Thanks to NetGalley, I discovered Joy Ellis' Nikki Galena series set in the Lincolnshire Fens. The Murderer's Son, a stand alone, is set in the Saltern-Le-Fen constabulary and introduces a new cast of intriguing characters.
The prologue relates the details of a vicious murder that took place in 1993. In 2015, DCI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans are confronted with another murder that has some similarities to the 1993 case.
Daniel Kinder walks into the station and confesses to the murder, but neither Jackman nor Evans are convinced that he is responsible.
Daniel suffers from fugue states and believes that he is the son of the "blonde butcher" who was convicted of 1993 murders.
As in the Nikki Galena series, Ellis creates a framework of characters and setting that feels authentic. I liked the way the various members of the constabulary worked together and the possibility of getting to know them better in future novels. Ellis also keeps you left-footed about the murderer.
This stand alone is every bit as good as the Galena series, and I hope to read more about DCI Jackman and DS Marie Evans. And Orac.
Read in Sept.; blog review scheduled for Oct. 4
Mystery/Police Procedural. 2016. Print length: 283 pages.