The Butcher and The Wren: A Novel&nbsp by Alaina Urquhart;Hardcover – September 13, 2022

The Butcher and The Wren: A Novel Hardcover – September 13, 2022 by Alaina Urquhart (Author)

The Butcher and The Wren: A Novel by ALAINA URQUHART Hardcover – September 13, 2022


From the co-host of chart-topping true crime podcast Morbid, a thrilling debut novel told from the dueling perspectives of a notorious serial killer and the medical examiner following where his trail of victims leads

Something dark is lurking in the Louisiana bayou: a methodical killer with a penchant for medical experimentation is hard at work completing his most harrowing crime yet, taunting the authorities who desperately try to catch up.

But forensic pathologist Dr. Wren Muller is the best there is. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of historical crimes, and years of experience working in the Medical Examiner’s office, she’s never encountered a case she couldn’t solve. Until now. Case after case is piling up on Wren’s examination table, and soon she is sucked into an all-consuming cat-and-mouse chase with a brutal murderer getting more brazen by the day.

An addictive read with straight-from-the-morgue details only an autopsy technician could provide, The Butcher and the Wren promises to ensnare all who enter.

Editorial Reviews


“When someone who cuts open bodies for a living writes a story, it just rings true. The authenticity is there—more than just any writer can bring. Alaina has literally had her hands inside hundreds of people—and she delivers a forensic scientist vs. serial killer tale that cuts with precision and cuts to the bone. Dr. Wren Muller is poised to go on your Mount Rushmore of mystery heroes.” — Billy Jensen, New York Times bestselling author of Chase Darkness with Me

About the Author Alaina Urquhart

 She is the science-loving co-host of the chart-topping show Morbid: A True Crime Podcast. As an autopsy technician by trade, she offers a unique perspective from deep inside the morgue. Alaina hails from Boston, where she lives with her wonderful husband, John, their three amazing daughters, and a ghost Puggle named Bailey. She is about 75 percent coffee, and truly believes she and Agent Clarice Starling could be friends.

Before writing her first psychological horror novel, she received degrees in criminal justice, psychology, and biology. When she isn’t hosting Morbid, she hosts the Parcast original show Crime Countdown, and a horror movie podcast called Scream!. Her days are usually spent either recording or eviscerating. The way she sees it, when she hangs up her microphone for the day, it’s time to let the dead speak.

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