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Published by Salt Publishing,
15 October 2018. ISBN 978-1-78463-134-5
This police procedural has a rich cast
of characters and an interesting and well-developed setting in the fens.
DI Tim Yates and his team have been fruitlessly investigating the thefts of
expensive farm machinery for 6 months. Their boss, Superintendent
Thornton, is not happy and makes his displeasure clear. Tim visits the
site of an agricultural business specialising in old equipment and thinks he
sees a quad bike in the distance that may have been stolen. He is there
because the owner, Jack Fovargue, who was assaulted in the street in front of a
policeman, is strangely reluctant to press charges.
these cases can be dealt with another serious problem arises when a headless
body is found in a Lincoln canal. This inquiry gets more and more complex
and even seems to have links to the thefts. The interaction of the police
with those they interview and with each other makes a very lively story.
The elucidation of the mysteries is complex, and the final solutions are
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
James has written 6 previous police procedurals about Tim and the police team
in the South Lincolnshire fens.
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
Jennifer PalmerThroughout 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.