18th May 2021.
In the seventh book in the series, Tom Mariner, now acting Detective Chief Inspector, has a lot going on in his personal life. It means he needs to keep to a strict timetable and rely on help to look after autistic Jamie. At work, he’s got a new team around him as Millie’s on maternity leave and Tony Knox on a separate enquiry.
When the daughter of a prominent local politician goes missing, it looks like she’s run away from her parents. There’s no evidence of foul play and a reconstruction generates no leads. When her laundered and neatly pressed clothes arrive in a parcel at the station, everything changes. Within days, another set of clothes indicate another abducted woman.
When a local nurse goes missing, the hospital comes under close scrutiny as the detectives await another clothes parcel. But it never arrives, leaving them confused and struggling to make headway with the investigation.
It’s a complicated investigation that runs down several cul de sacs before a further death provides focus and an explanation for the crimes. Only Tom Mariner isn’t convinced and makes a sudden breakthrough to solve the crimes and apprehend the killer at the eleventh hour.
Missing Lies lacks the spark and focus of previous books in the series, perhaps because there’s so much time given to life outside the investigation. While Millie and Tony have peripheral roles in the investigation, the main plot feels hurried at the end.
18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work. Amazingly, not a single witness comes forward. But Detective Tom Mariner suspects that she ran away from her overbearing, rich father.
A PACKAGE ARRIVES AT THE POLICE STATION. IT CONTAINS GRACE’S CLOTHES, NEATLY FOLDED AND CLEANED.
Then another woman disappears. And a disturbing pattern begins to emerge.
WHO IS TAKING THEM?
Detective Mariner must track down a suspected serial killer in his toughest, and strangest, case yet, with a conclusion that will have you gasping.