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Published by Joffe Books, 6 November 2019. ISBN 978-1-78931-241-6 (PB)
Rimas sets off for a spot of illegal fishing little does he imagine he will
discover the body of a young woman whose face has been savagely cut with
scissors, or that he will soon suffer a similar fate and never get to eat the
large carp he has just caught. The dead woman was Lauren Visser, and although
she worked in a children’s nursery school nobody could identify the photo of
the young child that had been left with her body.
Inspector Siv Drummond is asked to solve the double murder, but the murders are
not her only problems. After months off work following the tragic death
of her husband in a motorcycle accident Siv is starting a new job in
Berminster, the town where she spent her teenage years. Still struggling with
post-traumatic stress, it is Siv’s first day back at work. This means she has
to manage a new team–a likable Northern Irishman, Sergeant Ali Carlin who never
stops talking, a promising young constable Patrick Hill who lives on social
media and is permanently tired because he is looking after his severely
disabled brother, and a CSM Steve Wooton who thinks a lot of himself. She also
has to cope with a new boss, DCI Will Mortimer, who is grumpy because he had
groomed somebody else for her job.
investigation gets underway, we hear a lot about Lauren. She was
twenty-five, her mother was dead, and she had never known who her father
was. She was married to Ade Visser, a dominant, controlling man with a
he worked away a lot, so the seemingly compliant Lauren did as she liked for
much of the time. Ade seemed distraught by her death but had lied about his
whereabouts on the night of her murder.
with all the friends, co-workers and fellow volunteers who knew Lauren
described her as being quiet, kind, in love with her husband, and brilliant
with young children. Gradually less flattering descriptions – selfish,
determined to have her way, limited vision, bludgeoned people with facts,
cheated on her husband etc. crept in. But despite extensive
investigations into various suspects such as her husband; the leader of the
environmental charity she volunteered with; and the husband of her boss at the
nursery, they had no idea who had murdered Lauren.
into the death of the second victim, Matis Rimas, suggest he was probably
killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. As was a
third victim, the elderly Alan Vine. He had discovered the two bodies and
was killed because he worked out some important connections. Questions asked at
the Polish club patronised by Matis eventually provide a lead in this devious
and twisted plot – and a possible nod towards a future romance for Siv?
I found These
Little Lies an intriguing and enjoyable read. It is stuffed full of a
variety of characters some of whom are bound to appear in future Siv Drummond
mysteries. Good luck with working out “the who, or the why, done
it”. This book will keep you guessing to the end.
Gretta Mulrooney was born in London, of Irish parents. She studied for a degree in
English Literature at the University of Ulster and subsequently worked in
education and social care. Gretta has written seven books in her series
featuring Private investigator Tyrone Swift. Her most recent boom is These
Little Lies, the first in a new police-based crime series, featuring DI Siv
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.