Thursday, 28 March 2013

Blue Murder- Cath Staincliffe

Janine Lewis is recently separated from her husband after finding him in bed with the home help.  They have 3 children together and she is pregnant with their fourth.  She is also the newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector of South Manchester police station called in to investigate the murder of a man found in his allotment.  Janine faces pressure from her boss who makes it clear that she has only been given the case because everyone else is too busy.  The case is moving slowly until three equally plausible suspects burst into the frame and Janine struggles knowing where to concentrate the team's efforts.  At the same time we learn more about her family life and how they are dealing with the separation of her and Pete.  Interwoven into all of this is the story of Jade, a seven year old who is not allowed to play near the allotments but found herself there on the morning of the murder.  She doesn't dare tell anyone what she saw as she doesn't want to get into trouble for being there.
I enjoyed this story, I hadn't seen the television series but may now hunt it out.  The characters at times felt a bit too 2 dimensional but that could be simply because this is the first book in a series.

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