From description: "A young woman’s body is left in a metal container in a remote location. The killer is careful to position her under a camera that links to his smartphone. He likes to look back at his work."
I liked the two main characters, DI Blaker and DS Maddie Ives, in this new series. Blaker is the older more experienced detective; Maddie, whose undercover role in Manchester has been exposed, is the unhappy new member of the department in Lennockshire.
A hit and run, a missing person's case, and a serial killer--how are these three connected? Well, the reader is knows, but the detectives have to figure it out.
Harry Blaker is a bit of a curmudgeon; Maddie Ives is the wild card. I enjoyed the characters--who are both interesting-- more than the plot.
Detective Fiction. Nov. 20, 2018. Print length: 317 pages.
Dear Laura is a Victorian mystery that introduces the engaging, but shrewd and perceptive Inspector Lintott.
Surprisingly, Detective Lintott doesn't really make an appearance until about half way through the book. The first half of the book introduces the characters in the house hold of Theodore Crozier. Crozier, his wife, his brother, and the household servants are presented in both current situations and situations which provide background for the characters.
Initially, Theodore Crozier's death is thought to have been caused by an aneurysm, but anonymous letters imply something else. Suicide? Murder?
When the cause of death comes into question, Scotland Yard's Inspector Lintott is called in. He has an interesting interview method and good insight into character, but he also finds himself reconsidering some of his opinions as he learns more. He doesn't stick with first assumptions, but alters his investigation with new information.
What I particularly loved about him is when he made a comment completely in keeping with Victorian values, but later, despite his initial response, begins a deeper understanding of the situation. Even today, men have opinions about women and their place, and many are incapable of seeing past the views they have adopted. Lintott is no feminist, but he allows a change in his attitude and convictions because he examines his opinions. He may not approve, but he comes to understand certain situations.
The twist at the very end is not exactly a surprise, but I was never certain that it would end as I sometimes expected.
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical mystery and Inspector Lintott and was surprised to realize when I finished that the book was first published in 1974. One advantage to any historical novel is that it is less likely to feel dated. :)
Historical Mystery. 1974. Nov. 1, 2018. Print length: 267 pages.
And a list of five most under appreciated crime writers. I haven't read any of these authors, but I did see and appreciate Winter's Bone, the film based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. Have you read any of the five authors?