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The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall 99p Today

I saw this on Amazon Daily Deals today. For anyone who hasn’t read it this is a great novel from an unusual viewpoint and at 99p for today an absolute bargain!

A Sacrificial man


What I want to say is that suicide is my choice. No-one else is to blame. Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime: Will you help me to die?
When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence. Alice insists her story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyse their own lives. Who is to decide what is normal and when does loyalty turn to obsession? Investigating the loophole that lies between murder and euthanasia, Cate must now meet the woman who agreed to comply with her lover’s final request. Shocking revelations expose bitter truths that can no longer be ignored.

My Review

Ruth Dugdall has created a second book featuring Cate Austin, a Probation Officer. As in The Woman Before Me the reader enters the story after the crime and after the trial but Alice has not been imprisoned, instead the judge is waiting for Cate Austin to recommend a sentence. Alice answered an online advert ‘Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime. I will lift mine eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. Will you help me to die?’ Smith is dead but should Alice be punished?

Once again as a Probation Officer Cate is writing a report on a woman carrying out a crime which we don’t associate with women. Cate Austin teases out information from Alice and carries out her own investigations and the facts presented at the start of the book are not as clear as they first seem. A great second book and once again I can’t wait to see what Ruth Dugdall will serve up next.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

6 thoughts on “The Sacrificial Man – Ruth Dugdall 99p Today

  1. This is a dilemma that society has got to face up to sooner rather than later so I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see more books dealing with the issue.


  2. Now this is one book that I’ll have to add to my TBR shelf, the blurb seems intriguing.

    Btw this is so weird – I’m living in Cyprus, in Europe. So I click on your Amazon link to check it out and I get this:

    “Kindle titles for your country are not available at Please shop for Kindle titles at”

    I need to click over to the US version to get a book within Europe, lol. How weird is that!


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