crime · Detective · mystery · paranormal · suspense

Wychwood – George Mann ★★★★★

Blurb; Elspeth May, a young female journalist who never seems to be in the right place at the right time, suddenly gets her big break only to find that no one will ever believe her story.

When a local woman is found murdered in her own home, slashed viciously across the throat, the police begin a manhunt of the surrounding villages, unsure exactly of who or what they are looking for. Elspeth, accidentally first on the scene, finds her interest piqued, and sets out to investigate the details surrounding the crime. In doing so she finds herself constantly battling against Peter Shaw, a police sergeant working on the case and under suspicion due to a terrible incident that occurred during a previous investigation. More murders follow, each of them adopting a similar pattern.

What links the victims? And why are some of the local people trying to cover things up?”

My Review; Elspeth is returning to her mothers home and as soon as she arrives something is not right, police and emergency services are blocking off her mothers road and this is just where it begins. You’re drawn in from the first page and then you’ve got to buckle up for a roller coaster of a ride ahead.

I actually devoured this book in a day. I picked this one up from my library (before lockdown) purely for the cover, isn’t it gorgeous but simple? Anyway…

The reporter routes within Elspeth has to go take a look at the crime scene behind her house and while there she bumps into an old friend Peter now a detective and doesn’t expect to see what she has just seen and is told to leave. Again… This is just the beginning. Elspeth soon finds herself dragged along with this case beside Peter and she even conducts her own research into what she saw.

Research leads to an old myth/legend that seems to be coming true within the town and with more deaths due they need to catch the killer quick. Elspeth shocks me with how right she gets her research, she’s clever, bold and brave. She knows what’s she doing. It all finishes with a heartbreaking ending, but I was hooked from start to finish and cannot wait to see what happens in book two for Elspeth and Peter. A well deserved five stars from me. Brilliant, page turner of a read I couldn’t put down. Highly recommend.

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