Kacy Howells is a seriously unpleasant woman. She bullies her husband, palms her children off on her parents and harrasses her neighbours. When her naked, bludgeoned body is found on the patio at the back of her house there are as many suspects as there are motives. Unfortunately for D.S Peter Collins one of these suspects turns out to be his cousin, journalist Alan Piper who had the misfortune of living next door to the victim with whom he had a long running feud. Peter is taken off the case but his superior and friend D.I Trevor Joseph knows that he will continue to investigate in his own time. He therefore has to work the case at the same time as trying to keep his friend out of trouble. I really enjoyed this story and thought the identity of the murderer was extremely clever. I love the way the author merges the police case with the personal lives of the main characters. I look forward to the next in the series.