Sometimes murder is only the beginning...
Murder follows Oz Blackstone to Spain in On Honeymoon with Death, Quintin Jardine's gripping mystery. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.
'Jardine manages to combine the picturesque with the thrilling and the dream-like with the coldly rational' - The Times
Returning to L'Escala, the idyllic Spanish village where they were once so happy, Oz Blackstone and Primavera Phillips are looking to forget the past. But old ghosts are not so easy to placate, and the shadow of Oz's childhood sweetheart Jan, now tragically dead, is threatening to turn their relationship into a seething cauldron of recrimination. Until a body turns up face down in the swimming pool of their new villa, and suddenly they are very much back in the harness again. Faced with the indifference of the local police, Oz and Prim are forced to investigate the murder themselves, and soon they begin to uncover a nest of vipers beneath L'Escala's sunny exterior...
What readers are saying about On Honeymoon with Death:
'An intricately woven plot set in [a] beautiful landscape... one of his best books'
'Another great read with so many twists and turns... So difficult to put down once you start'
Scottish author Jardine (Screen Savers, etc.) offers plenty of foul language, treachery and carnal intrigue in this rambling novel, his fifth to feature Glaswegian Osbert "Oz" Blackstone. Oz returns to Spain's Costa Brava with his second wife, Primavera "Prim" Phillips, to resume the idyllic life they had before he left her to marry his childhood sweetheart, Jan, who's now dead. Oz's lottery winnings and budding movie career allow him to buy a fully furnished villa, complete with a swimming pool and a shoddy Russian-make car in the garage. When the pool is uncovered and drained, there's a body at the bottom, perhaps that of the previous owner. Smuggling and money laundering from traffic in white slaves lead to more corpses and violence. Family quarrels and recriminations alternate with descriptions of life among British expats in Catalan country, and their not always easy interactions with the locals. Most of the detection, however, occurs in the book's final chapters, after Oz discovers that Prim has had several casual and serious affairs in his absence. To even the score, Oz welcomes the advances of two lusty beauties while Prim is away. Readers fond of virile Scottish heroes may be the only ones not metaphorically twiddling their thumbs through the long character analyses that precede the book's wife-swapping denouement, which takes place, fittingly enough, in the conjugal bed. FYI:Jardine is also the author ofThursday Legends (Forecasts, Aug. 6, 2001) and other titles in his mystery series featuring Edinburgh constable Bob Skinner.