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The Backpacker by Stewart Giles
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4.5 Stars

DC Harriet Taylor is back for her third adventure. Even though this is 3rd in the series, it does well as a stand alone.

Taylor has been called to investigate when a young girl's body is found hidden on a Cornish farm. While finding dead bodies is not the norm, the bigger surprise is that they find a second body in the same place that has been buried there for over 20 years.

The young woman is identified as a backpacker .. a person who hikes the available trails. Who would want to hurt her?

As Taylor and her team look into the crime, they find more questions than answers. Harriet is becoming obsessed with the second body, unidentified, and doesn't understand why the other detectives bar her in every way from looking into the death. Someone knows more than they are telling ... but what ..or who .. is hiding something? And is it connected with the more recent killing?


There are plenty of suspects to follow in this well written crime fiction. The girl's boyfriend who doesn't seem too upset ... the brother she hasn't spoken to in years ... members of the farm where she was found ... or was this a random killing?

There are lots of twists and turns and surprises as alternating chapters tell about what is happening today and what happened all those years ago. It's easy to follow and has a surprising ending.

As always I recommend starting at the beginning of this riveting series.

Many thanks to the author / Books N All Promotions / Jill Burkinshaw for the digital copy of The Backpacker. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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Reading Progress

July 30, 2018 – Started Reading
July 31, 2018 – Shelved
July 31, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
July 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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