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Published by Robert Hale, 31 December 2014. ISBN
Despite the title, which might lead you to believe that we are looking
at a novel set in a cold clime, this book is set in Cyprus. The forensic
pathologist, Karen Laos, normally based in Manchester, is asked to go to Cyprus
to do the autopsy on a young British officer found dead in suspicious circumstances.
The background history of Cyprus in the late 20th century with the clash
of the Cypriot government and the British military command at the British
military bases is thoroughly explained which is helpful in the circumstances of
Karen is highly professional operator and her work
is important in elucidating the history of the murky events on the base in
which the dead officer, Andrew Morrison, had become embroiled. Her work
is comprehensively described, possibly in too much technical detail for the
average reader. Gradually the story unfolds of crime syndicates running a
drug trade with the aid of corrupt officials.
The characters, good and bad, do come alive and the
ramifications of events reach a satisfactory conclusion. This is a satisfying
read. Matthew Malekos shows his professional knowledge as an
ex-psychiatric nurse and his knowledge of Cyprus.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
This is the second book about Karen Laos, the first
was Peroxide Homicide.
Matthew Malekosis an ex-psychiatric nurse. He lives on the island
on Cyprus with his civil partner.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.