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Published by Country Books,
15 May 2018. ISBN 978-1-910489-49-9 (PB)
Barbara’s detective stories about
Annie Macpherson and her colleagues on the Westford Police in Connecticut
continue to absorb the reader. This is the sixth in the series and it is
is a Scottish Detective seconded to the American force and she is thoroughly
embedded in the team. Opportunities to contrast and compare British and
US methods of detection are used well and naturally in the course of events.
Annie has become engaged to a fellow member of the detective team and is
happy in the USA though this is dependent on her family in the UK remaining
safe and healthy. As part of her integration into the US police she must
take a local driving test and hone her police driving skills. That is
easy, but she should also take firearms training and then carry a gun as a
matter of course - this is harder to come to terms with.
this book the situation is that of a rogue group that was originally set up to
counsel survivors of abuse which has become focussed on the aim of murdering
the alleged abusers. The pact of this spin off group is to murder
someone on behalf of another member of the group; the threat is that anyone who
fails to play his or her part will also be murdered. The leader has
handpicked his people and is obsessed with his plans. Naturally the
police find it hard to investigate these apparently random deaths where anyone
with a possible motive always has a watertight alibi.
build-up of murders and the routine of investigations is beautifully shown with
logical inferences and solid forensic evidence leading to eventual elucidation.
Some dangers have to be faced en route. As always, the psychological side
of things is well explained since the author is an experienced psychologist;
the effectiveness of this can be seen as our sympathies swing - sometimes in
support of the perpetrators even though they have such horrendous aims.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
I said earlier there are 5 previous adventures of Annie. Barbara has
also written a stand alone crime story and a book of short stories and flash
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.