No Past Forgiven by Valerie Keogh
21st October 2020.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, featuring Dublin detective sergeant Mike West and Edel Johnson. This book follows on, with the first third focusing on the stumbling relationship between the two. When West books a romantic holiday in a lighthouse on a remote island off the west coast, he’s greeted by a strange murder and a lack of available detectives to investigate it.
From this point, the story follows a more conventional murder mystery route with plenty of suspects and red herrings before the detective finally finds the key to unlock the case.
The writing is good, the characters well drawn and believable and the murder investigation throws up some interesting suspects and moments to challenge the relationship between Mike and Edel.
I think this is best read after the previous two books so that you understand the characters and relationships. If approached as a standalone, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a romance story with a murder rather than crime fiction.
Crime and criminals keep getting in the way of Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West’s personal life.
The woman he loves is living in his house, in his spare bedroom. It should be simple, but it isn’t. He has a solution. A romantic weekend away, in a lighthouse on Clare Island.
A stunning place, a beautiful woman. What could be more perfect?
When one of the islanders dies in a bizarre and a tragic accident, West is roped in to help. But it isn’t an accident, and there is more than one suspect.
There’s also more than one secret. Can West solve the case before someone else dies?
Tags: Crime fiction, Murder mystery