Review: Left for Dead by Caroline Mitchell

left for deadA victim on display. A detective on the rails.

Shopping with her sister, DI Amy Winter is admiring a Valentine’s Day window display of a perfect bride encrusted in diamonds and resplendent in lace—until she notices blood oozing from the mannequin’s mouth.

This is no stunt. A post-mortem reveals the victim was left to die on her macabre throne for all to see. When a second victim is found, it emerges that both women were ‘Sugar Babes’ arranging dates with older men online—and Amy finds herself hunting an accomplished psychopath.

As she tracks down the killer, Amy’s instincts go into overdrive when the charismatic head of the agency behind the display makes no attempt to hide his fascination with her serial-killer parents. What exactly does he want from Amy? With her own world in freefall as her biological mother, Lillian Grimes, appeals her conviction, Amy pushes the boundaries of police procedure when a third ‘Sugar Babe’ disappears…Is she as much at risk as the killer’s victims?


DI Amy Winter is back and I couldn’t be more excited. I absolutely love this series. This time around, Amy is investigating a bizarre series of murders where the victims are left on display. The killer views the murders as art that needs to be seen by as big audiences as possible.

DI Amy is one of my favorite female detectives. Like most detectives in crime thrillers, she does have a complex background but hers is unique. Amy’s birth parents were serial killers. We get to see her work the case as she also tries to deal with her mother’s appeal. I feel like her character development has been very strong and, in this book, my mental image of her became sharper. Her astuteness never ceases to impress me and I like how she goes rogue sometime to solve the cases.

This case was interesting in that we knew who the baddie was right from the start. It was nerve-wrecking watching the detectives now try to solve the case. My heart skipped a bit whenever the detectives met the killer and I kept waiting for them to figure out that the monster was right in front of them. The case also made me curious about Amy. I started wondering whether her upbringing had affected her in negative ways. Can serial killers raise perfectly normal kids?

There was a lot to love in this story. Brilliant case, well-crafted characters and as always, impeccable writing. I can’t wait for book 4 in the series. I hope it won’t be another year long wait.


  1. I haven’t read any of the books in this series but this book sounds so good. I shall add the series to my wishlist. This one sounds really creepy but I do like novels where the reader knows who the killer is from the start and has to be on the edge of their seat as the police try to solve the crime! Fab review 🙂

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