Serial killers and murder are what make Laura Drake’s novels bestsellers. Twelve years ago, she came to Castlebay to write Murder, the first book of her Black Shadow series. But a terrifying experience with Regina Tate made her too frightened to return to write the sequel.
Now, Laura is finally back in Castlebay.
Mayhem begins where Murder ended in fictional Shadylake with serial killer Alice Crain. Alice has just murdered Eve Collins and stolen her manuscript. Willing to do anything to become a famous mystery writer, she decides to write what she knows best—murder. Alice’s plan—one murder equals a new chapter.
When Laura Drake completes Mayhem, a last-minute decision leads her to visit an old woman in Bear Ridge. With each strange signpost, she’s pulled into her own mystery of black shadows.
Serial killer Alice Crain is a character in Laura’s books.
But who is Laura Drake, the writer who created Alice?
What makes Laura so adept at writing about murder and mayhem?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Sierra Edelen for Readers' Favorite Mayhem continues where Murder left off in the Black Shadow Series, with Meg Ryder searching for the answers as to who killed her best friend Eve Collins. At least in Laura Drake’s novel that is. In reality it has been twelve years since Laura wrote Murder. After twelve years Laura has finally returned to Castlebay, the inspiration for her fictional Shady Lake. Come to finish what she started, Laura writes her second book and, finishing her novel, she decides to take a detour to visit an old lady whose card had been slipped under her door. As she nears the old lady’s house, coincidences start to add up and Laura starts to question her reality. Who is Laura Drake? As always, Linda Guyan’s book was a pleasure to read. Mayhem is a wonderful story that turns the meaning of murder mystery on its head. There are so many plot twists and fourth wall breaks in this book that it is hard to keep track! That being said, Mayhem is expertly written with intricate, well-developed characters and a story line that is never boring. When looking for a new and refreshing take on the murder mystery genre, I would definitely recommend any of Linda Guyan’s novels, but especially the Black Shadow Series. Any readers who choose to read Mayhem are in for a great treat. Linda Guyan has become my favorite murder mystery author and I very much look forward to reading more of her work!