5/5 stars. This is top drawer crime writing, based on strong, likeable characters you will root for.
After the heart-stopping finale to the previous novel, it was always going to be a difficult story to follow. But Kay Hunter’s back at work, despite a few problems, dealing with the fallout that’s left her boss, Devon Sharp suspended and under investigation.
Acting up in his absence, she’s bored with shuffling paper and organising the team. Then she takes an interest in a cold case that may hold the key to her boss’s future. It may also be her undoing due to the personal involvement Sharp has with the case.
With memories vague and progress slow, the investigation is a credit to Kay’s determination as she chips away at the witnesses, uncovering little fragments of information that begin to cast doubt on the original verdict.
As the details fall into place, the pace picks up to a satisfying climax that offers surprise rather than the nail biting tension and action of the previous novel.
I love Kay’s determination and the way she’s grounded by her marriage to vet, Adam, who provides solid support and various animals that he looks after at home. In this case, it’s Rufus, the German Shepherd, who prompts one of the most moving scenes in the book.
If you haven’t read any of the Kay Hunter novels, please start with the first to get maximum enjoyment from the way the characters develop over the series as this is top drawer crime writing, based on strong, likeable characters you will root for.
Loyalty has a price.
Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.
Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.
Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.
But as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.
Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…
Call to Arms is a gripping police procedural, and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series.