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Friday, 24 March 2017

‘Beyond all Doubt' by Paige Elizabeth Turner

Published by Matador,
28 January 2017.
ISBN 978-1-78589-884-6

The book starts with an undetected murder, described by the murderer!  Not surprising for a crime fiction book, of course, but the reader is left in a situation where the murder and its consequences run in parallel with the detection.  The DI is Michael Marchant, a somewhat unappealing middle aged man with some antediluvian attitudes.  Working with him is DS Olivia Watts, a bright girl whose insights are not always welcomed by Marchant.

The victim is identified by her fiancé, Trevor Taylor, and the team soon work out that she fell from a cruise boat on the river Avon.  There is a further death of a girl in Evesham who was stabbed outside a local pub.  While Marchant investigates the cruise boat owner and captain, Olivia makes further investigations into the first victim's fiancé.

After a third death an arrest is made and a tense trial ensues.  The verdict is reached with some difficulty in the jury room but then further complications follow.  The story is well told though the atmosphere is bleak.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Paige Elizabeth Turner already has a follow up adventure for Olivia in the pipeline.

Paige Elizabeth Turner has worked across a variety of industries from retail fashion through to transport police. Those roles, interacting with most sectors of the public and legal system, have equipped Paige with the necessary knowledge to develop the plot and characters of her novel. Paige has supported that experience with specific writing studies.

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.

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