This is a novel with a difference. It’s written as a Greek Tragedy and what a tragedy it is for all those unlucky enough to become involved with Eric Warner. So we have, mystery, murder and mayhem as in all good Greek Tragedies.
The play opens with a body being found, sitting on the ground and resting against a tree in Tersel Woods. The man has no identification, no wallet, and no cell phone. Added to that is the fact that the woman who called the emergency services has given an incorrect phone number and a non-existent address. The police in the form of DI Peter Greene and DC Terry Ford, are baffled.
They call upon the reporter for the local paper, Jimmy Carter for help and a photo is printed in The Abbey Chronicle asking that anybody who knows who this man is to get in touch with the police. From here comes a phone call from the manager of the local bank who recognises the photo as that of Eric Warner.
Warner and his second wife, the beautiful Estelle, have recently moved to the area with plans, according to Estelle, of starting a family.
But Warner is not as he seems. He has a nasty, murky past and has left a well-hidden trail behind him. He has at least one former wife and it seems, a fairly long-term and disastrous relationship with another woman. There were two children from the earlier marriage, one of whom dies in mysterious circumstances, and a daughter of the woman with whom he had the earlier relationship.
The story and its characters are well thought out, the characters are deftly drawn, places are well researched and in all, it is totally believable.
But to find out who did it, you’ll have to read the rest of the book. For me? I was completely baffled until the unveiling at the end, the Final Action. This is only the first book in a new series, but one that will continue to get better, involving us more deeply into the three protagonists, Greene, Ford, and Carter. I look forward to reading the second book.
Disclaimer – I received a copy of this book, enjoyed it and chose to review it.