This is Penny Grubb's first outing with Annie Raymond as her protagonist. This is a classic whodunnit in the best of traditions. Nothing flashy or irrational, but the story of a PI determined to prove herself against mounting odds. Annie knows that she is good, but persuading her boss, who has a broken leg, of the fact is more problematical. When Terry's parents alert Annie to their disquiet at the death of their son, her instincts kick into play. I love the way the author uses the landscape to full effect from the crumbling bits of Hull to the crumbling cliffs of the Holderness coast.
Penny Grubb's writing is tight and concise and that heightens the tension. If you want a book you can breeze through, with careless prose and unnecessary manufactured cliffhangers, this is not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you like your crime to have tension that cranks up bit by little bit, with an entirely satisfying and terrifying denouement, then I heartily recommend not just this book, but all the Annie Raymond mysteries. Penny Grubb deserves to be up there with the cream of crime writers.