Looks to Die For
A serial killer’s dark obsession with the preservation of beauty sees him return to stalk the streets of Penzance in the summer of 2019. It’s 23 years since his first victims went missing, setting DI Brandon Hammett on the hunt for the Sleeping Beauty Killer.
A beautiful woman is being held captive in an unknown location. Although not physically injured, she is manacled to a chair in a darkened, sinister dining room. Her captor is polite but menacing. Her female companions silent spectators.
When a glass box is found in Prussia Cove, containing a conch and the ear of a missing beauty, a murder investigation is launched. Is the Sleeping Beauty Killer back? Or is this a copycat killing?
What’s clear is an evasive, clever killer is at large, presenting DI Brandon Hammett with his biggest challenge to-date.
"This is a great debut novel from a writer I can’t wait to read again. Highly recommended," Judi Daykin, author of the DS Sara Hirst novels.
"Unpredictable, sometimes shocking, and with a hint of humour too. Recommended by me," Anne Cater, Random Things Tours
"Not all crime thrillers can hold your attention from first page to last, but this is one of them," J.L. Dixon, John's Bookshelf.
Fairest Creatures is available to buy from Amazon, Waterstones, Leamington Books, The Edge of The World Bookshop, Penzance and other good independent and major booksellers.
IN THE PRESS
Assured and intriguing, Fairest Creatures is a book that will grip you from the first page and hold you to the last.
AUTHOR OF THE CAPTAIN KOROLEV NOVELS
A dark and sinister hunt for a serial killer had me hooked from the first page.
DREDA SAY MITCHELL MBE
AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER
Superb! You must not miss this.
For anyone who wants a great read, not just crime thriller readers. I gave Fairest Creatures, by Karen Taylor, five stars, as if there was any doubt
Karen is a UEA alumni crime writer whose latest novel Fairest Creatures was longlisted for the 2020 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger. The book features DI Brandon Hammett, a Texan detective with Cornish roots. Based in Penzance, Fairest Creatures covers the reappearance after 23 years of the Sleeping Beauty Serial killer, a murderer who macabrely 'immortalises' his beautiful victims.
Born in London, Karen is also a journalist and editor with wide ranging experience, covering anything from business to lifestyle.
An avid reader and film goer, Karen is loving the chance to create stories in the dramatic cinematic setting of Cornwall.
She spends her time between Penzance and London.