Another fine mystery in the police procedural genre from the capable hands of Diana J. Febry, this one revolving around the horse racing activities in an area of England. It also involves some severely dysfunctional people and a couple of murders. Phew! What a place!
It starts with the burning barn of a man who trains and races horses for a living. But it turns out that the burning barn may have been the work of arson, and goodness me, a body is found inside the wreckage. We can be fairly certain he didn’t die from the effects of the fire as he had a bullet hole in his head. Aha! First clue. And nobody knew who he was. He was not a local character.
As DCI Peter Hatherall and DI Fiona Williams begin their investigations, it would appear there could be a number of plausible suspects, and we are introduced to a cast of interesting folk who populate the area.
While the ending is not a total surprise, who done done it didn’t hit me until almost the very end. OK, OK, so I’m slow. So sue me.
Ms. Febry is the author of two other nifty mysteries: The Skeletons of Birkbury, and Debts and Druids, and a thriller, Elephant the Room, which I am in the process of reading now. I, of course, will let you know all about it when I have finished it.
Talley ho, my dears. Oh. Wait. That’s for fox hunting. I don’t know what they say in horse racing, other than “Put me down for 2 bob on Whistling Zombie.”