Fatal Quest: Woodend's First Case (Chief Inspector Woodend #20)
A Charlie Woodend Mystery his first . . . - DS Charlie Woodend has a murder to solve. Trouble is, nobody seems to want him to solve it not Eddie, a Liverpudlian thug sent to threaten him; not DCI Bentley; not Deputy Commissioner Naylor, whose word is law in Scotland Yard; not even the dead girl's mother herself. But Woodend cares. He will find the murderer, he promises him...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Severn House Publishers
(first published December 1st 2008)
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DS Charlie Woodend is retiring and while waiting for the train to take him away he tells his partner Monika Paniatowski all about the case that made him a Chief Inspector. Nobody cared about the murder of a "coloured" girl whose body was found near an old war bomb site after WW II. Nobody but Charlie, at least. As the investigation continued, no one at the New Scotland Yard seemed interested in the case. As Woodend stubbornly continues the investigation, he is threatened by both gangsters and hi...more
On his retirement, Wooden recounts his first case. The narrative is littered with racist slurs which I found offensive. I tried reading it in context of the time period and to consider that the protagonist was also offended by the terms. Add that the plot was rather predictable and slow going, and it made for just an okay read. I doubt I'll look for other titles in the series.