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Complex and satisfying.,
This review is from: The Coffin Trail (Hardcover)
Daniel Kind wants to make a sea change. He and his new partner Miranda impulsively buy a run down cottage in the Lake District, vowing to cut off all contact from Daniel's university past and Miranda's horror work experiences. What Daniel neglects to tell Miranda is that Tern Cottage once housed a childhood playmate who in adulthood was accused of being a murderer. Opinion is still divided in the quiet town of Brackdale as to whether the simple and introverted Barrie Gilpin would have slain a young woman and left her to the crows on an old local sacrificial stone. Barrie's death from falling down a ravine conveniently tied up the murder case for the local constabulary at the time but Daniel still doubts. His investigations become his new occupation, and it doesn't make him popular with townsfolk who would prefer that old sleeping dogs were left to lie.
Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett can smell a sideways move in the wind, and so can all her colleagues. Re-assigned to head up a cold case squad in the familiar surrounds of the Lake District Hannah decides things could be worse and gets stuck into re-investigating the old murder of Gabrielle Anders. Gabrielle stirred up the flames of more than just the starry eyed Barrie Gilpin when she blew into town long ago, and few have forgotten her. There's plenty of suspects and plenty of reasons why someone would want the traveler dead, and Hannah finds a person of like mind in Daniel Kind, son of her former partner. Daniel once holidayed in the area as a child and was one of the few ever to know or be kind to loner Barrie. As the investigation deepens Hannah finds that more than one alibi was falsified for the sake of Brackdale community peace.
"The Coffin Trail" is an involved read in that there are many sub plots and complex relationships involved that you must keep a handle on. It remains a whodunit to the final chapter and is cleverly arranged to give the reader a broad choice upon who to throw their suspicions. This book has the feel of a "closed town" murder in that all suspects involved in the past crime are still about and interacting with each other in the present. "The Coffin Trail" is a great read with all the right elements for the reader who likes to get deep down into a murder mystery.