A group of children play. Not far away, in the ditch on the other side of the farmyard, the body of a young woman. The nearby village hides as many secrets as the community at the farm, a disparate group of people looking for an alternative to their previous torturous lives. Their leader, idealistic and benevolent, espouses love and kindness, and somebody’s not following his dictate. The second death, an old woman, seems unrelated to the first, but is it? Is it part of the tangled web that connects the farm to the village? The village, Detective Inspector Tremayne and Sergeant Clare Yarwood find out soon enough, is anything but charming and picturesque. It’s a hotbed of intrigue and wrongdoing, and what of the farm and those who live there. None of them can be ruled out, not yet.
À Wonderful Tale thanks I have now completed the series and it was well worth the journey. So well written I didn't want to put it down. Will look forward to the next books, cos it is still not finished. Thanks xx
Interesting read Although I found some parts of the story, long winded, I still enjoyed the chase to find out whodunnit. So many lives damaged in the process. Looking forward to reading Book 9.
Great read. Loved it. Preordered this so it was a lovely surprise when it appeared on my kindle as I'd forgotten about it. Loved it, not the usual story as there's often a bit of oddness in these books. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
A must read Really good book...keeps you guessing right till the end
Very very good Wish I could give more than 5 stars as I really enjoyed the way this book is written. It has a very good plot with other plots and crimes unveiled as this complex story is told. It’s a challenging and very good book to read. We get taken through thought processes and bouncing of ideas, combined with relentless questioning to reveal a village with many secrets and lies. So good
Fascinating story line. This book was an excellent read. Great story and an unusual setting. I really enjoyed it immensely. Lots of twists and turns to the plot and you will have your work cut out to figure who done it?
The past is a killer DI Temayne and DS Yarwood are called to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in a ditch near where four children are playing. This brings them to a village where life seems peaceful and calm and to an enclave governed by a college professor who seemingly has a calming influence on his followers. The body is that of a resident of the enclave who has a history of drugs and sex with several members of the town and the enclave. She is also pregnant. Strangely, no one in the enclave seems to be troubled by the death. An eccentric elder villager provides clues but also surfaces the hidden underbelly of the village's inhabitants. Everyone has secrets; everyone has a hidden, regretted past. These are things that could bring them shame and pain, and further death. Throughput the story describes the motivations and thoughts of the well-developed characters. The relationship between Tremayne and Yarwood has matured, and their marriages have affected their lives. More a police procedural than a thriller, the story delves into a set of related intrigues with an ending that is not necessarily happy but is ultimately satisfying. This is another well-thought-out story from Phillip Strang.
Another good read I enjoy the relationship between DI Tremayne and Sgt Yarwood. Their back-and-forth while investigating the murders is comfortable. We can follow them questioning suspects following clues. The characters are well developed, the plot is intricate and the outcomes are not foreseen. I've read all of the Tremayne books and wish BBC would make a series based on these characters.
Another great crime novel Love this crime/suspense series. This book is as intriguing as the others in the series. Great storyline and characters
Great series Having read all 8 books, I've waited to review the series instead. Have enjoyed all the books, the characters, their dynamics and frailties. The story plots, the endings somewhat surprising. In book life sometimes equals real life. Lies secrets hidden agendas, can't wait for more.
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