An Academic Death by J.M. Gregson is the 14th book in the Lambert & Hook series, although it is the first one I've read.
Matthew Upson, a history professor at Gloucestershire University, is reported missing by his wife. Not that she is in any hurry to get him back.
Initially, the fact that a grown man has been missing for a few days does not raise a sense of alarm, but when Upson's mother seeks an interview with Superintendent John Lambert, Lambert develops an uneasy feeling that this may be more than a missing person case.
DS Bert Hook and Superintendent John Lambert are the main draw in this book; both are likable characters whose long relationship on the job gives them a sense of camaraderie that works well. There are some wryly funny scenes on the golf course that made me smile and the plot and minor characters kept my interest.
I enjoyed the writing and the characters in An Academic Death, and will be happy to read more.
Police Procedural. 2001; 2016. Print length: 172 pages.
Walk into Silence by Susan McBride is the first book in a series featuring Detective Jo Larsen.
Jo Larsen has left her previous job in Dallas for a small town on the outskirts of the city with fewer incidents of serious crime.
Patrick Dielman's files a missing person report for his wife and seems genuinely concerned about her. (Yep, another missing person case.) Jenny Dielman had a bad first marriage which collapsed after the death of her son. Unable to get over the loss of her only child, Jenny has battled depression and grief for several years despite her efforts to start fresh with her marriage to Patrick.
Jo wonders if Jenny needed an escape from her husband, who apparently adores her, but seems controlling, or if Jenny's grief over her son's death has finally overwhelmed her.
Jo's investigation appears to offer a third option--Jenny did not leave by choice. And if foul play is involved, who would want Jenny dead...and why?
I found Walk into Silence an interesting introduction to a series--allowing room for further character development in succeeding novels.
Police Procedural. 2016. Print length: 370 pages.