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Published by Severn House, 28 October 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7278-8666-8
‘My husband hasn’t come
home’ says Eve Glover to the duty officer at Leek police station.‘He’s never late’’ Although three
hours isn’t regarded as a serious for an adult man, DC Hesketh-Brown logs the
call and takes details.The following
Inspector Joanna Piercy having established that Jadon Glover has still not
returned to his home, visits his wife.Jason Glover, according to his wife is the perfect husband. Working for a professional company,
they are comfortable, and relatively newly married.However, as DI Joanna Piercy and DS
Mike Kopanski investigate they turn up information that suggests that Eve
Glover doesn’t know her perfect husband all that well.
As in previous books I like
following the investigation and how different enquires provide new leads. Some
are a dead end and some bear fruit. In this instant they find themselves in a
poorer part of the town, where the houses are terraced - small and poky.An air of poverty and uneasy silence
pervades. It would appear that Jadon Glover has dark secrets.Does the truth of his disappearance lie
behind the faded net curtains of these cramped dwellings?
Priscilla Masters has a gift for
creating interesting characters, that leap of the page to you and you just want
to know all about them.I enjoy the
working relationship that Joanna Piercy has with her sergeant Mike Kopanski, although it wasn’t
ever thus. This is the thirteen book in the series and it has taken sometime
for their working relationship to evolve to its present camaraderie.Although she and Matthew are now together at
Cottage, tensions still exist between Joanna and Matthews daughter by his first
marriage, and sadly also with her new in-laws, but as time passes, things
A fascinating mystery that kept
me guessing; and an uncomfortable look at the situations one can fall into when
times are difficult. Clever and thought provoking this book is highly
------ Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
Masters was born in Halifax, and brought up in South Wales, one of
seven multi racial children adopted by an orthopaedic surgeon and his Classics
graduate wife. Priscilla trained as a registered nurse in the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital Birmingham. She moved to Staffordshire in the 1970s, had an antiques
business for a while and two sons. She started writing in the 1980s in response
to an aunt asking her what she was going to do with her life! Winding up the Serpent was her first
Joanna Piercy story, published in 1995.Although that series is still continuing the latest Crooked Streetpublished
2016, she has also written several medical standalones and a new series
featuring coroner Martha Gunn, set in Shrewsbury. Her latest book is Dangerous Minds a psychological thriller featuring Dr Claire
Roget who is a forensic psychiatrist who has some very unpredictable patients.
It is set in Stoke on Trent.