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An engaging English police procedural,
This review is from: Fatal Legacy: A Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Fenwick Mystery (Hardcover)In West Sussex, Managing Director Alan Wainright apparently committed suicide. His will, changed a few months ago, leaves the lion's share of the estate to his nephew Alexander. Alan's influential son Graham is outraged, though he inherits a sizable amount, but not close to what he expected.
Following a police investigation and an inquest that is ruled suicide, Graham asks ACC Harper-Brown to reopen the case because he thinks someone murdered his father. Because he wants DCI Andrew Fenwick to fail, Harper-Brown assigns the case to him with instructions not to disturb the family or rekindle the media frenzy. With his hands tied, Andrew begins an investigation that he sure will substantiate the current official position. To his surprise, Andrew and his crew begin to find discrepancies and perhaps illegalities that reach from Wainright Enterprises to the local community leadership.
FATAL LEGACY is an engaging English police procedural that entertains sub-genre fans due to a story line that works on two levels: that of the investigation and a glimpse or two at Andrew's personal life. Though the murderer is in clear site the climax uses sociopath behavior (someone kills Alan at the beginning of the tale), it seems unnecessary, as avarice would have sufficed as the motive. On the contrary the most likely associate to the killer gets off free because of a lack of solid evidence and the need for closure due to the immense visibility of the case. Elizabeth Corley provides a strong tale for those readers who interested in a tight investigative novel.