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Published by Maclehose
Press, 26 July 2018. ISBN: 978-0-85705580-4
The so called “Awkward Squad”
headed by Commissaire Anne Capestan and made up of misfits within the police
are not popular with the rest of the police force in Paris. A month earlier
they had arrested a fellow officer and now are called traitors.
Capestan is concerned when she is
called to the murder scene of a Commissaire Serge Rufus, another fellow officer
and brutish father of Capestan's estranged husband. She visits Paul to tell him
of his father's death, he is not very keen on her heading the investigation as
she really did not like Serge.
When Capestan tells the rest of the
team that they are to investigate the killing, they are not happy to learn that
they must share their findings with other departments of the force. They are
sure fellow police officers will take every opportunity to discredit them.
To add to the puzzle, a road sign
had been removed and replaced with another with the name of the victim, his
dates of birth and death and reading “Bastard Commissaire”. He also had been
beaten rather badly. Capestan then learns of another murder, with the same
modus operandi as Rufus, but his dates of birth and death were written on a war
memorial. Could they be gangland killings? Someone trying to extract
information? If so what?
More killings follow, and the team
know there must be a connection between all the victims but what? They then
discover that an event in1992 involved all the victims in some way or another
but why were they ALL killed? Capestan even finds evidence that one of her team
may be involved and is in a dilemma as to what action to take. Should she tell
the rest of them or should she approach the person about it in private?
Can the squad find the perpetrator
or perpetrators of the deaths before the rest of the police and before they are
further discredited?With the help of
newly trained “Ratafia” their police rat and “Pilote” their enthusiastic police
dog they certainly are well equipped to do so!
Another great story from Sophie
Henaff, having read her Awkward Squad I
was glad to find this book was just as entertaining. I love her misfit
characters, all bringing their own expertise to the investigation. It also has
many amusing moments, especially concerning the supposed thoughts and actions
of Ratafia and Pilote.
Although sometimes amusing the book
does remain a murder investigation story and has its share of twists and turns
before a rather surprising ending.
High recommended for fans of a
“light hearted” but enthusiastic murder story with a really good plot.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
is a journalist, author and former Lyonnaise bar owner. She began her
journalism career as a critic at Lyon Poche, before moving to Paris to
write for Cosmopolitan, where she established her own humorous column,
"La Cosmolite". The Awkward Squad was first published as Poulets
grillés in 2015, and is her first novel.
Tricia Chappell. I have a
great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the
occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising
especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more
reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new