PI Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott share a moment right after her
vows to Matthew, coloring their detective partnership. A disturbed
young man caroms into Strike’s office to exclaim about a child
murder committed decades ago. Being hired by a politician to spy on a
colleague distracts them, but the possibility weighs on Cormoran’s
mind, as Robin goes undercover in Parliament. The non-case of the
wild story becomes entangled within the political investigation and a
dubious suicide. Meanwhile, Robin’s husband shows his true colors,
but her desire to be independent only prolongs the sexual tension
Galbraith keeps a fast, at times frenetic, pace throughout the story, with the main characters exasperatingly and credibly human in their complexity. It’s fun to see inside the heads of the good guys when they have fleeting thoughts that are unrealistic / unreasonable, such as when Robin finds herself drawn in by the charm of their client’s tall, dark, and handsome “bad boy” son, a person of interest. Fourth in the Cormoran Strike series, it’s easily a standalone for the case story, but adds layers of nuance to the partnership. The inevitable transition in the nature of the relationship will change the dynamics and sadly may be the beginning of the end, unless Galbraith finds a way to pull it off. Let’s hope she…whoops, “he” can do so!
I received a copy of
this latest release in the series from St. Martin’s Press for an
Councillor Harold Carobleat has died, having succumbed to a lingering illness. Soon after, his neighbor and solicitor are found dead under mysterious circumstances. As both are colleagues of Carobleat, and one suspected to be intimate with Carobleat’s wife, Inspector Purbright investigates Harold’s passing as a possible murder as well, eventually connecting it all to a shady business deal.
Often throughout the story, complicated sentences obstruct meaning just as characters obstruct justice in their attempts to thwart Inspector Purbright. It’s worth it in the end, though. The last line is killer!
I received this delightful cozy mystery through NetGalley.
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton seeks a serial killer in Edinburgh. DI Hamilton is a quick study of character, clever, and compassionate towards those considered “dregs of society.” A tragedy and unanswered questions spur him toward justice.
Lawrence carefully weaves backstory into the contemporary tale. I wish she had done the same with side characters, instead of introducing each one as they were needed to move the story forward, which makes those chapters feel cleaved from the main story even as they contribute information. All of her characters have distinctive traits, many of them delightfully quirky.
Readers who love mysteries, parallel storylines, complex family characters, and / or 19th century Scotland will like this book.
I appreciate receiving an advanced digital copy from Net Galley at netgalley.com.