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by Freight Books, 13 April 2015. ISBN: 978-1-910449-00-4 (PBO)
Edinburgh PI Von Valenti’s search
for a missing homeless boy turns violent when it seems he’s linked to the
paintballing club where two members have just been shot dead ...
book alternates between two protagonists, Von Valenti, former Met detective
turned PI, and DI Steve English of Police Scotland, who worked under her at the
Met. Both are sympathetic characters. As a PI Valenti is efficient, resourceful
and empathetic with the many people she meets, vividly drawn minor characters
like Mhari, down but not out, and the older Ranald McCrea, lost in dementia.
However her private life is chaotic: fighting her resentful daughter, Georgie,
coping with Georgie’s baby Kylie, and embarking on a relationship with someone
who’s in the frame for the murders. While Valenti’s getting information by
dubious methods, English takes us into the official investigation, with
detailed forensic and computer work. The plot is fast-moving, and ends with a
satisfyingly suspense-filled climax and double twist. I really loved the
atmospheric use of the Edinburgh settings: the Dean Cemetery, with its stone
angels, the paintballing club, the amber stone New Town streets and the haunted
very readable PI/PP in a beautifully evoked Edinburgh setting.
Hania Allenwas born in Liverpool of Polish
refugees. She very nearly became Britain's first astronaut after taking full
part in Project Juno, a competition ultimately won by Helen Sharman. Her career
in education culminated in information management at the University of St
Andrews, a post she left to write full-time. Hania has lived in Scotland longer
than anywhere else and loves the country and its people. She currently resides
in a fishing village in Fife.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.