AA Chaudhuri: The Scribe

Today I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Scribe. My review is written with thanks to Hannah Groves at Endeavour Media for inviting me to take part and for my copy of the book.


Making it as a lawyer has always been a cutthroat business.

But now that a sadistic serial killer is on the loose the consequences could prove deadly… A killer is targeting former students of The Bloomsbury Academy of Law. The victims – all female – are gruesomely butchered according to a pattern corresponding with the legal syllabus. Even more disconcerting are riddles sent by the killer to investigating officer, Chief Inspector Jake Carver, offering clues as to who is next and where they will die.

Up-and-coming lawyer Madeline Kramer, a former classmate of a number of the slain, soon finds her life turned upside down by the savagery. And when she decides to help Carver track down the killer, she places herself in mortal danger. Can Maddy unscramble the complex riddles, and save her own life and those of others destined to die?

A. A. Chaudhuri’s Ripper-like mystery, The Scribe, throws down a challenge even hardened crime thriller fans will be unable to resist.


The Scribe is the reader’s first introduction to DCI Carver and Maddy Kramer, and I understand there are future books to come featuring them. This is good news, as I loved their partnership and enjoyed this novel. Chaudhuri touches on the personal lives of both Carver and Maddy in this novel and they both have interesting back stories which I would like to see explored further.

Chaudhuri draws on her knowledge of law practice in The Scribe and I learnt a lot from it as the killer created riddles for Carver and Maddy to solve. The killer’s methods are incredibly creative and this drew me in to the novel as I wanted to find out how the crimes were committed.

The Scribe is full of tension. Occasionally, Maddy acts in a way that does not fit with my expectations of an intelligent lawyer and at times, this was frustrating. However, Maddy’s actions often create a sense of danger which is what keeps the novel ticking, compelling me to find out more. I was often on tenterhooks as the death count continued to rise.

I loved all the red herrings in The Scribe and the opportunity to try and solve the case along with Carver and Maddy. This novel has no shortage of twists and turns which constantly piqued my interest.

The Scribe is available from Amazon.

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