Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?
Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?
When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.
DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.
But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…
Who is behind the killings and why?
The police have their work cut out and key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.
But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging…
Murder In The Dark is a stand alone story and very much a detective/crime novel.
Whilst not a festive read, it is set in the run up to Christmas. You can feel the frustration by the police in having such a high profile case to be working on, especially at a busy time of year as well as the weather being a hindrance. I didn’t envy them one bit!
In the style of most books in this sort of genre, we are taken on a journey on how the police investigate and zone in on a killer. The author does well in keeping the identity of the killer from me until she is ready to reveal all. Not only did she keep the killer’s identity from me, I also hadn’t guessed the reasoning behind the murders. When all is revealed, it actually made for quite a surprising but sad revelation.
Murder In The Dark was an engrossing, page turner of a read. It isn’t a fast paced read but more of a steady one that will keep you hooked through out. Not sure if there will be more featuring Barrett and Palmer, but there is definitely scope for more and where better than Cambridge to have a murder/mystery series set?
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.
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