Paradise takes a deadly fall...
Primavera Blackstone becomes the prime suspect in Blood Red, the second breath-taking novel in the brilliant series by bestselling Scottish crime writer Quintin Jardine. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
Primavera is enjoying the quiet life in an idyllic village on the Catalan coast of Spain. The attractive single mother and eight-year-old Tom, son of the late and still lamented Oz Blackstone, are popular figures in the tiny community. But her close friendship with the parish priest has eyebrows rising and tongues wagging. Then a dispute explodes with a powerful councillor who refuses to allow the village wine fair to go ahead. When his body is found, head caved in, some ominous questions are asked...
What readers are saying about Blood Red:
'Extremely well written and very entertaining'
'[Quintin Jardine] keeps [this book] interesting right to the very end and as usual there is an unforeseen twist that catches you out right at the finish'
Primavera Blackstone, the heroine of Jardine's crime thriller series set on the Catalan coast, mostly wrestles with her carnal attraction to Gerard Rivera, a local priest, in her middling second outing (after Inhuman Remains). When a fellow British ex-pat asks Primavera to organize a wine fair, despite opposition from Jos -Luis Planas Ros, a key member of the town council of L'Escala, she seeks out Planas and buys his support for the event. Soon afterward, Planas dies, apparently from a heart attack that causes him to fall over his garden wall to a rockery below. Primavera gets involved in what becomes a murder case, stumbling on the truth in the end. The self-absorbed lead and forgettable prose ("Life is like a round of golf. If you drop a shot at one hole, you do your damnedest to get it back at the next") don't help a plot line more likely to appeal to romance readers than to fans of the author's sometimes grimly realistic Bob Skinner series (Fatal Last Words, etc.).