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Silent Crimes by Michael Hambling
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it was amazing

This is the eighth book in a series with Detective Sophie Allen as the lead. I have read a couple of them and have found that it is perfectly possible to read and enjoy them if you haven't read the earlier books, although the full picture from having read them all would be good.
Sophie's daughter, Jade, has made friends with a tramp living in the woods, a man of education and some wealth who has chosen to live off the grid. She only knows him as Paul. She is devastated when she discovers his body but knows she has to hold it together to help the police in their search for the killer. It's only because Jade remembers that Paul used to hide his belongings in a tree that the police get their first clue and that's when the investigation opens out for them.
Paul was connected to a commune in the Quantock Hills many years previously and, as the police pick over the information from this, a situation of jealousy, crime and more murders come to light. There were very good reasons for Paul's disappearance but it takes a lot of hard work to uncover the truth.
A very enjoyable read which I would recommend to all lovers of detective fiction. I believe Mr Hambling's books get better and better and he should be on anyone's 'to read' list.
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Reading Progress

October 20, 2019 – Started Reading
October 21, 2019 – Finished Reading
November 5, 2019 – Shelved

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