The Snowdonia Killings by Simon McCleave


The Snowdonia Killings by Simon McCleave

17th April 2021.

Detective Inspector Ruth Hunter leaves the Metropolitan Police in London for a quieter life in beautiful North Wales, only to find herself thrown into a murder investigation on her first day. The novel focuses on her and her detective sergeant, Nick, who’s an alcoholic, as they struggle to identify a killer who kills the deputy head of a local school.

The story moves along at a steady pace, with the plot swinging one way then another as they identify and dismiss one suspect after another. With secret relationships, racism and jealousy in the mix, there are plenty of motives and suspects. The detectives still struggle to find the evidence that will give them a break after the headmaster of the school is murdered.

While the story had all the right elements, it never felt tense or exciting as the detectives seemed to work their way through one suspect after another without any real direction to the investigation.


Starting a new life in Snowdonia was always DI Ruth Hunter’s dream. Until a twisted killer turned it into her worst nightmare.

Detective Inspector Ruth Hunter lives with the pain of her partner’s mysterious and unsolved disappearance. About to hit fifty, the veteran police officer trades in the crime-ridden streets of London for a more peaceful life in rural North Wales. But Ruth has barely settled into her new position in North Wales Police, when the body of a brutally murdered woman is discovered…with strange symbols carved into her skin. Teaming up with an obstinate deputy, Ruth struggles to eliminate anyone from a long line of suspects. When another slain victim is discovered with the same cryptic markings, she’s forced to re-think the investigation.

Has Ruth got what it takes to solve the case before the murderer attacks again?

The Snowdonia Killings by Simon McCleave

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