Sunday, February 8, 2015

Green and Pleasant Land: A Fran Harman mystery by Judith Cutler

Fran and her husband are both retired.  When one of her husband's associates asks them to come back to work temporarily to work on a cold case, they decide it will be like a vacation in the country with some work to do.  That's not so...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st, so keep an eye out for it then.  This is the sixth book in this series so you could grab a few others to read while you wait.

They are not welcomed into police quarters.  They don't even have a space set up for them to work in.  They're told there is no budget.  It's obvious the new man in charge doesn't want them.  (The one that hired them has been retired early.)  But they've been contracted to work so he gives them broken down furniture and tries to ignore them.  When they ask for staffing, they're told they can have some volunteers.  Part of those who volunteer get up and walk out at the first meeting.

If it wasn't obvious they weren't wanted at work, someone floods the cottage they're living in.  From there, the threats get more serious.

It all seems a bit odd.  There's a missing woman and her son, the other young son dead in the abandoned vehicle, and no sign of where they went.  There are no bodies, either.  This was twenty years ago, so much knowledge has already been lost.  What isn't lost is denied them.  And the further they search, the more certain they are that the police are involved with the disappearance.

I like this couple's investigative techniques and the way their shared knowledge leads them to new conclusions.  They make a great team for work and a great couple, too.  I enjoy reading this series.

The countryside may be green and beautiful but there's evil living in the village.  And they have to prove it.

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