1st August 2021.
The death of a homeless person in remote woodland proves difficult to investigate for DCI Sophie Allen and her team. It’s a bit of a slog until documents surface which reveal a connection to a community that once lived in the Quantock Hills of Somerset a decade earlier. The investigation comes to life as the main characters and relationships within that community become suspects.
Like all the previous books in the series, Sophie Allen and her team are engaging characters. The relationships, banter and humour lift the stories, providing a strong, positive counterpoint to the murders investigated.
While not as dramatic as some of the previous novels, it’s still an intriguing plot that shines a light on what can happen when people closet themselves away from mainstream society in pursuit of ideals.
While the novel can be read on its own, to get the full benefit of the characters and backstory, it’s worth starting with the first in the series.
Detective Sophie Allen’s daughter discovers the body of a reclusive tramp in remote woodland in Dorset. He’s been dead for a week.
Sophie and her team try to piece together something about his life, but progress is slow.
NO ONE IS QUITE WHAT THEY SEEM.
Then a hidden package is discovered near his rudimentary shelter. The police also find out that someone has been in the area asking about the tramp recently. A picture begins to emerge.
He was an important member of a commune that had a three-year existence on a farm on the Quantock Hills in Somerset more than decade earlier.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COMMUNE AND WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL DYING BECAUSE OF IT?