Review of The Last Move


The Last Move

Mary Burton

Montlake Romance

May 19, 2017


In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she’s the final victim.

Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.

Either Kate made a deadly error, or she’s got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she’d put behind her.

Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren’t just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don’t believe everything you see…


It’s been several years since I read a Mary Burton novel, so I was happy to have the chance to rediscover her writing with The Last Move, her latest standalone novel.

Despite the fact that the reader knows who the murderer is early on, surprises still unfold along the way in this well-plotted novel. Both Kate Hayden and Theo Mazur are talented and I enjoyed the way Burton wrote the characters so that you could see them dissecting crime scenes or characterizing the individuals they were interviewing.

While the romance in The Last Move is light-weight, I didn’t mind. Both Kate and Mazur have past painful incidents that (not romantic) that they are trying to heal from and they seem to see the pain in each other.

The title refers to chess, a game that both Kate and William played in high school. The novel is much like a chess match, with logic and strategic moves.

This is definitely a page-turner, but it’s the discoveries in the last quarter that make this novel so satisfying.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

On sale tomorrow from Amazon: The Last Move


4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


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