Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @orion_crime #Thirteen


Author : Steve Cavanagh
Title : Thirteen
Series : Eddie Flynn #4
Pages : 320
Publisher : Orion
Publication date : January 25, 2018 (ebook)


They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?


The serial killer isn’t on trial. He’s on the jury.

Okay, seriously? Best tagline ever!!! Ever since I saw it, I had my eye on this book and just like that it shot up my list of most anticipated books of the year. How could it not? How can anyone resist? It’s safe to say my anticipations were incredibly high.

Now, I didn’t know this is actually the fourth book in a series since I’d never heard of Steve Cavanagh before, so I accidentally broke my own rule of never ever starting a series anywhere else but at the beginning. Luckily for me, this reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. There’s enough information to get to grips with the character of Eddie Flynn and where he comes from. Yet it’s also intriguing enough to make you want to pick up the previous books. Which I’ve already bought, in case you wondered.

Actor Robert Solomon is charged with the murder of his wife and his security guard. All the evidence points to Robert being guilty as sin but then things start to happen that don’t seem all too coincidental anymore and Eddie Flynn feels there may be something far more sinister going on.

I am a huge fan of legal thrillers and court drama. For the longest time, I got my fix by way of John Grisham. But well, let’s just say, I’ve felt like he’s been losing his touch for quite a while now. Enter Steve Cavanagh and all is well again in my legal thriller world. Especially as Thirteen combines all the things I love in a story. A great hook, crime fiction, fabulous characters, a serial killer and a bunch of murders, lawyers and their shenanigans, involving the FBI … I could go on.

This original premise makes for one insanely gripping and addictive tale. Not only is the court case fabulously compelling but the serial killer is one of the most fascinating and intriguing characters I’ve ever met. He’s meticulous, organised, adapts easily to various circumstances. Quite frankly, a bit of a genius, but in the psycho kind of way. And as for our main character, Eddie Flynn, I warmed to him from the start.

What more can I say? I absolutely loved this one and I can’t recommend it enough. Another one to add to my list of top books of the year and I can’t wait to get stuck into the other books in this series.

Thirteen is now available as an ebook.

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  27 comments for “Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh @SSCav @orion_crime #Thirteen

  1. January 30, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I flew through your review.. I read a few of them now and you guys all seem to ‘admire’ the dark side ;-). I didn’t know it was the fourth in a series, I assumed it was a standalone but I think I’ll skip right to this one too. Great review my dear!

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    • January 31, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Probably because it’s been done so brilliantly! I think you’ll be fine starting with this one. Hope you like it! xx

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  2. January 30, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I love the sound of this! Thanks for the heads up that it’s a series, I’ve downloaded book one 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Fab review! Even I might give this one a go!

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  4. January 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Fab review I’m hoping to read this one soon x

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 31, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you! Hope you love it as much as I do when you get around to it! xx


  5. January 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I love the cover and the strap line for this book. It sounds like an amazing read. Glad you loved it too.
    Amanda xx

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    • January 31, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      That tag line! I mean, really?! Hope the person who came up with it gets a big fat bonus 😄


  6. January 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Terrific review! I totally agree, who can resist reading this after reading that tag line. Just last week I realized this was book four in a series. I’ve been pondering…to read the backlist or not to read the backlist… what shall I do?! Luckily it isn’t available in the US until May so either way I have time. What do you recommend?

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  7. Jo
    January 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I’m glad you’ve said that this can be read as a standalone – I love the sound of it, but if I have to go through three other books to get to it, I’m not sure that I’ll ever make it there! Fab review!

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  8. January 31, 2018 at 3:05 am

    I read and enjoyed the first in the series but as usual haven’t kept up. Must try to fit him in somehow – great review!

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  9. January 31, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Great review! Somehow I always manage to come into a series in the middle. However, luckily for me, most work as standalone. This might as well. Thanks!

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  10. January 31, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Ooh that’s an AMAZING tag line! Great review I’ll be looking out for this one. 😁


  11. February 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Wow, yes, the blurb and the tagline are truly powerful! And a con artist turn lawyer? wow- that is one helluva mix! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      I know! I can’t wait to read how that came about 😄


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