by David Stuart Davies The Mystery Press, £7.99
Here is former teacher David Davies at his best; a taut, dramatic thriller with a mentally deranged killed leaving few clues.
Detective Inspector Paul Snow – who has already figured on the bookshelves in style – has more than a killer to combat in his latest case. He also has his own personal secret which threatens to be exposed, wreck his career, and even his life.
Written with skill and sensitivity, it begins with a tragic coach crash which kills all but five members of a girls’ choir.
The chilling simplicity of murder and the difficulties in solving the case with no apparent motive bear heavily on the reader in a well-crafted novel in which the pages seem to turn by themselves at
And, like all good novels, there is a cunning sting in the tail (or should that be tale?).
It is no wonder that the Huddersfieldbased author – also a Sherlock Holmes expert – is a member of the illustrious Crime Writers’ Association.
His website is also cool with a picture of one of his school reports which describes his written English as having ‘a lively sense of imagination.’ Times, of course, don’t change.