A snowstorm in a quiet English village ends in death in this “skillfully plotted” mystery starring the beloved Detective Inspector Thanet (Publishers Weekly).
Over the last year, Superintendent Draco has turned the little police station at Sturrenden upside down. A hard-driving, fiery Welshman, he has breathed new life into a stagnant police force, and Det. Inspector Luke Thanet has been forced to admit that even if he’s difficult to work with, Draco gets results. But when a body is found in the little village of Sutton-in-the-Weald the morning after a heavy snowstorm, Draco insists on overseeing the investigation—which means finding the killer won’t be Thanet’s only problem.
Leo Martindale returned to Sutton-in-the-Weald after twenty years to claim his inheritance. Two days later, he’s dead. Was the death an accident, a hit and run caused by icy roads—or was it murder? Thanet will have to ignore his boss breathing down his neck to find out the truth.
When it comes to mixing elements of the traditional English murder mystery with the thrills of a modern police procedural, no one does it better than CWA Silver Dagger winner Dorothy Simpson.
Dead by Morning is the 9th book in the Inspector Thanet Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Simpson's ( Suspicious Death ) mastery of the police procedural will again dazzle devotees as she sends Inspector Luke Thanet of Sturrenden CID out on his ninth investigation. After an absence of more than 20 years, Leo Martindale returns to his ancestral estate, Longford Hall, to claim his inheritance, only to find that his sister and her husband have converted his home to a country hotel. Two days later, Martindale is found dead in a snow-covered ditch, apparently a hit-and-run victim. Clues suggesting murder lead Inspector Thanet to the Longford estate, where he compiles a list of suspects, all with reason for wishing Martindale dead, and, more importantly, all with opportunity to kill him. While struggling with a web of dark, twisting secrets, Thanet must cope simultaneously with his teenaged daughter Bridget and with his new superior. Skillfully plotted, replete with vivid characters, this mystery is a page turner to the end. Yet once more it's the likable and humane Inspector, and the glimpse into his family life, that gives the novel its rewarding texture. Simpson gets better and better. Mysterious Book Club selection; BOMC alternate.