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The Bodies in the Beach (The DS Mary Miller Mysteries)
by Paul Stephens (Goodreads Author)
A young woman is found buried in a shallow grave under the pier at Weston-super-Mare, a seaside resort in the West of England. With the regional Murder Squad busy hunting the killer of two university students in nearby Bristol, it's down to Weston's local CID team to investigate. They struggle for leads – even for the identity of the victim - until Detective Sergeant Mary ...more
Kindle Edition, 403 pages
Published November 27th 2013
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An excellent thriller with a strength of plot and characterisation unusual in a first novel. Reminiscent of Rankin, but instead of Edinburgh you get Weston-super-Mare, brought to life with its muddy beaches and seedy pavilions; and instead of Rebus you get DS Mary Miller, balancing the tensions of local immigration and international crime against the politics of modern policing. Add to the mix Michael Slade, the supermarket checkout attendant with the super-high IQ, and it makes for a rattling ...more