9th March 2021.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Vera Stanhope series. I love the intricate plots, the depth and development of the main characters, especially Joe and Holly and the sheer tour de force that is Vera.
It’s all in evidence in this story, which revolves around an old murder that’s a little close to home due to the involvement of Vera’s father, Hector. He was one of four friends, involved in illegal activities. Disgraced former police officer John Brace is the second. Now languishing in prison, he’s prepared to reveal details of a third friend, missing presumed dead. But Brace wants Vera to help his daughter and grandchildren in return.
Only there are two bodies, not one, dumped in a culvert on the Northumbrian coast. Who is the second victim? Was she killed at the same time as the man? And who is the mysterious fourth friend, known only as the Prof?
As the investigation progresses, it’s clear that the victims had links to the Seagull, a former exclusive club on the Northumbrian coast.
It’s another complex case with plenty of twists and turns as Vera tries to make sense of the many threads until finally she weaves them together, leading to an exciting conclusion with a surprise ending.
If you like character driven crime fiction, populated by believable characters you will root for, and plots that are as intricate as they are original, then you should try this series.
When prison inmate and former police officer John Brace says he’s willing to give up information about a long-dead wheeler dealer in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims.
But opening up this cold case strikes much closer to home than Vera anticipates as her investigation takes her back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his friends used to congregate.
As Vera’s past collides dangerously with the present, she will have to confront her unwanted memories and face the possibility that her father was involved in what happened. The truth is about to come out but is Vera ready for what it will reveal?