This excellent police procedural is the seventh mystery by Pauline Rowson and opens with Inspector Andy Horton enjoying a long overdue two-week holiday on the Isle of Wight.
The author is very clever in her manipulation of the plot and the red herrings she suggests, that send your mind racing in one direction until perhaps Andy sees a photo accidentally, which triggers a different line of enquiry for him and you momentarily forget your earlier conclusions. There are a multiplicity of characters both in the police, victims and potential killers which I found a little confusing but it all turned out all right in the end. I must admit though, I had no idea who the killer was until the end and it was a big surprise.
Pauline Rowson emphasises the marine aspect in her novels, her hero Andy Horton lives on a boat and is always going back and forward over the Solent... It was very interesting reading a police procedural again with all the interaction between the different detectives and the very tight plotting was very impressive and make me want to look out for further books by this author. A very enjoyable read.
Terry Halligan, England, Eurocrime
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