"engaging English police procedural"
Her lover and police partner saves the life of Detective
Sergeant Kate Power when he pushes her out of the way of an
oncoming vehicle. His valiant effort leaves Robin dead. A
distraught Kate cannot display her grief at her devastating
loss because Robin's widow and children legally own that
right. Unable to cope with the memories and refusing to
work with the individual who caused the failed operation
that led to Robin's death, Kate, using the excuse of caring
for an elderly relative, transfers to Birmingham.
Her great-aunt Cassie moves into a senior citizen community
while also giving her house to Kate to live in though it
needs plenty of repairs. Between the renovations and
adjusting to her new law enforcement job, Kate has little
time to think about Robin though she has been stuck in the
office since arriving in Birmingham. Unable to resist and
fighting ennui, Kate begins her own inquiries into the case
of the sexual assaults on two small boys and the alleged
murder of one the lads.
This is an engaging English police procedural that works on
two levels. The investigation is top rate and hooks the
audience from the moment Kate dives into it. As
fascinating is the deep look into the mourning by Kate,
the "other woman" who cannot let her grief be known to
anyone. Thus readers obtain a deep character study inside
a strong detective tale as the opening gamut of what has
the potential to be a fine series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 8, 2003