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by Salt, 15 October 2017. ISBN 978-1-78463-108-6 (PB)
The discovery of the murders of a mother and her child
in Spalding Lincolnshire obviously leads to a police inquiry. DI Tim
Yates is leading the investigation with the assistance of Juliet Armstrong, his
detective sergeant and various other officers. There is a complication in
the case which is that Tina Brackenbury, one of the victims, was the foster
mother for a 10-year-old girl, Grace Winter. Grace had been staying with
her friend Chloe Hebblewhite for the weekend and was, therefore, not killed
with the others.
The police find out that Grace had
already survived a massacre when she was six years old, her grandparents,
mother and baby sister had been killed. Her uncle, Tristram Arkwright was
convicted of that crime. Is there some connection between the two
events? We are privy to some of Tristram’s thoughts as he serves his life
sentence. The story centres on the police and their investigation
including their interaction with the two children and the involvement of two
anxious social workers who support the girls. The way children are
properly treated by police in these circumstances is well shown.
The gradual accretion of evidence
leads to a shocking but logical conclusion.
Jennifer S. Palmer
Christine James has written five
previous books about DI Yates.
is the author of a crime thriller series set in the Fenlands of South
Lincolnshire. Her first crime novel, In
the Family, finds Detective Inspector Yates investigating a cold case that
leads deep into the secrets of a dysfunctional family. Almost Love, the second of the series, published in June 2013,
concerns the mysterious disappearance of a veteran archaeologist. Sausage Hall, published in November
2014, deals with the exploitation of women in both Victorian England and the
present day. Christina James is the pseudonym of an established non-fiction
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.