"Fascinating British police procedural"
Now that BSE has subsided, TB is decimating the herds of
cows all across England, and rightly or wrongly, the
farmers believe that badgers are the carriers of the
disease. On Recording Day, Deirdre Watson expects her time
on Dunsworthy Farm to be boring as usual. However, she
revises her opinion and becomes horrified when the owner of
the property, Gordon Hillcock, finds the body of his
herdsman, Sean O'Farrell in his barn, a homicide victim.
The lead detective on the case is Detective Sergeant Den
Cooper who absolutely hates Gordon and hopes the Devon
dairy farmer is the guilty party. Gordon is now seeing
Lilah Beardon, the woman Den loves and had been seriously
involved with for the past three years. His investigation
proves to Den, his co-workers and his superior that Gordon
is the most likely culprit but they have to work overtime
and work around local prejudice to find evidence that will
back up their hunch.
A DEATH TO RECORD is a fascinating British police
procedural that focuses as much on interpersonal
relationships as it does on the actual investigation. Den
is a fine person who doesn't let his personal feelings for
his ex-girlfriend get in the way of his doing his job to
the best of his ability. The victim was a vile man who
tortured animals and had a lot of enemies, which makes for
a lot of suspects. The person who actually did the deed
will be hard to find but Den will not rest until he does.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2003