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Murder Theory

The Naturalist, Book 3
Narrated by: Will Damron
Series: The Naturalist, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

The desire to kill is becoming contagious in this riveting novel of conceivable mad science by The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Naturalist.

Computational biologist and serial-killer hunter Dr. Theo Cray receives an off-the-record request from the FBI to investigate an inexplicable double homicide. It happened at the excavation site where a murderer had buried his victims’ remains. In custody is a forensic technician in shock, with no history of aggression. He doesn’t remember a thing. His colleagues don’t even recognize the man they thought they knew. But an MRI reveals something peculiar. And abnormal. 

What on earth made him commit murder? 

After discovering that a mysterious man has been stalking crime scenes and stealing forensic data, Cray has a radical and terrifying theory. Now he must race against time to find a darker version of himself: a scientist with an obsession in pathological behavior who uses his genius not to catch serial killers - but to create them.

©2019 Andrew Mayne (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Gwen J.
  • 04-10-19

Informative

I like this series, but it seems to be lost in translation. Theo is no longer a quiky genius trying rid the world of serial killers. He seems to be evolving into one. The book gave a wealth of information about random things, but no real plot or purpose. Not a bad read, just disappointing compared to previous books

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  • shelley
  • 06-02-19

Third one's a charm!!!!

First I'd like to say how much I enjoy the Naturalist Series by Andrew Mayne. I look so forward to these books getting released ever since I listened to the first book in the series. The fact that this series is narrated by Will Damron is a huge plus for me as he is a favorite of mine. This book can be listened to as a stand alone but I would suggest listening to this series in order. For anyone who hasn't listened to this series I think you will appreciate the protagonist's quirky behavior more with the series history. In this book the protagonist, socially awkward Theo Cray PhD is drawn into another investigation. There is a rogue virus is infecting select people but the FBI seems to be missing the clues. Theo is a genius who tends to work alone due to his inability to relate to or tolerate others shortcomings when he sees things so clearly. His investigation into this virus lead him down a path where his decisions are not necessarily thought out as far as consequences. However, he does further his viral investigation with positive results. This story is fast paced and I was sorry when it ended. But what an ending!! I could not believe what I was hearing and had to laugh. Mayne has completely taken me off guard with the ending and has set up one heck of a cliffhanger to start off his next book with. If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition. This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS! If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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  • C.J. Johnson
  • 09-02-19

Mayne scores again.

Wow! I just finished the audiobook of Murder Theory and it was excellent. The narration was great and the storytelling was superb. Theo Cray (I’ve listened to all three books, so if I spelled that wrong I apologize) is a really interesting character and I believe each book stands well in its own. There are enough call backs to previous books to remind me of what happened in them, but not distractingly so. Andrew does a great job of explaining science in a way that the science nerd in me is satisfied and clearly enough that my wife, who also listened (and isn’t a science nerd) wasn’t lost. She mentioned specifically that she appreciated how well he explained science concepts. The twists, turns and surprises kept me moving along and wanting more. I actually got sad towards the end of the book that it was going to end. The mark of a truly engrossing story. While you don’t have to listen to books one and two, I’d recommend doing so, as they’re excellent too. I give these books my highest recommendation and Andrew Mayne has become one of my favorite newer authors. I hope he becomes one of yours too.

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  • Gale Di
  • 10-10-19

Theo goes overboard!

The third of Theo series was interesting, but not as good as the last two. Theo was a little too paranoid in this one. Still a fan but a little disappointed.

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  • Dana E. Warren
  • 03-07-19

Third book not so good

I really enjoyed the first two books. This one didn’t develop any characters. I found it disappointing. I hope book four is much better.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-04-19

Love the Naturalist

I love the Naturalist, but this book just did not compare to the other books. The first book was great. Maybe as the character becomes more and more super, working with the government the excitement has been lost. The story has become another super special agent book. I can see the character having some falling from grace happen to try and save the series and keep it interesting.

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  • Judy Schafe -Runge
  • 15-02-19

Not a fun read

This wasn’t so bad that I would try to return it, but close. I actually managed to finish it, but it took a lot to convince myself it was worth it. (Time and money already invested...?) Too much time dedicated to technical musings. Even if you could follow it, it was really boring. And situations grew more and more improbable. What ever happened to verisimilitude? I’ve had it with this series.

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  • Big Daddy
  • 14-02-19

Not as good as the first 2 books

This was a real let down. I'd been anxiously awaiting this book since I had really enjoyed the first 2 books. Disappointing.

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  • courtney groupe
  • 13-02-19

Theo cray is the best!!!

Another banger!!! Can’t get enough of dr cray!! Thrilling till the very end!!! Great narration too!

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  • Paris Bernhardt
  • 11-02-19

Eccentric genius

I really enjoy this series. Very clever and the narrator suits the character. I would enjoy a bit more of Julian, the girlfriend but I liked the addition of the characters at the end. I still like the first book best but this is a great addition to the series. If you are a fan of Lincoln Child’s Pendergast books this is for you. It’s very well thought out, creepy but not too creepy, and the main character is flawed but very likeable and a genius. You definitely care what happens to him. Can’t wait for the next one!

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