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Good pace, plenty of action and suspense
on 11 November 2014
I found myself with very divided emotions about Ian & Bev Peterson. I can understand Ian's anxiety to do a good job and prove himself worthy of his promotion as he starts a new job in a new city. I can understand that he is driven to find a murderer before more people die, I can even understand that his loyalties are divided between the new job and Bev's cloying misery and unpredictable temperament, BUT he married her, knowing that she was clingy and not totally supportive of his career choice. He also took the decision to apply for a promotion in another force area hundreds of miles from her family and friends. He cannot then just leave her to get on with life, mostly on her own in a city where she knows no-one and has no social structure to fall back on and expect her not to be miserable or needy. It's just NOT ON Ian!! Just saying.
Leigh Russell has taken the time to get to know York and describes the area very well, indeed the Tourist Information Board in the city should be selling her books in their offices. I loved the description of how Jocelyn felt when walking on the city walls, it can be a very dizzying experience even for those who are not phobic about heights.
That everyone has something in their lives which they wouldn't want the rest of the world to know about is a given, and those things are well exploited in this book. Illicit relationships, a temper which is too quick to arouse, guilt, remorse, anxiety, - all play a part here. There are many contenders to be the villain but all we can be sure of is who it isn't - but can we? I made the necessary connection fairly early on, but didn't understand why. There are one or two questions which I would ideally want answered but cannot go into them here as to do so may reveal more than I should. The important thing for readers of this book to understand is that nothing can be taken at face value.
This being his first case in York, Ian is obviously in the early stages of building good working relationships and it will be interesting to see how those develop, especially in light of the last question asked in the story. This was a solidly built and researched story with a good pace, plenty of action and a generous amount of suspense which I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to more books featuring DI Peterson, but for goodness sake Leigh Russell - will you please find an interest for Bev, otherwise I could be the next killer Ian is searching for.