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The Calling of the Grave by Simon Beckett
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Apr 02, 11

Read in April, 2011

I really do enjoy these David Hunter mysteries. The main reason for being that these books are about so much more than "only" the murders and "just" the solving of the mystery. This series is as much about David Hunter's life, his strenghts and his weaknesses as it is about his job as a forensics expert.
This story starts eight years ago when Hunter is called out to Dartmoor to assist in a search for bodies on the Moors. One body has been recovered and Monk, the man convicted for this and three other murders is being brought to the Moors to help with locating the other bodies.
But the investigation is a mess and comes to an abrupt end when Monk tries to escape. The other victim's bodies aren't found and Hunter goes back to London, feeling that he has missed some important clue but not sure what it is. A subsequent personal drama puts the case out of his mind.
Now Monk has escaped from prison and Hunter once again finds himself on the Moors. It seems that Monk is out to get those who were involved in the search eight years earlier. Hunter is staying with a woman who was also involved in the earlier case and who now appears in danger, but is once again haunted by the idea that there are things he is missing. When the final confrontations take place Hunter and everybody else are in for some big shocks and not everybody will come out of it unharmed or even alive.
This mystery was good, the story well plotted and written and the book a pleasure to read. I hope Simon Beckett will keep these mysteries coming.
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