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When a woman is snatched from a wood, Inspector Superintendent Pat North seizes control of her first major enquiry - one that appears to be over before it begins, when a local sex offender quickly confesses. 

With no body and inconsistent statements, North and her team are not convinced. They investigate a strange family of musical geniuses - each with their own motive. 

But if the man who confessed isn't the perpetrator - who is? And how far will they go to evade capture?

©1997 Lynda La Plante (P)2020 Bonnier Books Ltd

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I'm going to do a review for the series as a whole and post it for each book, this is because I feel that the further along the series and especially the last book are mostly about the private lives of the detectives rather than the crimes themselves.

I do feel that of all the series of Linda La Plante's that I've read/watched this is probably the weakest as far as story and character development go.

The character of Mike Walker is not someone I like, yes he may get the job done, but he really is a dinosaur, and frankly I don't think he is that good of a detective. He guesses a lot or plays a hunch, which by luck has been proved correct, so often no more follow up is done once a case has either had a confession or thought to be proved. Finding evidence whilst the case is going through trial seems really far fetched to me and also not professional.

The character of Pat North has a lot of potential, she should have stayed well away from getting involved in a relationship with Mike Walker, and frankly that whole scenario is completely unnecessary.

The Detective Sargent character of Dave Satchwell starts off predictable, seems to move forward, and then de-evolves by the last book.

How much of all of this is due to the fact that the author was writing for television, rather than writing a "book" I don't know, but the story does seem to suffer because of it.

I won't be revisiting the tv series, and I doubt very much that I will listen to the books again.

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Worth every minute

The way the whole series work was brilliant.
Each book with its own special theme running through out. Here the well known characters of Pat North and Michael Walker continue their journey Pat’s leading her first murder investigation and family ties, love and music provide the undercurrent to what unfolds. Lynda la Plante writes yet another gripping story.

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Compelling intriguing murder courtroom mystery

A brilliant last book in the series, shame to see that Mike and Pat split up but I did think for most of the book that Mike was going down for murder, but he did get away with it only to learn that through Pats eyes and mine he did do it, this book is set mainly in the courtroom, absolutely brilliant, narration added good insight in peocedure

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End of an era

The final book in the series kept up the pace throughout, just as in all the previous volumes. Can't praise the author enough for her brilliant characterisation. All the main players are totally believable. Praise also for Colin Made who narrates this series as though he were a cast of dozens. Remarkable talent. Quite an emotional end to the whole thing.

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Entertaing

This a simple and entertaining story with a possible killing team to kill again.