This is the series that I find myself waiting for more than any other at the moment.
Rachel McClean created a set of characters from the West Midlands Police in her first set of books, The Deadly…….series set in Birmingham.
One of those characters is the lead in this spin-off series set in Dorset.
DCI Lesley Clarke was seconded to the “quieter” force of Dorset to help her recover from an injury she suffered during a terrorist attack in Birmingham, but life has been far from quiet.
This is the fifth book in the Dorset Based …….Murders set and has some interesting cross-overs with the first set.
The main Crime in this book is a double murder in the Millionaires Row that is Sandbanks.
When a live-in cleaner returns home with her boyfriend she expects her boss to be away, she should have flown out on holiday, so she doesn’t expect to find the woman, and an unknown man dead, in a bedroom of the luxury house.
What starts of as a complicated crime is made worse when Clarke is told to split her already small team into two. A well known local journalist has gone missing and politically it turns into a must solve.
So with her Sergeant and two others investigating the murder, Lesley and one of her DC’s start to try and find the journalist.
What Clarke can’t share with her team is that the journalist was looking into the death of her predecessor, a death which had been recorded as suicide. A death that the head of forensics thinks was anything but suicide, and she’s convinced Lesley enough for her to have involved an old colleague from Birmingham to re-examine the case.
Why? Because she really doesn’t know who she can trust in her own team, or those above her.
Can her Sergeant and his small team solve the murder, and can Lesley keep her concerns about her predecessors death a secret in isolation from her investigation into the missing journalist.
That is a running theme through the whole of this set of books, and is an absolute cracker. It’s that, as well as the well conceived, well plotted stories in each book that keeps me checking for new release dates, and hitting the preorder as soon as they arrive.
I once wrote that Rachel’s books were like the TV series Line of Duty, I was wrong, they are so much better.
Print length: 366 pages. Publisher: Ackroyd Publishing