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Published by Matador, 28 February 2019. ISBN:
is a divorced detective sergeant with the Sussex police, she loves her job and
likes to understand what motivates individuals to commit a particular crime.
When her unimaginative boss, DI Laura Garbutt, asks her to check whether the
death of anemaciated woman whose body has been discovered in a red
leather armchair on one of the greens at a prestigious local golf course is
suspicious, Holly is intrigued. Why would anyone go to the trouble of
dumping a heavy chair, not to mention a body, in such a strange and public
being extremely thin, there were no signs of abuse on the woman’s body. Holly
calls for the experts, but she is not much the wiser after she has received the
forensic pathologist’s report. It seems that the body has been frozen,
probably for a few years. It is possible that the woman was strangled,
but it is equally possible that a cracked bone in her neck resulted from the
way she had been handled. Lack of synchrony with information transfer
results in DI Garbutt launching a murder inquiry.
continuing to investigate a missing persons case with her old friend DS Jack
Sylvester - the wife of an arrogant property developer, Wayne McInnes, seems to
have vanished into thin air - Holly pursues the investigation into the death of
the unknown woman. As nobody responds to the police appeals, Holly spends
much of her time talking to employees at the golf course and trying to decide
if the woman was murdered, or if she died naturally.
end of the investigations, Holly is joined by a new recruit, DC Richard “Rich”
Baum. Following an incident on a motorway Rich, quite accidentally, helps to
uncover the identity of the dead woman, and from then on the mystery begins to
unravel. Had the person who left the body on the golf course also killed
spends most of her free time with her father and she is aware that something -
or someone - is missing from her life. A local estate agent, Mark Berger,
who is keen to teach her to play golf and to buy her drinks, may well fit the
bill – certainly he will if the amount of time Holly spends thinking and
dreaming about him is anything to go by.
investigation proceeds against a backdrop of a Ryder Cup match that is being
played in the USA. Jamie Royle, the owner of the golf course in Sussex
where the body was found, had decamped to The States to watch the match long
before the body appeared. That being the case why is he rattled when his business
partner and brother-in–law rings to inform him that the police have been asking
about the red chairs?
tale is liberally peppered with long descriptions of golf matches and golfing
heroes, I would say that this is definitely a book for readers of crime fiction
who enjoy golf.
L. D. Culliford
is former hospital doctor, GP and psychiatrist. He has worked closely with the
Police, interviewed plenty of criminals, and given key evidence in two murder
trials at the Old Bailey. The author of seven previous non-fiction books, The Red Chairs Mystery is his first
crime novel. He lives in West Sussex and has been a keen golfer since boyhood.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.