22 July 2010.
ISBN: 978-1-84 901246-5 (PB)
In the prologue we meet Jackie Moran, and in chapter one we meet Lorna Spence, then when the body of a young woman is found on Midsummer common we meet DC Gary Goodhew, a new young detective at Cambridge’s Parkside Station.
The story follows the lives of the suspects and the police in almost equal measures, which makes for a balanced view for the reader. DI Marks is both impressed and alarmed by his newest detective, who clearly has his own methods, ones that if not curtailed maybe could end his career. Meanwhile DC Kincaide is following his own agenda which does not in any way coincide with Gary’s. A second killing pushes Gary to take risks, all the while nursing hopes that the outcome won’t be what he fears.
I loved the writing and
found all the characters well fleshed out. Whilst an interesting
murder mystery, much of the holding factor of the book lies in the complex
relationships within families and the workplace. An excellent debut novel well-paced
and gripping. I hope that this is the start of a series.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes