The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne

The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1)

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an inves...

Details The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1)

TitleThe Naturalist (The Naturalist #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1)

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    The Naturalist (The Naturalist #1) by Andrew Mayne is a book I really enjoyed. It fed my eager science side of my brain, the mystery, and the side that likes a good scare! Brilliantly written with so many little things that had to be thought through...wonderful. Going in my favorites for sure. Lots of suspense, action, mystery, and the science part of it was fun too. I love these kind of mysteries.
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.Note: I originally posted that I was giving this book 3.5 stars. Upon further consideration, I've given it 3.75.There are so many things I loved about The Naturalist! First, there's our main man, Professor Theo Cray. He's a computational biologist. So basically he's a little nerdy, very smart, and, because he's now been drawn in to a murder investigation, a bit of a rogue Magnum, P.I...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Definitely the most addictive read of my year so far, borne out by the fact that I started this last night then finished it this morning - no messing. I literally only put it down to sleep.For a start how wonderful to find something a bit different - I can't say I've read a book before where the main protagonist is a Computational Biologist - the author makes this sound entirely fascinating and if you have a love of finding out small random facts...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum spent a day last week stumbling around in a sleep-deprived stupor because I had been up late the night before, and it was all this book’s fault since I’d refused to put it down until I was finished. Totally worth it, though. Talk about a page-turner! The Naturalist was exactly what I wanted out of a mystery-thriller—fascinating, addictive, and dramatic in all the ...
  • Bernie
    Stereotypical protagonist, stereotypical antagonist, plot holes galore, interesting, if questionable, science, and first person narrative in the present tense rather than past tense. An interesting read except for disappointing final chapter or two.Personal rant: I hate plot summaries that end with a question. Will he be able to do this before that happens? Makes me lose interest in the book. Stop. Just stop.
  • Jonathan Maas
    I loved this book, and though there were some flaws - they had soft edges to them. In short though:Pros:* Michael Crichton-esque. A lot of authority here - and you'll be smarter after reading it. I alternated between this and Yuval Noah Harari's Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and didn't feel bad about jumping away from Harari's non-fiction.* A page turner - beyond a page turner* Great use of data and data-trends as a way of tracking the ...
  • Ami
    I was pleased to choose this for my September Kindle First but in the end, I must admit to being quite happy I hadn't paid for it. It had stereotypical cliched cookie-cutter people with inane flat conversations and a story full of plot holes and dangling threads. IT WAS ALL TOO EASY! What makes this doubly disappointing is that it actually started out quite well, but it began going downhill at about halfway and by the end had degenerated into mad...
  • Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
    Enjoyable readThe geekiness of the main character appealed to me. Normally I do not like books written in the first person but this time I think it actually works for the story. The many short chapters sort of chopped up my reading flow though. I do think I will seek out some of this author's other books because overall I was pretty impressed with the handling of the characters and storyline.
  • Dennis
    3.5/5 starsIf you enjoy the tv channel Investigation Discovery or shows like Forensic Files, then Andrew Mayne's The Naturalist is the perfect read for you! It is a quick, dark read that doesn't sugar coat the plot, while not explicitly getting too grotesque. The story starts off with Dr. Theo Cray being questioned about the disappearance of one of his past students, Juniper, who police claim has a direct link to Dr. Cray. After routine questio...
  • Nancy Gold
    Really?Awful. The author was a magician and probably good at that job. A believable story teller, he is not. Too many quips, too much attitude, too much pseudo scientific facts mar this story. On the very first murder he forgot to tell you what happened to the boyfriend of the murdered girl who was camping with her. Too much blood to be believable. Please go back to being a magician.
  • Kenrick
    As a lifelong biology writer and amateur naturalist, the protagonist in this novel rings extremely hollow. The author claims to love science -- and I've no doubt he does -- but he should have spent more time in the research and editing phase making sure his protagonist sounded like an actual scientist and not just a weird Big Bang Theory-esque parody of one.The core conceit isn't a bad one, but it comes across as hackneyed in execution.
  • Michael Hicks
    If Dan Brown wrote a CBS-style crime thriller, it'd probably look a lot like Andrew Mayne's The Naturalist. It's big dumb fun, quickly paced, and routinely threatened this reader's willing suspension of disbelief with a number of inanities, ridiculousness, and just flat-out stupid plot points. The Naturalist is a highly readable work of fluffy entertainment, one that is strangely compelling but also not very good.Professor Theo Cray is a bioinfor...
  • JustSomeGuy
    Deciding to read this one was a total shot in the dark as I was without a book waiting for the library to re-open after the holiday break with books I had on hold. My September First Read email from Amazon came and I immediately selected this based on the primer sentence alone. Past selections of the First Read benefit have not gone well, but this one started out as a surprising exception. The main character in this book is the total opposite of ...
  • Debbie
    Wow!!! I haven't had that much fun reading a book in a long, long time! Don't get me wrong this serial killer thriller....thrills. It has it's seriously creepy, tense and edge of your seat moments but it was also extremely fun to read (yeah, I'm a little wacked), perfectly paced and balanced. This book follows Theo, the quintessential, socially awkward, and common sense lacking scientist, as he gets caught up in the hunt for the serial killer res...
