This week I’ve chosen “Into the shadows” by Shirley Wells for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in May of 2007 and was, for me, a 5* read.
Blurb from the author’s website:
When Rodney Hill, wrongly arrested for a series of murders, hangs himself, Jill Kennedy, the forensic psychologist whose profile led to Hill’s arrest, gives up her work with the police and moves to the peaceful village of Kelton Bridge to write self-help books, enjoy a quiet life with her cats and perhaps an occasional flutter on the horses.
Then the likeable but unremarkable vicar’s wife, Alice Trueman, is brutally murdered, and Jill discovers that Kelton Bridge is far from the quiet refuge she had anticipated. According to DCI Max Trentham, Jill’s ex-colleague and ex-lover, the case if pretty cut and dried — Alice’s son was found standing over her body with the murder weapon in his hand. But he won’t talk.
And that’s not all. Someone is intent on reminding Jill that she made a mistake in the Rodney Hill case. Is it a malicious joke, or is there a more deadly agenda? It begins to look as if real killer — the man who should have stood in Rodney Hill’s shoes, the man still terrorizing the Lancashire Pennines — is stalking her. And that is a truly terrifying thought.
There is nothing quite like the pleasure of discovering a new author whose writing really grips you from the beginning. Finding out that this delightful mystery was the first in the Jill Kennedy/Max Trentham series was a bonus.
“Into the shadows” did not dwell on the gory side of the forensic details, so it should appeal to those who normally shy away from forensic novels for that reason.
Jill Kennedy has ‘retired’ from her job as a police forensic criminal profiler. She has bought a cottage in the country where she intends to write of her past experiences. Of course, her job follows her when the serial killer whose case she had worked on before, continues his evil killing spree. Her ex-lover, Max Trentham is back on the scene as well, working on a double murder case in her new village.
Jill lives alone with 3 cats for company. However, she realizes the value of becoming part of her new community and attempts to make friends…. but could one of her new ‘friends’ be a cold-blooded killer? Although the murder case and the serial killer case do play a large part in the novel, it is one that is mainly character driven. Jill, Max and all of the village characters are well rounded and I found I want to visit them again and again.
Well done Shirley Wells!
Oh, and that cover….. gorgeous!
Shirley Wells is a dog lover who was born and raised in the Cotswolds and after time spent living in Cyprus and on the idyllic island of Hoy in the Orkneys, she now lives in the beautiful rolling hills of the east Lancashire Pennines. It’s no surprise then that her mystery novels are set in the area.