The girl's body lay on the riverbank, her arms outflung. Her blonde hair lay in matted clumps, shockingly pale against the muddy bank. Her face was like a porcelain sculpture that had been broken and glued back together: grey cracks were visible under the white sheen of her dead skin. Her lips were so blue they could have been traced in ink.
When the body of troubled teenager Elodie Duncan is pulled from the river in Abbeyford, the case is at first assumed to be a straightforward suicide. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman is shocked to discover that she'd met the victim the night before her death, introduced by Kate's younger brother Jay. As the case develops, it becomes clear that Elodie was murdered. A talented young musician, Elodie had been keeping some strange company and was hiding her own dark secrets.
As the list of suspects begin to grow, so do the questions. What is the significance of the painting Elodie modelled for? Who is the man who was seen with her on the night of her death? Is there any connection with another student's death at the exclusive musical college that Elodie attended?
As Kate and her partner Detective Sergeant Mark Olbeck attempt to unravel the mystery, the dark undercurrents of the case threaten those whom Kate holds most dear…
Requiem (A Kate Redman mystery) is the second in the bestselling Kate Redman Mysteries series, from crime writer Celina Grace, author of Hushabye (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 1), Lost Girls and The House on Fever Street.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Indie author Celina Grace starts her second Kate Redman novel with a grisly discovery on a riverbank: the body of a wild-eyed and enchanting 18-year-old violinist named Elodie Duncan. Grace’s spare and concise writing pulls you in with powerful imagery, three-dimensional characters and true-to-life dialogue. We were as taken by Detective Sergeant Redman’s relationships with her troubled family and trusted colleagues as we were shocked by Requiem’s sordidly twisted tale.
Kate’s brother is an artist, giving her his latest one, of a girl laying in the river mud. Wanting to celebrate Kate moving into her house, and to hear the model, which also happens to be a great singer. The next day, a murder, which shocks Kate, the scene, and person is of her painting. Should she say anything about the painting, Jay didn’t come back and sleep at her place. Notifying parents, the girl had been different,argumentative the last few months. This case takes a turn that catches so many people.People guilty of a love that was wrong, of jealousy, scars from their past. Young, feeling unloved, their story will touch the readers.
“Requiem” by Celina Grace is one
of those mysteries that this reader
could not put down. After Kate,
Mark and the entire team interview many people involved
in the murder victim’s life, the only
missing piece of the puzzle is real
evidence-that invisible ‘instinctive
thing’ that Kate senses is just
below the surface or on the screen. One piece of evidence
leads to the next, with nothing
but the cleverest ‘copper’ minds
putting everything together.
Just when the reader agrees with
the actions of certain characters,
other great minds put all the
‘seedy’ information together and
SURPRISE-the real truth is revealed! Thanks to Celina Grace
for creating another unforgettable
mystery!!—Jan Farrell Repath
This was a good, quick read. Kept me interested but didn't drag on endlessly.