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Book Review INSPIRED BY MURDER by Audrey J. Cole

Book Review INSPIRED BY MURDER by Audrey J. ColeAbout the Author

Book Review INSPIRED BY MURDER by Audrey J. Cole

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. After living in Australia for the last five years, Audrey now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.

Website: https://www.audreyjcole.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AudreyJCole

Twitter: https://twitter.com/audreyjcole

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-J.-Cole/e/B071GFZMLT

The Synopsis of Inspired by Murder

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To write the perfect murder, he needs to commit the perfect crime.

Tired of his day job, psychiatrist Eric Lero yearns to fulfill his true destiny of becoming a New York Times bestselling author. But there is one thing he lacks to create an enthralling murder mystery: real-life inspiration.

The nation is shocked when a famous Seattle resident and his wife are found dead in their upscale Madison Park neighborhood. It looks like a murder-suicide, but Detective Blake Stephenson isn’t convinced. Stephensons grows suspicious of Dr. Leroy when more people connected to the doctor are being killed.

As Stephenson investigates Dr. Lero, he uncovers a  dark past filled with secrets. Meanwhile, the headlines are reeling with a killer on the loose in Seattle. as the death toll rises, Stephenson struggles to find enough evidence to arrest the doctor –  before he kills again.


No sooner had he started typing when he heard the familiar sound of his neighbor’s drums pulsating through the wall. He tried to tune it out, but the beat grew louder, faster. He couldn’t think straight.

He needed total silence when he wrote. He found any noise, even classical music, a total distraction that blocked his creative pathways. While he would’ve loved to get lost in his favorite AC/DC album while he crafted his novel, that is exactly what his novel would be if he did: lost.

In his book, On Writing, Stephen King tells how he cranks head-banging hard metal while he pens his manuscripts. Eric was in awe of this. For him, that would be utterly impossible. His genius was best unleashed in the quiet.

His neighbor never drummed this late. At least, he never did until Eric asked him not too. The throb of the drums felt like it was coming from inside Eric’s head. He couldn’t take it anymore. He jumped out of his chair and marched down the hall to his door. He banged twice. Then again. But the drums didn’t stop. He banged again, but his neighbor probably couldn’t hear it over his obnoxious drumming.

Eric took a deep breath and tried to calm down. But his anger about Dwayne’s arrest, his new dud of a secretary, and his neighbor’s relentless drumming was an overwhelming force he could no longer contain.

He had tried to be nice. If his neighbor had answered the door, he would’ve politely asked him to stop. But now he had forced his hand. There was only one thing left to do. Eric turned back for his apartment to retrieve his gloves, lock-picking kit, and something he could use to strangle the drummer.

My Review

Book Review INSPIRED BY MURDER by Audrey J. Cole

This is the first book I’ve read by Cole. Let me tell you, it won’t be the last. Thoroughly enjoyed it from the moment I picked it up. What I really enjoyed about it is the comical side. Yes, people were being murdered but Dr.Leroy was hilarious whilst he was committing these crimes.  It was a really nice twist to a murder mystery. One I had not seen before and at times had me laughing out loud.

It was a book that kept me captivated the whole time with plenty of twists and surprises and many chuckles. Well written and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. Cole thank you for the great read.

My Overall Rating

Book Review INSPIRED BY MURDER by Audrey J. Cole

COVER DESIGN – 5 STARS – Absolutely loved the cover. The colors choices are perfect. appealing to the eye. The image draws you in to look closer. 

CHARACTERIZATION – 5 STARS – No complaints. By the end of the story, I felt like I knew everyone. Well developed. Easy to imagine.

STORY & PLOT 5 STARS – Kept me captivated the whole time. I was sorry when I turned the last page. Loved the humorous part of the story also. 

OVERALL RATING – 5 STARS – Excellent read, highly recommend. Easy to follow and an extremely satisfying read.

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12 thoughts on “Book Review INSPIRED BY MURDER by Audrey J. Cole”

  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks for your question, Bernie. 🙂 No, none of the characters are based off of real people that I know. There are some real-life killers like Ted Bundy and Robert Durst who helped inspire Dr. Leroy’s character though.

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