A headmistress is found strangled in her East London school, her death the result of a brutal and ritualistic act of violence. Found at the scene is a single piece of card, written upon which is an ancient Buddhist precept:
I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.
At first, DI Maya Rahman can’t help but hope this is a tragic but isolated murder. Then, the second body is found.
Faced with a community steeped in secrets and prejudice, and with a serial killer on her hands, Maya must untangle the cryptic messages left at the crime scenes to solve the deadly riddle behind the murders – before the killer takes another victim.
Set London’s East End, with a likeable female detective, ‘Turn a Blind Eye’, is a police procedural mystery that explores the positives, pressures and problems of contemporary East End society.
Focusing on a murder that takes place at a local school, DI Maya Rahman investigates who killed the headteacher through her understanding of the fears, loyalties and secrets of this multi-racial culture, while coming to terms with her devastating, personal tragedy.
Maya is a sympathetic character, she is committed to making a difference and her keen observation skills and knowledge of the local culture, make her an excellent detective character. Dan, her number two, an Australian fast track officer brings a different perspective to the case and complements Maya’s skills. They make an unusual but exciting detective team.
The well- written thought-provokingplot has many poignant moments and is compelling and realistic. It keeps its secrets until the final scenes and has a credible ending. The pacing is slow at times, but this reflects the police procedure.
I received a copy of this book from HQ via NetGalley in return for an honest review.