Evil stalks an idyllic retreat...
An exciting ensemble of characters make for a gripping read in As Easy as Murder, Quintin Jardine's third unmissable crime thriller to feature Primavera Blackstone. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and James Oswald.
'Don't plan to begin reading this one on a work night. You won't put it down until the final page' - Globe and Mail
A tranquil Spanish village by the sea is the perfect place for Primavera Blackstone to raise her ten-year-old Tom, son of the late lamented Oz, especially when they are joined by his nephew, tyro pro golfer Jonny Sinclair. But when her best friend Shirley introduces her new man, Patterson Cowling, he seems to be a trouble magnet. A casual thief tries to pick his pocket and is found a few days later with his face blown off. A bloody coincidence, or does Patterson Cowling have a past to protect? As the body count rises, and Primavera becomes den mother to an extended golfing family, it seems that homicide is par for the course, and that hazards lie in wait for everyone. Can she save the day, or is the game just too rough?
What readers are saying about As Easy as Murder:
'Primavera Blackstone at her very best'
'A great read and keeps you on the edge of your seat right until the end'
A few laugh-out-loud lines lift Jardine's otherwise plodding third mystery featuring Primavera Blackstone (after 2010's Blood Red). Now the ex-honorary consul for Scotland in the idyllic Catalan village of St. Mart d'Empuri s, Blackstone has decided that rearing her 10-year-old son, Tom, should be her sole focus. Then two events disturb the placid routine of their quiet lives the arrivals in St. Mart of her nephew-by-marriage, Jonathan Sinclair, in town for a golf tournament, and of Patterson Cowling, a retired civil servant from the British Foreign Office who might be more than he seems. Bodies with unrecognizable faces start piling up, but, as usual, the lead's largely self-centered personality overshadows the crime solving. Readers unfamiliar with Blackstone's active libido may be shocked by her failure to observe appropriate social boundaries.