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A Tangled Web
on 1 June 2014
Welcome to Lavenstock, where a sad tale of crime is about to be played out before our eyes. Abigail Moon and Gil Mayo will be called on to investigate along with other members of the police, but this story isn’t a straight police procedural. In Lavenstock there is about to be some killings. It starts with an unknown man found dead in a puddle by some allotments, but before it ends there will be more deaths.
Dermot Voss has moved to the town from London, not wanting to carry on living where his wife accidentally died and has the help of his sister-in-law to assist in the move and settle the two girls he had had with his wife, into a regular routine. Almost as soon as they arrive in the town though there is a murder, and the police trying to identify the body and the motive for the killing. But soon there is another murder, this time of a schoolgirl, but could these be connected, or is the latter person a victim of a killer that is part of an ongoing investigation elsewhere in the general area?
With two killings and the police with real no leads in both cases Mayo, with Moon and his team seem to be stuck, and things are not being helped by some potential witnesses not being totally truthful. With some red herrings along the way and false leads gradually the story unravels for the police, although in some parts I would expect most readers will already be ahead of the police in their conclusions.
This is a good solid tale that is worth reading, but in places I did feel that we were perhaps given too much information on other details that slowed the story down a tad. I don’t know if this is the first in this series or a later story but I will admit I did enjoy a good read here with my feet up on a lazy Sunday.