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Published by Joffe Books, 5
June 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78931131-0 (PB)
In 1988 Ros, Elspeth, Moira, Lucy and Shona were all
at university in St Andrews, Scotland, and shared a house in North Street. One
day the police knock on the door to tell them that Moira Mackie has been
murdered, her body found on the clifftop. DI John Menzies and PC Innes Nevin
were the investigating officers but the girls were never completely honest with
them about their housemate. However, the mystery of Moira’s death was quickly
resolved when one of the men she was dating committed suicide, leaving a note
saying that he had killed Moira.
Thirty years on,
Ros’s daughter takes up a place at the same university and as a result Ros
bumps into Innes Nevin again. Innes has now retired from the police force but
has recently come across some information that raises questions about his
former DI and the case of Moira Mackie. He enlists Ros’s help in raking up the
past to try and make sense of what he has learned and, with nothing to keep her
from returning home to London, Ros stays on to help. Looking back at the case
with hindsight and the distance of time, they begin to view events differently
and realise that there was more going on than they could have imagined.
This is a more gentle
murder mystery and romance rather than a thriller. The characters are warm and
likeable as it explores the idea of the long-term impact murder can have on
those left behind. The story switches back and forth between the present and
past as Ros and Innes dig into the events of the late 1980s. Chapters in the
present are written in the present tense with scenes from the past in the past
tense which makes it very easy to follow. An entertaining read.
Janice Frost is the author of two crime/mystery books featuring Detectives Jim Neal
and Ava Merry. Dead Secret and Dark Secret are set in the
imaginary East Midlands city of Stromford. Dead Secret sees Jim and Ava pairing
up to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. It is their first major case
together and the two soon discover that they have very different personalities.
Neal is intellectual and considered, Ava clever and occasionally reckless. Both
are passionate about the job they do but have to work hard at being an
Christine Hammacott lives
near Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career
working in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for
indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that deals with the
psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.