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Published by Country Books,
28 May 2017. ISBN 978-1-910489-46-8
Barbara’s excellent series continues with this fifth
adventure for Annie MacPherson and Ellie Harrington in Connecticut.
Annie is a Scottish detective seconded to the Westport police and Ellie is a
journalism student who became involved with Annie’s previous case. That
fascinating undercover operation was the topic of the previous book, Scared
to Tell. This book begins with an attack on a female student on the
local University campus. The police investigation soon reveals that there
have been similar assaults previously both in Connecticut and in Massachusetts.
The police are, therefore, looking for a serial perpetrator who has
attempted or achieved rape of a number of college women over a period of time.
meanwhile, is preoccupied with the sudden death of her father and the mystery
she finds concerning her mother’s death years before. The two topics have
some links as is gradually revealed. The experiences of the women
attacked are described very clearly and the investigations into the identity of
their attacker is equally clearly developed. Obviously, a reader can
quickly become concerned with the individuals here, and other characters around
Annie and Ellie are well developed too. The sometimes-tedious work of the
police is well shown, while the life of a campus with the dangers women can
face is also well delineated. The denouement is most satisfactory from
the aspect of justice though the past lies hinted at in the title show why this
justice has been delayed.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Fagan Speake uses her own experiences as an expatriate American and a
psychologist in the NHS in her books. They form a sequence but knowledge
of previous books is not necessary - it adds to the pleasure if you do read
them in order, though!
Barbara Fagan Speake was born and brought up in Connecticut. She has
written 3 crime novels so far.The
first, Secrets Only Sleep, is a standalone
mystery.The second is this book and the
third, Programmed to Kill, develops
Annie’s adventures in the USA
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.