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Summary

On a hot August day in 1994, 76 holidaymakers travel to an island off the North Norfolk coast. Only 75 return alive - a young man is murdered, the case left unsolved. Twenty years later, using state-of-the-art forensics, the DNA results of a blood-soaked towel prompt DI Peter Shaw to summon all 75 original suspects to a mass screening. But one of them, the beautiful Marianne Osbourne, is found dead in her bed. Is there a link to the 1994 murder? DI Shaw and DS Valentine become immersed in the dark secrets of an isolated community.

©2012 Jim Kelly (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Finally beginning to enjoy the relationship between the main characters which seemed rather odd in the earlier books. The antagonism of the Chief Constable is a little unbelievable, he's supposed to feel threatened by DI Shaw but that's not credible, the distance between their ranks means it wouldn't be possible for Shaw to be a threat to his position. It makes for a little extra side interest but would work far better if it was Shaws Chief Inspector or superintendent behaving in this way.

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  • 30-11-13

Enjoyable if somewhat confusing

I tend to listen to my books in the car, so only do so with half an ear. A couple of times I had to go back as I was certain I'd missed something because what I was hearing didn't quite make sense. I learnt that in fact, it was they way the story's written that means having to listen further for everything to fall into place.
The descriptive passages were excellent and I could feel myself there.
The detective's disability (I won't mention it here for obvious reasons) almost seemed like an afterthought and didn't add anything to the story.