When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas encounters a man attacking a young woman in a local park, the DI is unable to save her.
Out of guilt, Thomas quits his job at Homicide Headquarters and relocates to the tiny village of Crottendorf, where he regains control of himself and begins to enjoy life again.
However, a year later, all the guilt and shame of the park incident re-emerges when a local hermit, Ethan Wright, is murdered with an unusual weapon and left on display in the centre of the village.
For Thomas, the situation gets worse when Detective Sergeant Ann Collins, a colleague from his past, appears to help with the case. But things become complicated when the victim’s identity is put into question.
Who is the victim? And why was he murdered?
Whilst Thomas and Collins find themselves trying to solve the unusual case, they may have more in common than they could have ever imagined.
A Very Decent Read!
It’s always a step into the unknown with a new author, but I soon settled into the rhythm of this one and rather enjoyed it!
Nathaniel Thomas is a big man – in more ways than one; when it impacts upon his ability to do his job he changes things and a year later is almost unrecognisable as the same person. Now living in a small village, his old life collides with the new one when a body turns up in the village square and the job of investigating falls to Nat.
I admit to struggling at first, finding the writing to be a little stiff and stilted. However, before very long I was so involved in the story that it no longer bothered me. With a good mixture of personal and professional, it moves along easily with plenty going on and there is no shortage of suspects. As with all good crime novels, it all comes down to gathering and analysing the evidence and all of this happens alongside life bumbling along and, along with a few creepy moments regarding the crime, there are several lighter one which brought a smile to my face. I liked the interactions between Nat and Ann, the sergeant sent from his previous station to assist while Sky and her puppy provided lots of fun. With it all finished off neatly and no unanswered questions it was a very decent read and one I’m happy to give 4*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime thriller, police procedural
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 324 pages
- Publisher: Darkstroke
- Publication Date: 01 June 2020
- Links: Goodreads
Danielle holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Management from New College Durham/UK and has settled down in Leipzig/Germany, where she works as a Financial Controller at an IT Consultancy.
Born and raised in a small village in the Ore Mountains/Germany Danielle was introduced to the world of English literature and writing from an early age on through her mother – an English teacher.
Her passion for sports, especially skiing and fencing, stems from her father’s side. Danielle draws her inspiration for writing from long walks in the country with her partner as well as circumnavigating the globe and visiting friends scattered all over the world.
Mix everything together and you get “Snow Light”, a detective mystery combining a stunning wintry setting in the Ore Mountains with unique traditions, some sporty action and lots of suspense.