As the Hughes family celebrate bonfire night, a terrible accident leaves the garden shed in flames – and father and grandfather Thomas trapped inside.
Tragic though it is, Thomas’s death passes without suspicion – until a local journalist makes accusations of a police cover-up in the press. WPC Trudy Loveday is sent to investigate, and asks coroner Clement Ryder to help.
But the more questions the two ask the less clear the case seems. There’s no evidence of foul play, and yet the dead man’s family are obviously hiding something. Then there are Thomas’s dubious business practices – was someone out for revenge?
All Trudy and Clement know for sure is that everyone is lying – and that they must find the truth…
Families are strange things – a many headed beast made of people who may not like each other but have a connection regardless.
This family is full of secrets, hatred and anger. Patriarch Thomas is a cruel man and his death isn’t exactly mourned.
The pairing of Loveday and Clement is an interesting one, the young PC and older coroner make a unique team, combining their skills and knowledge.
I enjoyed this book, in a way it reminded me of a Golden Age locked room mystery – there was only a few suspects and witnesses, it took place in one garden. A clever concept for a police procedural style novel.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.