It's Cornwall, England, 1943. As the war rages, with Nazi bombs routinely dropping nearby, a dumpy, grumpy wartime Detective Sergeant, Bob Robbins, who wants nothing more than to retire and watch birds, is called in to investigate a strange death. A young aspiring doctor is found dead in a pond in the open moors. Robbins and his new associate, Laurie, start to investigate and the clues lead them down a strange path of Celtic rituals, sordid affairs, greed and lust. Detective Robbins could be a brother to Columbo, the American crime investigator, with his sometimes off-putting commentary, dry humor and most importantly, an indelible questioning mind that will not be satisfied with anything but the absolute truth. This book is entertaining in so many ways, as we are pulled into Robbin's mind and how, piece by piece, he solves the mystery, but also the way the author draws us into the pastoral, almost timeless ambience of a British rural community, where everyone knows everyone, and everything, where rumors abound, where secrets are plenty, and where a crime investigator, like Robbins, must pry them out of people who guard them with their very lives. This is quality writing and an excellent story in this series.
Review by International Writers Inspiring Change
About J.G Harlond
Secret agents, skulduggery, crime and romance . . .
A member of the British Crime Writers Association, J.G. Harlond (Jane) is the author of award-winning, page-turning historical crime novels that weave fictional characters into real events. Jane’s books have achieved recognition as ‘Discovered Diamonds’ (x5) and ‘Book of the Month’, Readers’ Favourite 5* awards (x3), and a Wishing Shelf Red Ribbon award.
After travelling widely (she has visited or lived in most of the locations in her novels), Jane is now settled in rural southern Spain.