line blurs between guilt and innocence, predator and prey.
An atmospheric thriller with complex characters, Beneath Her Skin signals the emergence of a bold new voice in crime fiction and a dark and thrilling new series.

When a small east coast town falls prey to a series of shocking murders, city homicide detective Kes Morris is called in to lead the case with the aid of the local precinct. As usual, she's the only...


Advance Praise

“The writing is first-rate, the novel tightly plotted. The reader is swept along by the expert pacing and the mounting suspense. Who is killing these people and why? As Kes digs into the town’s history, she uncovers horrific secrets in the town’s dark past.”
–49th Shelf

“A truly compelling mystery about a series of grisly murders in a lovely east coast town. The writing is superb, the novel tightly plotted. The reader is swept along by the expert pacing and mounting suspense as the bodies pile up and suspects emerge from the shadows. Detective Kes Morris becomes conflicted as she closes in on the killers, and we understand why, when she finds evidence of unspeakable events in the town’s past. Porter has created an authentic, fully-realized character in Detective Morris, and we’ll want to hear from her again.”
–Anne Emery, Arthur Ellis Award–winning author of Though the Heavens Fall

“The writing is first-rate, the novel tightly plotted. The reader is swept along by the expert pacing and the mounting suspense. Who is killing these people and why? As Kes digs into the town’s...


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4.5 rounded up!

First of all, huge thanks to Nimbus publishing for the ARC of this book. This was the first work from this author I’ve read. I have a tendency to like mysterious and reclusive authors.

Ok, the book. It’s an extremely fast-paced read that did not disappoint. This was one I was able to finish in one sitting with minimal points of boredom, if any at all.
Kes Morris, our lead detective and MC is easily like able. Kes is investigating a gruesome murder, all the while more bodies keep piling up and suspects come out of the woodwork.

Honestly, the book read like a good criminal minds episode. The plot was polished, and the ending satisfying.

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A tense police proceedural with a strong, almost reckless female lead detective. She gets called in to work on a series of gruesome murders and uses her ability to get inside the mind of the killer and pain killers to help her process the information. Very involving book

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A good, fast, tense police procedural with gruesome murders revolving around past child abuse. The investigation team worked well together with a strong, likeable female lead detective. A great start to a new series and I’m looking forward to reading future stories.

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Special thanks to Nimbus Publishing and Netgalley for the e-arc of this novel.

If you like mystery/thriller/detective novels, this one is for you.

It's fast-paced. Grabs you on the first page. A can't put down mystery.

The writing and the character development are great. This appears to be the first in a series and I can't wait for the next novel.

There is graphic violence, its not a "cozy mystery" by any means.

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Special thanks to Numb us Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC of this book.

Oooh I really liked this book. It has a tough woman detective, who has some anger issues and problems of her own, but she comes into this town determined to solve a murder, and then the murders keep piling up.

I love a strong female character and this is a disturbing book. I just wish we had a little more knowledge of the main character, Detective Kes Morris, and the reasons she is the way she is. Hopefully we will learn more about her because this book is slated to be a series. I would absolutely recommend this book.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Nimbus Publishing for the opportunity to read and review the new book from C.S. Porter - "Beneath Her Skin".

"Beneath Her Skin" is the first in what should be a great new series featuring Detective Kes Morris, Detective Morris, like so many other fictional detectives, has some demons that chase her (but she keeps them in check for the most part), as well as the 'ghost' of her Detective-father whose words of support help keep her on track.

When a small fishing town is rocked by a particularly gruesome and extremely weird murder, Detective Kes Morris is called in from the big city. (Note, the locale of this novel is not really explained, but most of us figure it's on the East Coast of Canada - the author is Canadian.)

Detective Morris quickly gathers a team to her from the available police force, a team that includes one member who was eyewitness to the first of the killings, and has a personal reason for wanting to find the perpetrators.

What they are not prepared for are the next killings, and the fact that the killers manage to get in and out without leaving a trace, and the murders look to be very, very personal.

As clues begin to build up, and Det. Morris begins to build a reputation locally {"Crusher"), everything begins to centre around a defunct religious-run school that burned down some time ago - yet there are signs that someone has been around leaving memorials - are they for the previous residents or the current victims? And are they really victims?

As the detectives begin to put local lore and current events together, a picture of absolute horror begins to emerge, and this will lead to the capture of the present-day killers as well as lift the veil on what occurred all those years ago.

As I said in the beginning, I hope this is the start of a great new series. Recommended.

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This was a good, and tense, police procedural. Detective Kes Morris is investigating a gruesome murder case, and the more she works, the more bodies seem to show up. She has a knack of being able to get inside a killer’s mind to help solve her cases, and with this case, she has her hands full! Very fast-moving, with no boring sections to flip through. I look forward to the rest of this series. Thanks to #NetGalley for my arc of Beneath Her Skin.

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