28 January 2017.
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.