North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder – Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed. His daughter Eve is a glassblower, and the murder weapon is a shard of one of her broken vases.
Dr Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He’s a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.
Then another body is found – killed in a similar way. Matthew finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home . . .
This is the second book in the Two Rivers crime series which I didn’t realise but you can read these books as a standalone. Though after reading this book, I will be purchasing the first book as it was a really good read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked how the story built up, it is a bit graphic when they talk about the murders but I was ok with that as I expected it. It was an engaging read and fast paced, I didn’t want to put it down. The story follows Detective Matthew Venn as he is put on the case of finding out who murdered Dr Nigel Yeo, the murder weapon is a piece of glass that is made by none other than his own daughter but who did it? then another body is found and they have been killed in a similar way, can Matthew piece it all together and catch the killer before they strike again. I couldn’t work out who the killer was, I like the way there are some red herrings thrown into the mix. The ending was superb and wraps up nicely.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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