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No Bodies does it better

My apologies to Carly Simon for corrupting one of the best Bond theme tunes, but I’m feeling good about No Bodies, the second Kent Fisher novel. After the second edit, it’s shorter, sharper, and more rounded, I guess.

Three women have walked out on difficult marriages and disappeared. There’s no evidence of foul play and nothing to connect the women … until Kent discovers they all left their most valued
possessions behind.

While No Accident focused on Tombstone Adventure Park in the north of the Downland district, No Bodies remains faithful to the beautiful South Downs. When Kent does venture outside Downland in pursuit of a suspect, he gets more than he bargained for in Glastonbury.

He gets more than he can handle at home too when his stepmother moves in and starts to tidy the place. And as for her taste in men …

At least Columbo plays a much bigger part in the investigation.

As Kent’s investigation lasts about three weeks, I could incorporate more of his environmental health work and the characters in the Public Protection Team, originally created in Fisher’s Fables. The team plays a bigger role in No Bodies, especially when a four year old girl suffers kidney failure after an E. coli

While she fights for her life in hospital, suspicion falls on Kent’s animal sanctuary.

Suddenly, the investigator becomes the investigated.

In the UK, environmental health officers are probably best known for food hygiene inspections in restaurant kitchens. But we also investigate food poisoning cases like E. coli, which can kill vulnerable people. We enforce health and safety at work, which includes accident investigation. Some of those can be fatal.

The third novel, No Chance, will focus on an upmarket residential care home with some interesting staff and residents. With government spending cuts beginning to bite, Downland’s Public Protection and Pollution Control teams merge to save money.

With all the extra work involved in managing a new, bigger team, how will Kent find time to solve any suspicious deaths that come along?

But that’s what I love about integrating environmental and public health issues into the Kent Fisher mysteries. It makes them unique, I guess, and adds an extra dimension, along with plenty of humour, conflict and problems.

If you’d like to find out more about environmental health and enjoy a good chuckle, why not get a copy of my Case Files? They feature many of the amusing cases I tackled as a student environmental health officer. I’ll be adding more cases, so just enter your details below to sign up and claim your free copy of the Case Files.

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