Tuesday, March 31, 2015
No Place to Die by Clare Donoghue (#2 Lockyer)
As the story opens, DS Jane Bennett is on point as her former boss, DI Lockyer, has to deal with the aftermath from his mistakes in the previous Stevens case. He's basically declared unfit to work and his supervisor has him looking at cold cases and attending mandatory counseling to help get his act together. Jane, missing her partner's leadership, is running the latest case -- a dead girl has been found in a man-made tomb. Just as that investigation is getting underway and the police begin to search for a suspect, an ex-cop and friend of Bennett and Lockyer, Mark Leech, goes missing from his home. They suspect foul play because of blood spatters -- but who would want to kidnap a retired cop? So, torn between the search for the tomb girl's killer and finding Mark, Jane has her hands full with a new team until she can get Lockyer back into fit form.
The investigation takes the police to a local university where two very odd psychology majors seem far too interested in the dead girl -- in fact, did one of them abduct her and take her to that final grave? Lots of interviews and details start to put the case together, and then another body is found in yet another, older tomb. What is this? Meanwhile, the team can't find Mark and his wife, Sue, is falling apart.
This was a very addicting read that kept me glued to the pages as the information started to come together. I really like the partnership of Jane and Mike as well as the details of their personal lives. I think it best if you read the first in the series before this one just so you understand how Mike got to his current mental and emotional status. I am looking forward to another in this series!
Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for the e-book ARC to review.