A stand-alone murder mystery featuring DCI Peter Hatherall.
A young mother brutally stabbed in a busy park in front of her son.
A paperboy shot in an isolated farmhouse twenty-four years previously.
DI Fiona Williams is baffled when her senior officer, DCI Peter Hatherall makes a connection between the two cases.
As details of Hatherall’s involvement in the old case emerge, her loyalty is tested to breaking point and she starts to question his decisions.
When the murdered woman’s son goes missing the time for hesitating is over.
This standalone detective story begins with a tragic event but already we know that cause of this sudden stabbing is another murder 24 years earlier. Readers of the previous Peter Hatherall mysteries will enjoy seeing Peter as a young inexperienced copper and as we read of the mismanaged case in 1994, we begin to see the connection to this new investigation. DI Fiona Williams, who is first on the scene, cannot understand why her boss DCI Hatherall is linking an old case solved in the past, to this event, when there are other leads to follow.
As we read about the movements of the culprit, we also observe the careful detective process. Handicapped by accusations that he is using old resentments to cloud his judgement, Peter tries to convince his friend, Fiona, that the answer lies in a blurred photo kept by the recent victim. Before they can solve the case there are two abductions, while Fiona and Peter deal with major problems in their home lives. The characters of the detectives and the victims are strongly drawn and I became involved in their believable predicaments.
Although a good read on its own I am now tempted to read earlier books from the series to learn more about this likeable detective.
The Paper Boy can be purchased from Amazon UK