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A Morbid Habit
Title : A Morbid Habit
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ISBN : 9780434022960
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400

The hands were warm. Soft fingers, but flesh inflected with iron. Squeezing. The tongue lolled and protruded from the mouth. Vertebrae fragmented, one, two, three, until finally the hands relaxed and the limp body slid from their embrace. Blood turned to ice and sealed the nostrils. It's the week before Christmas. Catherine Berlin sits alone gazing at a bank of monitors, eThe hands were warm. Soft fingers, but flesh inflected with iron. Squeezing. The tongue lolled and protruded from the mouth. Vertebrae fragmented, one, two, three, until finally the hands relaxed and the limp body slid from their embrace. Blood turned to ice and sealed the nostrils. It's the week before Christmas. Catherine Berlin sits alone gazing at a bank of monitors, each capturing a slice of a vast industrial estate. A van appears: two men delivering crates, moving quickly. Her boss tells her to ignore them, but she can't.Berlin's scars have faded, but she still walks with a limp. Broke, she's working nights as a relief CCTV operator, and looking for something more substantial. Her heroin habit is under control - only just.The night shifts end, but now Berlin herself is being watched. When an old friend offers her a job in Russia, she quickly agrees. The details are vague: an oligarch with a shady past, a UK company offering a high fee for Berlin to investigate. Easy enough.But Berlin arrives in Moscow to find that her problems are only just beginning. A body is found at the airport: a man clutching a sign reading 'Catherine Berlin'. There are figures following her, and her guide, a Brit named Charlie, has secrets to hide. When Berlin's oligarch goes missing, she finds that she cannot trust anyone or anything, even her past, if she is to survive.


A Morbid Habit Reviews

  • Michael

    A morbid Habit is the third installment in Annie Hauxwell's Catherine Berlin Series and for me is the best so far. Just like before it features bleak characters and scenes with the only difference this time being that the dreary surroundings of Moscow instead of London dominate the story.We join the story with Catherine throwing in her job working for a UK based 'international security solutions' company. After observing employees seemingly doing unscheduled duties she is told to 'Look the other [...]

  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling

    My View:Morbid Habit is a contemporary mystery/crime novel that is liberally laced with scenarios that could feasibly occur in today’s political and social climate. Deception, political manoeuvring, phone hacking, elements of “big brother” and the very popular “legally correct” process of being seen to be acting with “due diligence” (forgive my cynicism, it has been earned over time), these aspects are cleverly woven into this novel, all exist in the landscape of the modern world t [...]

  • Bree T

    Catherine Berlin is out of a job. She had been taking casual shifts for a security company but after noticing something amiss on a monitor and being told to turn a blind eye, Catherine knows that’s not really the job she wants to be doing. She knows something odd is going on and so she mentions it casually to a journalist friend of hers. Maybe he can do a bit of digging and find out what’s going on for her.Then an old friend offers her a job, doing an investigation. The fee will be very gene [...]

  • Tim

    I'm really not sure what to make of the Catherine Berlin series, there are parts that really grip me but at other times I find the characters and the story lines somehow annoying.

  • Angela Savage

    A Morbid Habit is the third novel in Annie Hauxwell's Catherine Berlin series and to my mind, it's her best yet. Set mostly in Russia, A Morbid Habit is as bleak and dark as a Moscow winter. The plot is satisfyingly complex, the suspense razor sharp, and the characters intriguing, if rarely likeable.Even Berlin herself is more intriguing than likeable, a woman who has maintained a career as a financial regulation investigator alongside a heroin habit for decades. In 2012's In Her Blood, she was [...]

  • Karen

    The third Catherine Berlin novel from Annie Hauxwell takes the concept of moving a character out of their comfort zone that bit further. Berlin is one of those unrepentant flawed types. A heroin addict she's prepared to manage the addiction with prescription medications, but she's really not able / or willing to give up totally. Anything that threatens her supply of drugs has a major impact on her comfort zone. She's also a welded-on resident of London. She knows her area very well, often walkin [...]

  • A Reader's Heaven

    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)It was the week before Christmas in chilly London, and Catherine Berlin is working the graveyard shift at an industrial estate as security. Two men arrive in a truck, unannounced - her supervisor suggests she just ignore it. Catherine can'tCatherine quits the job and is then offered another - a short trip to Moscow to assist in some minor work checking out the credentials of a Russian businessman who wants to [...]

  • Heath Henwood

    A Morbid HabitBy Annie HauxwellThis is the third novel in Annie Hauxwell’s Catherine Berlin Series. A series of dark crime fiction.Berlin is a financial investigator with a drug habit, and more issues that you can throw a stick at. The story opens with Berlin in London, however the scene quickly switches to Moscow, a few days before Christmas, as she accepts an assignment to investigate some Russian partners of a UK firm.The story was slow to start, and introduced many characters early. The ch [...]

  • Calzean

    A cracker of a crime story.Often in these crime series, there is the main (flawed) character and a cast of support characters who provide a number of secondary (and sometimes soap opera like) story lines. Not in this series. We have the main character, Catherine Berlin, and the plot. So both the plot and the character needs to be hold the reader's interest. Hauxwell delivers on both counts.A 57 year old addict in Russia who finds herself involved with political interests, big business, big broth [...]

  • Barbara Rohde

    Very readable, but the characters are thinly drawn so you don't emotionally invest in any of them. Some of them are superficial that it can become confusing. But the plot keeps you reading until the end.

  • Deb Bodinnar

    I would have to agree with quite a few other readers and say this novel was the best out of the three Annie has written so far. Poor Catherine goes through hell (again) only this time she is in Moscow. What will Annie come up with next for Berlin?