Pocket, Dec 2003, 6.99, 294 pp.
After ten years of working as a Royal Marine, Seth Mornay was mysteriously transferred to the local police force. After two years on the job, pressure was made to have him promoted to Detective Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation division (CID). This does not endear him to his former immediate superior Detective Inspector Walter Byrne who is angry that his former friend is now his boss.
When Ina Matthews is found murdered in the small graveyard in MacDuff, Scotland, Byrne and Mornay head up the inquiries. Mornay discovers that two years ago that Byrne investigated the case of the vicar's wife who, while pregnant committed suicide. His intuition, which never fails him, tells him the cases are linked. Ina's cousin Sarah is knocked unconscious and Ina's greenhouse is set on fire. Mornay feels like he is running out of time before the killer strikes again.
M.G. Kincaid's debut novel is a polished extremely well-written British police procedural filled with fully developed characters especially the anger and jealousy of Byrne. The audience is treated to a taste of what it is like to live in a small isolated Scottish village where families have resided for generations. The protagonist is an excellent police officer but there is more to him then meets the eye and hopefully readers will find out what it is in future books in this series.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner