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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Walking by Night by Kate Ellis

3.0 out of 5 stars -- This is the 5th book in the Detective Inspector Joe Plantagenet series but the first one I've read. Death stalks the theater and the byways of the most "haunted" town in England.

When an actress who is appearing in a local play, THE DEVILS, is killed and her body is found in an ancient abbey, DI Plantagenet is flummoxed by a witness's report of having seen a nun in the fog. The young woman who discovered the victim has ties to an old case, that of a kidnapped boy, her little brother. In addition, there are other suspicious characters who are all connected in very interesting ways. Then another murder takes place -- disguised as a suicide, and another...who is killing these people, and why?

The fog that cloaks the valley each night plays a role in the developing suspense and sense of the supernatural in this story. For the fog hides those that walk along the old streets and begs the question -- who is watching whom?

The narrative is in the style of a police procedural and flows smoothly. I would have liked to know more about the main character, Joe, who obviously has some issues and flaws that weren't explained in detail. I'm sure it would have helped me enjoy this book more if I had read the previous books in the series.

I enjoyed the book, I'd read another. I liked the setting, the main characters, and the lack of a romance.

Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House for the e-book ARC to review.

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