By Alison Bruce
"Smart, bold. . . . A pleasingly varied police procedural."—Kirkus experiences "This debut secret by means of a British nonfiction crime author hurries up like a teach rushing to its vacation spot. hugely recommended."—Library magazine DC Gary Goodhew is clever and intuitive, the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. whilst he discovers the physique of a tender lady on Midsummer universal, he's given the opportunity to paintings on a homicide research for the 1st time in his occupation. quickly the sufferer is identified as Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and corporation, has pronounced her lacking and is distraught to find that she has been killed. He claims that she used to be enjoyed through his employees, and that she had no enemies. however it is not lengthy ahead of Goodhew discovers many that do not have minded seeing her useless, together with Spence's excessive upkeep colleague, Victoria ,and Goodhew's reckless former classmate, Bryn. They either swear that they have got not anything to do with Lorna's demise, yet somebody is mendacity. After one other brutal homicide, Goodhew is familiar with it's time to use his personal initiative to flush out the killer, although it ability risking his activity and getting to know the reality concerning the one individual he hopes could be blameless.
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After that phone call, Lorna changed direction. She wandered into the city centre, casting an unenthusiastic eye towards the shop windows. At least she knew there was no rush to reach home. But beyond that, she had no idea what to do next. After almost ten minutes of deliberation, she made two calls. ’ At least her number was still stored in his phone’s memory. ‘Are you around later? I need cheering up,’ she said. Then she phoned Richard’s mobile to apologize for missing his calls, and found him in a state of post-jealousy calmness.
That had been three weeks ago, when she’d heard him trying to start it as she walked back home. It had taken several disruptive attempts before the van’s starter motor stopped rasping like a distressed saw and reluctantly allowed the engine to fire. It had driven past her as it whined and pinked its way back out of the village, puffing oil-tinged blue smoke from its exhaust. She’d written the registration number on her memo board, where it had stayed until she’d overwritten it with the date of her dental appointment.
Marks just wanted the two of them, Kincaide and Goodhew, back at the station, and was therefore pleased to learn that a single phone call had found them both. Kincaide pushed his way towards Goodhew thinking, This is absolutely great. He didn’t want to be thrown together with some enthusiastic new kid anyway, but being his taxi service back to town irritated him even more. No doubt the journey would be filled with inane conversation when all Kincaide really wanted to do was wind down for the night.