'At 5pm on a freezing February evening, Sarah Baker-Sibley is driving on a Norfolk coast road to collect her daughter from school at 5.30. To avoid traffic she takes her usual back road route, but tonight it let's her down, as an AA diversion sign turns her off the normal route. When the vehicle in the front comes to a stop owing to a fallen tree, she sees in her rear view mirror that there are several cars behind her. By now the snow is falling thick and fast and there is no way anyone can reverse, so Sarah along with seven other vehicles is trapped.
Although, this mystery is set outside there is an element of `locked Room' syndrome, as the driver of one of the vehicles is found to be dead, but there are no footprints in the snow either to or from his vehicle. As the police investigate the murder, the secrets of the other drivers are slowly revealed. Then another body is found which although not in the trapped convoy is close enough for the police to suspect a link.
The investigating officers are DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine. The latter had previously worked with Peter's father and there is still a shadow hanging over him, a shadow Peter would like to have explained.Thus
the relationship between them is uneasy.
There are many layers to this ingenious tale, and some great clues which had me completely foxed. In all I found the book a compelling read. One oddity I found was some of the descriptions -` his eyes were tap water
blue'. I also couldn't quite get with `her lipstick red car' Pillar box red I could understand, but lipstick is a number of different shades, so it didn't really give me a description.
I understand that it is the first in a new series, I will be looking out for the next one. Recommended.