#BookReview of The Playing Card Killer by Russell James @rrjames14 @flametreepress @annecater #RandomThingTours

#BookReview of The Playing Card Killer by Russell James @rrjames14 @flametreepress @annecater #RandomThingTours The Playing Card Killer by Russell James
Published by Flame Tree Press on February 14, 2019
Pages: 288
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During withdrawal from anti-anxiety medications, Brian is plagued by dreams of women strangled and then left with a playing card tucked in the corpse. But then a nightmare's victim shows up on the news, dead. Brian fears he may be the unwitting killer. Detective Weissbard thinks the same thing, and starts to build a case to get Brian behind bars. But there's more to these slayings. Brian finds that his family tree has yielded an unknown brother, Tyler, with a penchant for murder. Tyler is willing to frame Brian for the crimes, unless Brian wants to join Team Playing Card Killer.

My Review

Well, welcome to the cray cray for sure of Mr James! This book had me hooked from the start as we watch Brian trying to struggle with day to day life after coming off all his medication. The hallucinations he started to have were quite frankly mental and if I had been experiencing them, terrifying! I mean how would you cope if the “hallucinations” you were having were occurring in real life!

I mean to be visiting by Mr Jitters, erm no thank you, you can move along with that one thanks!! The description of Mr Jitters was something out a horror film, Slenderman with a face came to mind!

When we are not with Brian, going through withdrawal and the intense mind-boggling dreams, we are introduced to Detective Weissbard. Weissbard is a retired NYPD policeman, residing in Tampa and who was the lead on the Playing Card Killer case but his douche boss pulled rank.

So enough about the plot is this an author I would be happy to pick up and read again, hell yeah!!! The thrill of this book with the unsolved crimes with a dash of the supernatural is perfect for me! My first outing with Mr James has been an eye-opener for sure!

He has given a voice to some damaged and crazy people, but he has made them so arresting that you keep the pages turning to find out how it will all end. Mr James has also made Brian highly unreliable, I mean are these just dreams we are experiencing with him? Or could he be the Playing Card Killer? I mean he couldn’t be……….could he?

The writing style is an easy one to sit back in and devour the words. It draws you in a piece by piece and is extremely unwanting of letting you go.

Flame Tree Press is my goto publisher at the moment, I have not read a book by them that has disappointed me yet. With their upcoming epic schedule of releases, I can not wait to get my grubby little mitts on the books!

As I am on the second day, I have only one review to showcase so please check it out!

Don Jimmy Reviews says


The Playing Card Killer explores many different elements but is ultimately a crime thriller. Our protagonist Brian, has come of the medication he has been on since youth and is tormented with dreams in which people are being strangled. Then these bodies start appearing in real life, and we are left wondering, WTF is going on!!

Until next time xxx

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Thank you so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About Russell James

Russell R. James was raised on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching late night horror on TV, despite his parents’ warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn’t make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida. After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, he became a technical writer by day and spins twisted tales by night. His wife reads what he writes, rolls her eyes, and says “There is something seriously wrong with you.”

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4 Comments

  1. February 19, 2019 / 9:10 am

    Yes, medication withdrawal is awful. It can make you do some out of this world stuff. Plus the world looks different. I think I like the sound of this book.

    • Zoé
      Author
      February 19, 2019 / 9:30 am

      It is an interesting take on a thriller for sure.

  2. February 19, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    Your enthusiasm for these books is terrific! Thanks so much for the blog tour support Zoe x

    • Zoé
      Author
      February 19, 2019 / 3:47 pm

      I absolutely love all the Flame Tree press books, thank you for having me on the tours! xx

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