I got an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book from this author and I found myself diving headfirst into this mystery read about domineering, histrionic and difficult Caroline Goldacre, mother of two grown-up sons, partner of a successful baker and PA to feminist writer Clare Abbott after the youngest son Will commits suicide. Clare and Caroline seem to get on fine until Clare is found deceased one morning and even though the death is ruled natural and unsuspicious Rory Clare’s editor and bestfriend is not convinced and turns to Detective Sargent Barbra Havers for help.
This is quite an epic read and probably the longest mystery I have read this year, I was totally engaged in the study of our suspected antagonist Caroline from the start and the way her story unfolds. Alongside the departmental politics of Detective Inspector Tom Lynley, Detective Superintendent Isabelle Ardley and Sargent Barbra Havers, who has by all intents and purposes been reined in by the superintendent for overstepping the mark in a previous novel.
I found all the characters well developed in this highly readable and instantly gripping mystery novel, which despite leading you a certain way does still manage to surprise you by the end.
I had not read any of the previous DI Lynley mysteries but I am looking forward to futures ones.