When a body is found in the grounds of a prestigious Wiltshire private school, DI Gillian Marsh takes on the case.
The young groundsman, Bradley Watson, has been shot dead, pierced through the heart with an arrow.
As the investigation gathers pace, DI Marsh is frustrated to find the Whalehurst staff and students united in silence. This scandal must not taint their reputation. But when Gillian discovers pictures of missing Whalehurst pupil, fifteen-year-old Rachel Snyder, on Bradley’s dead body – photos taken on the night she disappeared, and he was murdered – the link between the two is undeniable.
But what is Whalehurst refusing to reveal? And does Gillian have what it takes to bring about justice?
Very Satisfying Mystery!
Reading this is a bit like being in a maze: just as you think you’ve found the solution you turn a corner and find yourself utterly lost again!
When the body of a young member of staff is found in the grounds of a public school, DI Gillian Marsh is called to investigate. Expecting answers to her questions, she is annoyed when the headmaster blocks her investigation at every turn. At the same time, a colleague is looking into the disappearance of a local girl. When photos of her are found on the young man’s body, it links the two cases together. So what has one got to do with the other? Where’s the connection? And what, if anything, is the headmaster covering up?
This one kept me on my toes! I like Gillian Marsh – she doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and makes no apology for that. She doesn’t miss much either – a great trait for any detective! This is a very cleverly plotted book, pulling the reader in by degrees with a gripping storyline while keeping the big revelations until the very end. So very good! Skilfully created – both the story and the characters – and really hard to put down once I began. Absolutely mesmerising and such a very satisfying novel to read – with the perfect title! Anna Legat is now on my ‘must not miss’ list and I’m very happy to give this one all five glowing stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: murder mystery
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 256 pages
- Publisher: Headline
- Publication Date: 15 October 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54697013-a-conspiracy-of-silence
Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She read law at the University of South Africa and Warsaw University, then gained teaching qualifications in New Zealand. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.
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