Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a landslip on the moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - is exposed; 20 years have passed, and the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered.
Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night. She was the daughter of a prominent local businessman, and her mother had killed herself two years after she disappeared, unable to cope.
Cold cases are always tough, and in this latest mystery in the acclaimed series from Susan Hill, Simon Serrailler is forced to confront his most grisly, dangerous, and complex case yet.
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I've listened to all of the Susan Hill/Simon Serrailler novels. I can't say what makes them so engaging, but they are. They are not the best mysteries, but it hardly matters, since the characters are so real and engaging, that I'm happy to follow them along as they do their day-to-day activities -- be that cooking meals for their families or solving murders. They are like those long BBC detective series that are long on detail w/o much action, which for me are a great pleasure to watch.
Any P.D. James
- P. Bowen
Love the series; this one not my favorite
- Janet H. Maddox