The WPC And The Vulture
A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin is a fabulous police retro novel set in 1960. The book is evocative of a bygone age where crimes were solved by legwork, questions and a healthy dose of suspicion.
A Fatal Obsession is a ‘thinking man’s’ novel. Being set in Oxford conjured up familiar landscapes for me. As a fan of the television series Morse and WPC56, I found the novel to be reminiscent of a blend of both.
An unlikely pairing of a young WPC and an aging coroner ensured the reader was entertained as the young woman learnt about crime solving from the master.
Modern murder collided with a cold case and kept the reader intrigued as we journeyed from parlors to stately homes. The reader found that secrets resided behind locked doors, requiring digging to unearth them.
Opening The Box
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter is a contemporary murder thriller that will have the reader consumed from the start.
The action is set in present day and twenty eight years earlier. Bit by bit the reader pieces together what happened earlier as we understand how lives were altered.
One day, frozen in time, impacts today and tomorrow. Many lives and the whole town were caught up in the fall-out.
The novel shows how our choices impact our lives. “Bad choices, bad deeds can corrupt you.” We will always have the choice to do the right thing.
Don’t Look Back
Now You See Her by Heidi Perks is a gripping contemporary psychological thriller that will set hearts racing and pulses rising.
An air of calm and happiness quickly transform into fear, loathing and menace as the reader gets caught up in the action. We question what we see. We try to disentangle the truth from the lies. We try to envisage the ending.
Appearances can be deceptive. Can we believe what our eyes tell us?
The novel is about manipulation and control. How far would someone go to uncover or to hide the truth?
We all need good friends. “Good friends will be there, no matter how much time has passed.” How much do our good friends really know us? Are we so ‘me’ focused that we miss who they are?
Expanding On Fact
Queen Of The North by Anne O’Brien is a fabulous epic historical novel set between 1399 – 1408.
Anne O’Brien really brings history to life in this marvellous tale. Historical details combine with imagination to produce a riveting read.
The reader is in for a real treat as well as an education. Living in Worcestershire, as well as holidaying in Wales and Yorkshire meant I recognised and had been to many of the places mentioned. So for me, there was an air of familiarity. Only last year I walked in the footsteps of Owain Glyn Dwr at both Harlech and Conwy castles. I have also been many times to Ludlow.
Historical figures become ‘real’ people in this riveting read.