An elderly woman is burnt to death in the remote hamlet of Silver Bay. A young woman dies of an overdose on a notorious Holyhead estate. A drugs war is about to explode. Somebody knows but no one is talking.
Kelly Morgan has a social conscience and a pile of regrets. She wants to help but knows she'll never manage it alone. Her boss, Amanda Gold, cannot allow anything - not her divorce nor her daughter nor her affair with the boss - to cloud her thinking.
Another fire, another death, and the flames lick closer to home. A threat shadows all their lives. A killer is out there, but one step ahead.
False Lights is the second novel in The Gold Detectives series based along the North Wales coast.
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Really enjoyed this second book in the Gold Detectives series, a gritty provincial thriller which is a combination of police procedural and small town mystery. An elderly novelist is brutally burnt to death in her seaside retreat, Why an apparently harmless recluse should suffer such a tortured end is hard for law enforcement to fathom. False Lights gives really good characterisation of the police force, in their professional and private conflicts, and edge of the seat chapter endings which leave you listening deep into the night!. Gillian Hamer's style in gritty provincial suspense is reminiscent of Camilla Lackberg's excellent Patrik Hedstrom detective series set in a Swedish fishing community. City level crime in a small town setting. A big riff for the narrator too. Tim Dagleish has just the right voice for the story.
- Jenny Wheeler