Manual for a Murder by Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: Manual for a Murder

Author: Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias

Publisher: Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias

Publish Date: June 24, 2018

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

Manual for a Murder by Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias


Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.

Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.

Manual for a Murder by Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias


Marina has an affair with a married coworker. After their affair ends, her former lover’s wife is killed. Oscar is a police detective investigating the death. When Oscar finds out about the affair, Marina is added to the suspect list.

This story is divided into three parts. The first and last are from Marina’s point of view and the second is from Oscar’s point of view. The two different viewpoints add a little more intensity to the story than if only one was presented.

I read a translated version of this book. There were some parts that read a little awkward, and that slowed the flow of the story for me. This is a short book though, so it was still a fast read.

Dark, clever, and tragic. A good read for mystery fans.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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