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by Four Tails Publishing Ltd, 1 January 2019. ISBN: 978-1-77517542-1
village of Rhosddraig is an ordinary Welsh village whose inhabitants appear to
lead very ordinary lives, but all this changes when a local dog walker
discovers the remains of a human body, although it requires the highest level
of forensic expertise to discover even the gender of the smashed and charred
DI Evan Glover is within a few days of
retirement and had felt glad that he was not going to leave with any major
unsolved cases to haunt him. This case smashes his contentment about retiring
and he is determined to find out the identity of the dead man, how he came by
his death, and who attempted to obliterate his body.
The story is told in multiple
viewpoints, but attention is centred on the village pub, which is owned by the
elderly and cantankerous Nan, a woman who is now ailing but is still determined
to know everything that goes on in the village and use it to wield power. The
pub is run by Nan’s daughter, Helen, who is lonely, trapped and despairing, her
life is only lightened by her teenage daughter, Sadie. While Nan and Helen have
had their lives crippled by marrying men that they grew to loathe, Sadie is
eager to marry Aled, a boy who is in the same class at school and who works
part-time as a barman in the pub. Sadie is obsessed with Aled and bitterly
resentful of any friends or interests that divert his attention from her.
By telling the story in the viewpoints
of both the villagers, predominantly Nan, Helen and Sadie, and the police
detectives, the author creates a panoramic but strangely claustrophobic view of
the crime and its consequences. The tension starts high and continues to build
up to an intense but psychologically satisfying conclusion.
Cathy Ace is superb at getting to the
heart of her characters, especially when they are the inhabitants of a Welsh
village, and in The Wrong Boy she
surpasses herself in her characterisation and detailed observations. Evan
Glover and his psychologist wife, Betty, are likeable protagonists and the plot
is clever, with subtle clues and a psychologically credible conclusion. The Wrong Boy is very different to Cathy
Ace’s popular cosy crime series featuring the four women of the WISE detective
agency, which is also set in Wales, but if you like your mysteries dark and down-to-earth,
with a strong psychological foundation, I would recommend this book.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Cathy Acewas born and raised in
Swansea, South Wales. With a successful career in marketing having given her
the chance to write training courses and textbooks, Cathy has now finally
turned her attention to her real passion: crime fiction. Her short stories have
appeared in multiple anthologies. Two of her works, Dear George and Domestic
Violence, have also been produced by Jarvis & Ayres Productions as
‘Afternoon Reading’ broadcasts for BBC Radio 4. Cathy now writes two series of
traditional mysteries: The Cait Morgan Mysteries (TouchWood Editions) and The
WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (Severn House Publishers)
Carol Westronis a successful short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats, the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her latest book Strangers and Angels
published 28 November 2017 is set in Victorian England.Also published in 2017 is her fourth novel in her scene of Crimes Series Karma
and the Singing Frogs.