DCI Hannah Scarlett is an acknowledged expert in solving cold cases, but she is struggling under the weight of bureaucracy when Ramona Smith’s disappearance from Bowness more than twenty years ago crosses her desk. The prime suspect was charged but found not guilty. Now the case comes back into the public eye as the result of a shocking tragedy on the Crooked Shore, the fount of dark legends in the south of the Lake District. Tensions mount in the summer heat as a ruthless killer who has already got away with one murder plans further appalling crimes. Hannah finds herself racing against the clock as she strives to solve the mysteries and save innocent lives.
My thoughts: this was interesting, cold cases are obviously a bit harder to solve when suspects, witnesses and evidence aren’t available.
Added to that are complications in Hannah’s personal life and a strange man who insists a murder is about to happen.
I liked Hannah, she’s pretty sensible and doesn’t just go for the most obvious answers, she carefully works through the evidence and solves the case – though it’s not as straightforward as it seems.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.