PERILS OF THE NIGHT by Patricia Hall continues the exploits of Laura Ackroyd, copper-haired news reporter, and Michael Thackery, policeman with a past. Laura and Michael are a compelling couple--both very likeable and not overly cute. I belive PERILS is the fourth book in Hall's series on this pair and I hope she writes dozens more. Laura and Michael met in DEATH BY ELECTION which is particularly well written, and salient given recent election politics in the U.S.. The couple become better acquainted in DYING FALL, closer in DEAD OF WINTER and are working together again in PERILS.
Laura is an excellent reporter, fighting to establish herself in a man's world which means getting assignments off the feature page and on the front page. Michael worries that Laura's skills may someday encourage the London papers to entice her away from Yorkshire. But Laura has a grandmother living in Bradford with whom she is very close, so she's not likely to take off soon.
Sometimes Laura's investigative reporting efforts lead to conflicts with Michael, a relative newcomer on the local police force, who is trying to establish credibility with his new employers. Both Laura and Michael seem mature enough to deal with the job-related conflicts that can affect their personal relationship, but from time to time tempers flare.
Hall's plot device in PERILS is interesting--both main characters frequently turn up at the same job location because something of interest to both the newspaper and the local police occurs. In PERILS both become involved in the murder of a college student who turned tricks on the side before one of her clients apparently killed her. Laura had been developing an undercover piece on the exploitation of women prostitutes before the murder. Michael becomes involved when murder and prostitution intersect.
This is a short book--220 pages and can be read in one sitting, but it's rich and filling as a chocolate eclair.