Mitchell and Markby come out of retirement to crack a cold case…
As young children, Josh Browning and his sister, Dilys, stumbled across a dead body while playing on the outskirts of their Cotswold village. Terrified by what they’d seen, neither of them told a soul. Now, twenty years later, Josh finds the dead woman’s charm bracelet among his sister’s possessions.
Who better to tell than his trusted friend, the man he gardens for, retired Superintendent Alan Markby? As Markby listens to Josh’s confession, alarm bells start to ring. The dates and details tie in with a missing person case that was never solved.
Joining forces with Superintendent Ian Carter, who also investigated the original case, and Inspector Jess Campbell, from the region where the missing girl was last seen, Markby delves into the unsolved mystery. Together, they are determined to catch a clever killer who almost got away with murder…
An enjoyable murder mystery with realistic characters, lots of misinformation and a murderer who thought they’d committed the perfect murder.
I’ve not read any of this series before, or the Mitchell and Markby mysteries, but the main characters are easy to empathise. As this mystery reopens a cold case of a missing person from two decades previously, the reintroduction of the Mitchel and Markby characters adds depth to the mystery. It brings past events into real-time maintaining the story’s pacing while providing necessary clues to solve the mystery.
The story is simple but by the final chapters, the number of suspects grows, and the ending has some clever twists. I read this in an afternoon and its perfect Summer reading. I look forward to reading another in this mystery series.
I received a copy of this book from Headline via NetGalley in return for an honest review.