- first published 1993 by Macmillan
- this e-book published 2013 by Bello
- #4 in the Inspector Ramsay series
- ISBN 978-1-4472-5322-8 EPUB
- 215 pages
Gus Lynch is directing the Youth Theatre through a rehearsal. The cast is in place but the female lead, Gabriella Paston, is missing. Later that evening her body is discovered in the boot of Gus's car. Detective Inspector Stephen Ramsay and Sergeant Gordon Hunter are assigned to head the murder enquiry.
Meanwhile violence is escalating on the Starling Farm Estate as police battle to contain the latest outbreak of joyriding. Is the death of Gabriella connected to the events at Starling Farm? When another death occurs, investigations suggest a possible link. Ramsay realises what could have provoked someone to kill . . . and kill again.
Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. A cleverly told story, and the identity of the murderer came as a surprise. There were plenty of red herrings and a number of plot strands that provided interest. Stephen Ramsay meets up with a former girl friend, and his relationship with his Sergeant seems to be improving... slightly. There is a nice contrast between Ramsay and Hunter.
If you haven't tackled this series before, you could read this one as a stand-alone, but hopefully will enjoy it enough to go back to the beginning and read them all.
My rating: 4.6
I've also read
- 4.5, A LESSON DYING - Inspector Ramsay #1
- 4.5, MURDER IN MY BACKYARD -Inspector Ramsay #2
- 4.4, A DAY IN THE DEAT OF DOROTHEA CASSIDY - Inspector Ramsay #3