Last year I read Shaw's The Bird Watcher and enjoyed it for several reasons: the bleak Dungeness setting on the Kent coast, the distinctive characters, the depth of plot. Salt Lane is also set in Dungeness and DS Alexandra Cupidi continues her struggles to balance work and home life.
Alex isn't an immediately likable character, but she takes the lead role in this latest book, and she grows on you. Often tactless, she says what she think often without considering the way her words could be received. She's headstrong and her impulsive nature can make situations more difficult...and dangerous.
An excellent crime novel that tackles some of the current problems that society faces and blends characterization and atmosphere in a first-rate plot. Two separate cases evolve and intertwine creating a suspenseful and thought-provoking whodunnit...and why.
Alex's partnership with Constable Jill Ferriter is developing into an appealing alliance and her relationship with her mother and her daughter also holds more possibilites.
Whenever a second novel in a series appears, I wonder if it will hold up to the first--in this case, it does more than that. Salt Lane gives promise to more stimulating additions to the series.
Crime/Detective Fiction. June 26, 2018. Print length: 464 pages.