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In 1986, on a country lane in Shropshire, a newspaper boy appears to have been abducted. Some 20 years later, Sarah Clement, a once successful novelist, disappears from her houseboat on the Grand Union Canal. Her submerged body is found a few days later by a volunteer working on the canal restoration. DI Frank Kavanagh is seconded to the case, along with his lover and colleague, DC Jane Salt. As the pair embark upon the routine round of house-to-house enquiries and interviews with those who knew the dead woman, a number of suspects emerge. But the case is complicated further when the owner of a bed and breakfast close to the canal is also found dead, in gruesome circumstances...
©2007 David Armstrong; (P)2009 Soundings
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 07-15-17

Well-plotted and well-written!

This is a good story and intriguing mystery. Told as a slow unweaving of events from two different times periods that are related. The death of a young boy who is hit by a car in 1986 in parallel with other, seemingly unrelated deaths in 2006. DI Frank Kavanaugh and DC Jane Salt are assigned the cases, and they patiently follow the clues to unravel a puzzle of tragedies.

This is a book that doesn't proceed by leaps and bounds so much as it moseys and meanders to arrive at an interesting, somewhat surprising ending. The author introduces characters and lingers over each one, drawing the listener into the inner life of that person, before even fitting them into the story.

This style was a little difficult to understand in the beginning--I initially wondered whether it was just going to be slow. It is well worth allowing yourself to get into, by just listening to the author do the laying out of the clues through the psychological exploration of the characters. I think it works very well.

Well worth the credit--I will be looking for more work by David Armstrong. I mostly liked the narration quite well, but he wasn't always good with female voices. Not unusual--I find most narrators don't do voices of opposite gender very well. Mostly the narration was a good accompaniment to the story. His leisurely style of reading nicely fits the manner in which the story unfolds.

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