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by Piatkus, 1 January 2014. ISBN: 978-0-349-40313-7
When the dead body of a man is
discovered in a hotel in Tradmouth, DI Wesley Peterson is called to
investigate. Initially, the case looks a routine matter but identifying the
corpse proves elusive.
boss, DCI Gerry Heffernan is now back on
duty after being shot on a previous case and is still not quite up to full
strength.His confidence is further
undermined by being presented with a number of cold cases by his boss, Chief
Superintendent Noreen Fitton (Aunty Noreen). As Gerry remarks to Wesley, when
you are given ‘cold cases’ it’s because they think that you can’t cut it with a
as Wesley begins to make progress with his enquires, a second murder occurs leading
to yet another suspicious death.
Wesley is pursuing his case, his old university friend Neil Watson of the
County Archaeological unit is acting as a visiting expert on a proposed TV series called ‘Ultra Dig’.The first site chosen, is the lost village of
Sandrock, which was swept way during storms in February 1918. Although frustrated at the time wasted in
hanging about while the director sets the scene Neil is delighted to meet the
leader of the dig Lucy Zinara whom he has only previously known by reputation.
alongside the current investigation is the narrative of Martha, a servant girl,
who in July 1913 finds herself pregnant by the young master of the house.Both stories are equally fascinating, and
hold the reader enthralled as both situations progress, sadly proving that
human nature doesn’t change for the better.
Wesley’s investigation becomes more complicated, as more motives and more
suspects emerge, Martha’s situation will have long tentacles that will reach
forward down years to her descendants.
19th book in the series is as good if not better than the forgoing
ones.The only unchanged elements being
Pam Peterson remaining unhappy with her lot as Wesley seems always to be
working.Why did she marry a policeman
then? DS Rachel Tracey, who although now engaged to Nigel continues to hanker
after Wesley, and Neil – well maybe things could be looking up for Neil, or are
plotted.Most highly recommended
was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. She is interested in
archaeology and lives in North Cheshire.Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers' Association Short
Story Dagger and has also been nominated for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime
Novel of the Year.