The Drowning Ground came as an ARC in the mail, and one that I really appreciated, although I let it sit around a while before actually getting around to reading it and then left it on my bedside table before getting around to reviewing it.
The Drowning Ground is a debut novel with an unusual protagonist in Detective Chief Inspector Guillermo Downes and hopefully, it is the first in a new series. Set in the picturesque Cotswolds, this police procedural intrigued me from the first. DCI Downes (English father; Argentine mother) is a transplant from Buenos Aires and has been settled in the Cotswolds for several decades and who has a past that is hinted at through his homesickness for his home country of Argentina.
The brutal murder of Frank Hurst, a local farmer, leads not only Downes, but the entire community, to remember the death of Hurst's second wife ten years earlier and the disappearance of of two young girls.
In addition to these mysterious deaths and disappearances, Downes has a new sergeant who has been warned that Downes has successfully gotten rid of a number of his predecessors. Will the newly arrived Sgt. Graves work out?
The investigation into Hurst's death takes some unusual turns. His house has been turned into a fortress and then, mysteriously, burns to the ground. A long hidden body is discovered. Downes' sections are written in first person; Graves' sections are third person--giving a wider view of various situations. Some of the past of both Downes and Graves is hinted at and will, I expect, be enlarged on in future installments.
I was impressed with Marrison's first novel and hope for a sequel!
Crime/Police Procedural. Aug., 2015. 371 pages.