Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.
A very popular parent at Plummer Prep, Brighton, Yvonne is left for dead in the school playground. The police think they know who did it but have no evidence. The local Inspector asks Cece an ex police officer for help as she has just started taking her children to the same school as the suspects.
The story is told from the viewpoint of Cece, Maxie, Anaya, and Hazel. It covers a lot of back history of each of them, hidden because it is shameful or even illegal. All the parts are integrated brilliantly to produce a cracking story.
A must read book from a master storyteller.
Reserve The Friend
Set in 1955 in Brighton, London & Goodwood, it sets the tone of the 1950’s, people still remembering the 2nd World War and what they lost, but trying to move their lives on.
Mirabelle is rescued from a fire at her home on the Brighton seafront but the blaze takes the life of her neighbour, Dougie Beaumont, a dashing and successful racing driver living in the flat above.
It soon becomes clear that this was arson, which raises questions about Dougie’s death. Mirabelle can’t resist investigating further despite being warned not to by Superintendent McGregor, her lover.
Mirabelle gets involved with Dougie’s family and friends, the world of Fleet Street, the forbidden gay scene, drugs, as well as the glamorous motor racing scene at Goodwood.
The plot develops rapidly, there are some red herrings in there, well-written, keeps you reading right to the end, which has a satisfactory conclusion.
I’ll be reading the others in the series. Just downloaded ebook version of Brighton Belle for reading on holiday.
Reserve Operation Goodwood
The body of a girl is found, cut into three. Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl invented by an old friend of his, Max Mephisto. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men.
Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. When he finds the dead girl is known to him he decides to help the investigation. Another death using another magic trick convince Edgar & Max that the answer to the murders lies in their army days.
There are lots of twists & turns, slight of hand, misdirection, a bit of magic & much more.
Well worked plot keeps you interested & guessing who the murderer is. Interesting twist at the end.
I’d recommend you give it a go.
Reserve The Zig Zag Girl