1. An experienced, possibly craggy, long-suffering homicide detective.
2. An amicable coworker, usually working toward the exam for the next level in the department.
3. A murder of interest.
4. A serious but pleasant tone to the book.
5. Some personal backstory for our policemen.
In this novella, which serves to introduce us to DCI (Detective Chief Inspector for you American Philistines) David Jones and his working partner, Detective Sergeant Phil Cryer, he of the eidetic memory and taker of his Inspector’s test, we have a slasher murder of a young man in a park. However, the opening chapter of the book is told from the criminal’s viewpoint, so we already know whodunnit. No mystery there, all that is left to us is the police work to follow, and lovely it is, too.
So let’s review. Do we have No. 1? Check. No. 2? Check. No. 3? Check. No. 4? Check. No. 5? Check.
To further enjoy the efforts of this hardworking duo, you will have to pick up the next in the series, The DCI Jones Casebook: Ellis Flynn, which is a full length novel, and lucky you, you can find the first chapter at the end of the Raymond Francis Collins case book.
I think this series is going to rank right up there for me among the best.