Birmingham DI Sarah Quinn contends with a relentless TV reporter in this “crisply written” series debut from the author of the Bev Morriss novels (Library Journal).
When a baby is snatched from outside a Birmingham newsagent’s, ‘Ice Queen’ Detective Inspector Sarah Quinn is on the case. Unfortunately for her, so is the insufferably persistent TV reporter Caroline King. Quinn’s cool investigative methods contrast with those of the fiery King, who’ll stop at nothing in pursuit of a good story. But as the investigation stonewalls, it soon becomes clear that the two enemies will have to work together if the police are to have any chance of success . . .
Former BBC reporter and author of the acclaimed Bev Morriss series, Maureen Carter draws on her deep knowledge of journalism and crime investigation in this gritty police procedural with “an electric pace” to deliver a tale of crime and justice that “won’t soon leave you” (Library Journal).
The main supporting character, Caroline King, who's a walking stereotype of an aggressive and unethical TV reporter, somewhat hobbles British author Carter's routine first in a new police procedural series featuring Birmingham Det. Insp. Sarah Quinn. Quinn and her team are dedicated to finding six-month-old Evie Lowe, who was snatched from her stroller while her young mother, Karen, ran an errand. Meanwhile, in a typical ploy, King poses as a social worker in an attempt to get into Karen's house and interview her. "You're the one who's being stupid," she tells the police who confront her. "I'm the one who could actually help that girl get her baby back." The frantic search for Evie and her abductor includes no unexpected twists or psychological insights. Fans of Carter's Bev Morriss mysteries (Death Line, etc.) will miss the grittiness of that series.