Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones.
The village pub, The Dragon’s Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds.
The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he’s just two days away from retirement.
However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .
I was intrigued by the blurb for this book and I have to say within the first few pages I was hooked!
I loved the layout of this story and the chapters and page breaks for the different characters so I got to see their thoughts, I really enjoy that style of book as I feel that the plot can be kept punchy and it keeps you guessing until the end when the different plot lines and angles all come together.
I thought that the characters were excellent, they were very well developed, worked incredibly well together and they helped the story flow brilliantly. The story does have a lot of characters but the author doesn’t confuse the story and I thought it was really easy to follow. I thought the ending was excellent and the whole thing was very well executed.
Five stars from me, a thrilling and entertaining read, well written with a gripping plot and excellent characters – very highly recommended!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This is the 13th novel from Cathy Ace. Her criminal psychologist, overindulgent-foodie sleuth, Cait Morgan, has stumbled upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue, Golden Nose, Diamond Hand, Garnet Face, an Emerald Thumb, Platinum Hair and Ruby Lips during her globetrotting.
Ace’s WISE Enquiries Agency series features four softly-boiled female PIs who solve quintessentially British cases from their stately home-based office in rural Wales, where Cathy was born and raised.
Shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award for Best Light Mystery by a Canadian three times in four years, winning in 2015, she was also shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story in 2017.
Author website: http://www.cathyace.com/