This book gets off to a cracking start. From the very beginning you are aware that all is not well. There's an air of brooding tension throughout the first chapter and by the second, you have a body.
Enter Elizabeth Jewell and Tony Patterson and we're straight into the investigation and an intriguing story.
Jewell's character unfolds with the plot. She's stubborn, headstrong and intuitive. As her frustration over the case grows, she starts to break the rules, leaving herself increasingly more vunerable. She also develops a strong empathy with the victim, Lily Jerome.
The book is fast paced and we're never bogged down with too much forensic jargon. The main characters are down to earth and believable. I particularly liked Superintendent Daly, Jewell's politicaly incorrect boss, who tries to rein Jewell in. There are sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. To me this book reads like an updated take on the traditional 'who dunnit?'. Straightforward, easy to read and keeps you turning the pages.
There are one or two issues with the formatting which need to be addressed and a few typing errors which are a bit annoying but on the whole they don't really detract from the story.