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- Publication date : November 24, 2015
- File size : 1917 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 193 pages
- Publisher : Lume Books (November 24, 2015)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B018IOM64W
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,547 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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According to the report by Dr. Milligan the police surgeon, the woman was shot twice and three months pregnant. She’s been recently married to a man named Percy Doyle who’s had a criminal record in the past.
Just then another young girl is shot dead on her way back from her grandmother’s house. Is there a link between the two victims?
Meanwhile, when Jim and his wife Sheila learned Sheila could not conceive, Sheila resorts to indulging in food cravings and sex wherever she can find to punish. Sheila has had a string of affairs in the past and funny enough her husband is aware of her indiscretions.
While out on Christmas shopping, Sheila runs into Henry Bryant, their church-warden who happens to be married. After having drinks at a bar, they both end up together in a secret shack Henry owns.
Then another body is found in the woods and it turns out the victim is Henry's wife, Anne. Which makes Henry is a suspect.
But how does Henry plan on giving his alibi without revealing to the police that he was with Sheila the morning his wife was killed?
Meanwhile, DC Hickock is selling out information to the press: George Pratt, the crime reporter for the Hampton Gazette offers him a hundred and fifty pounds for material regarding the first case.
When DI Jim Proby finds out he calls him out on it as well his drinking habits. When Hickhock won’t show remorse, DI Jim Proby threatens to have him transferred and then takes him off the case but eventually put him back on when Hickock starts making himself useful.
Then the police are alerted to another failed shooting attempt—the killer almost got his mark but his intended target slipped and dodged the bullet. Thankfully some drunks nearby chased him off.
By now DI Jim Proby has a strong hunch about the identity of the killer and has to stop him before he strikes again.
A good detective story. Definitely recommend
Right from the start....it was quirky and different...
If your book club is looking for a British mystery with a twist and some discussion value...this is it.
SPOILER ALERT: Having read about a lot of long suffering and supportive wives of policeman....it was a shock that Proby's wife was having a torrid affair. How fun and different! Then the role the affair plays in this interesting serial killer (or is it?) mystery was also a surprise. It was wrapped up nicely, with Proby making a huge mistake....also refreshing.
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The book begins with series of murders, all young women. Inspector Proby and his team have the task of solving these murders. Are these murders connected? Is one person responsible for all the murders or is there more than one murderer? Quite a long introduction to set a complex scene. Intriguing route through a complicated investigation. An unexpected twist at the end. A jolly good read!