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- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (June 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D6S2CQX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DC Sam Cooper is an officer in the CID. She finds a body partially in a bin bag in the locks near her narrowboat. DI Kate Fletcher attends the scene. The woman has no identification. The pathologist will have to do a post mortem to learn the cause of death and see if he can get an ID.
While still at the scene, Kate receives a call from her DCI. There is a woman confessing to the murder of her father and she is at the station asking specifically for Kate. When she interviews the woman Caroline Lambert, Kate learns that her father Dennis had liver cancer and was in a great deal of pain and discomfort. She didn’t actually deliver the drugs to him, but left them in reach of his bedside and then left the house. He apparently took them himself.
The neighbor woman, who intimates that she had a “relationship” with Dennis Lambert, claims that Caroline didn’t come around for years and suddenly showed up a few weeks earlier. She claims that Caroline obviously murdered him. Of course, she doesn’t know that Caroline has already confessed.
The story is interspersed with letters to Caroline from an unknown person with the initial “J.” They are very informative and set up background information beautifully. From this information and other tidbits, we learn that Caroline is a liar and conniver. There are also flashbacks showing just exactly what happened to Dennis Lambert.
Kate attends the post mortems of the unidentified woman and Mr. Lambert. The woman’s death was due to a blow to the head; possibly with a brick. Dennis Lambert certainly had liver cancer, but not to the degree that her was terminal – yet. The results of his toxicology tests may ascertain more. DC Hollis, Kate’s right-hand officer and go-to favorite, comes up with the idea to interview the hospital staff to determine if there was anything off that they saw in the relationship between Dennis and Caroline.
A young man named Ethan Cox comes into the police station. He thinks that the dead man is his mother. Her name was Maddie Cox. She worked as a clinical nurse specialist in an oncology ward. Ethan has a photograph and Kate sees that it is the woman from the locks. The police begin to investigate Maddie’s life and work.
They begin to see a connection between the two cases. Further investigation shows that they are indeed connected. There is a race to the conclusion and things get pretty exciting with the missing Caroline showing up once again.
This is a good book. It is my first Heleyne Hammersley novel, and it won’t be my last. I immediately went to Amazon to look for others of her books. I like the way Kate’s team gets along. They work well together and make a good group of people. I like Kate’s management style. She is relatively easy going, but can put her foot down when she needs to. The book faltered in places, which is why I gave it only four stars. But, all in all a very good effort. Well done, Ms. Hammersley and keep writing.
I want to thank NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for forwarding to me a copy of this book to read, enjoy and review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story - I thought that the plot was great and was immediately thrown in to the plot. I loved the characters and the writing style was superb - spot on for this genre and I was completely hooked. I thought that Kate was a great character and I have really enjoyed seeing her develop and I love her interaction with the rest of her team.
Four stars from me - a really enjoyable story!!