  • Ed
    Remarkably original thriller about Dr. Theo Cray, a mild mannered science professor on a personal mission to prove the existence of a human serial killer who he believes, frames bears for his kills. As ridiculous as that sounds, it makes for a truly mesmerizing thriller that I was unable to put down. This is the first book I've read by this gifted author and certainly will not be my last.
  • Nicole
    It took me forever to read this book because #1. I kept falling asleep and #2. I dreaded picking it back up. Generally speaking, the story line was stupid, the characters were shallow and poorly developed, the action scenes were overly complicated and hard to envision, and the main character was so boring, I don't even remember his name. The first 30% of the book was like reading an encyclopedic entry on bears. Was the author trying to make us th...
  • Rade
    This book is one of the best reasons why I shouldn't rely on others to tell me what needs to be read because "you will not be able to put it down. It is that good". Well, I hate to disappoint but I did put this book down, a lot. So much so that I at times read five pages and got up to do something else, not going back to the book for days. In its core, I don't think the book was that bad. However, there a lot of plot holes in this book that I cou...
  • Jim Fromm
    SurpriseThis is what storytelling is all about. I was entertained, puzzled, educated, surprised, and satisfied. Reading is a pleasure when you are sure it is time well spent. Do yourself a favor and spend some time here. I am getting another one of Andrew Mayne's works immediately.
  • Tom Swift
    Really fun exciting read. Theo Cray is a research professor on a field trip in Montana, a bear attack to an old students leads to an exciting story.
  • Mark
    An unexpected pleasure. I don't know why I approached it with such suspicion -- maybe I no longer trust the Amazon or Goodreads algorithms. I don't know. But I wanted something different from my immediately preceding read so I thought "I'll give it a try". Very glad I did.Theo is a "computational biology" professor in the field when he's arrested in suspicion of a nearby murder. Turns out it's one of his former students and he had no idea she was...
  • Linda
    I loved the first half of The Naturalist. The clever and humble but socially awkward biologist who notices things that law enforcement doesn't, and uses his noodle to progress the case. I was thinking that this is a series I can get behind.But then it took a turn. (view spoiler)[A romance that felt contrived and unnecessary to me, and which conveniently helps the plot to move forward in the second half. Our nerdy scientist turns nearly action her...
  • Rina
    The beginning of the book started off a little slow and I found myself poking holes in this plot left and right. But the mystery drew me in once more dead bodies were found. This book is a fast paced thriller with an interesting main character. I was wanting to ditch work all week so I could finish reading it.
  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ book is addictive and fast-paced and a little bit creepy, with its success certainly lying in its intriguing and compelling mystery. Theo Cray, a university lecturer, goes to a litany of crazy lengths to solve the mystery at the book’s centre and find out what (or who) killed his former-student. Along the way, he discovers more and more victims to the thing lur...
  • Terynce
    The Naturalist read as a companion to those wacky procedural/investigative shows you often see on CBS. Take your pick: the Mentalist, Numbers, and others where one person or group of persons have some innate ability to see something others don't. Lie to Me is another example. If you buy the premise that, one, the character has those abilities and two, he would not be summarily arrested for interfering with an ongoing investigation, you could enjo...
  • LJ
    First Sentence: Red and blue police lights splash off the chipped chrome letters spelling ICE MACHINE. Professor Theo Cray uses computational science and applies it to biology, including the study of DNA. On a field trip, staying in a small town in northern Montana, he is taken in for police questioning related to recent deaths of women. One set of photos stands out. A young woman, one of Theo’s former students, had been involved. Theo ends up ...
  • Mary
    Warning, I am going to post spoilers. If you don't mind or want a good laugh, keep reading, if you don't, just save yourself time and don't read this book!Wow, where to begin? This book was so bad I literally laughed out loud several times while reading it. It started off with an interesting premise, and the science parts were interesting, I'll give it that. But the implausibility was ridiculous. Extremely educated, socially inept scientist who i...
  • Gare Billings
    This one starts of with a bang...deep in the woods late at night and boy is it eerie. The novel then jumps to our protagonist and Mayne wastes not one word getting right into the meat of the plot with this unique and interesting read. While it is at first, a slower read and generous with the pacing, Mayne does a great job of explaining the biology and scientific aspects of this read...even for someone like me who passed Biology by the skin of the...
  • Sue
    Dr. Theo Cray is a professor of Bioinformatics. He describes himself as a “biologist who stares at a computer screen and sometimes goes out into the real world.” When a former student, Juniper, is found dead, Theo is an immediate suspect. As the investigation and interrogation by Detective Glenn proceed, it is determined that Juniper was killed by a bear, not a man, and Theo is free to go. But he isn’t really free. Not free from the guilt h...
  • Darcey Hawkins
    This book is a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. I didn’t want to put it down. Theo Cray is a bumbling, brilliant main character with human flaws. I can’t wait to read the next one!
  • Brian Clegg
    There's a twilight border of science fiction, sometimes known as lab lit. It features science/scientists, but the science is more current than speculative - and one aspect of The Naturalist falls into this category. Its protagonist, Professor Theo Cray, is a computational biologist, who gets sucked into a murder enquiry and uses the tools of his trade to crack the case.You could argue that Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books fit in the same category...