What they say: The sun rises on a lush stone courtyard, where birds sing and ferns shade an ancient, burbling fountain. But in the fountain’s murky depths, a young woman’s body grows cold…
Samantha Seabrook – an ambitious young woman with a chequered past – is found drowned in the ornamental fountain of a locked Cambridge courtyard. The only clue is an antique silver chain wound tightly around her throat.
It’s local reporter Tara Thorpe’s job to discover what happened to Miss Seabrook – but the case becomes personal when she learns that Samantha had been receiving threatening messages… rather like the one that landed on the doorstep of Tara’s cottage the night the woman died.
Together with Detective Inspector Garstin Blake, Tara follows a lead that takes her to the deep and watery fens on the outskirts of the city. But there’s something Tara can’t quite admit to Blake about her past – and it could make all the difference to whether they crack the case before the killer strikes again.
If you love mysteries by Faith Martin, P.D. James and Agatha Christie, you won’t be able to put this series down!
The Tara Thorpe Mystery Series:
Book 1 – Murder on the Marshes
Book 2 – Death on the River
Book 3 – Death Comes to Call
Book 4 – Murder in the Fens
The review: My, how time flies!! I remember this book being everywhere in bloggerland and I kept saying how much I wanted to read it. Fast forward to now and there’s a number of books in this series and I’m gutted I’ve waited so long to get to it, a standout read that had me absolutely taken!
This is the story of Tara, a strong, fantastic lead who is being followed and threatened by a chilling figure who, now, has committed a murder, that of an academic who also seemed to have secrets of her own.
The setting in this book is a world onto itself and I was drawn in by descriptions that put me out there on a barren landscape that offered no protection to someone getting letters (and creepy dolls) that made my hair stand on end.
I loved DI Blake, who was struggling along trying to get his life together, and especially loved that Tara’s job (reporter) lent itself to her investigating at the same time as Blake.
Everything was so right with this book, and I loved the range of characters we came across, so many with grudges to bear, building to a great whodunnit. Very much enjoyed and can’t wait to get to the next in the series.