Publication Date: May 3rd from Quercus
Source: Review Copy
A murdered migrant is the first big case for the embattled DS Alexandra Cupidi in a new series by the acclaimed author of The Birdwatcher
No-one knew their names, the bodies found in the water. There are people here, in plain sight, that no-one ever notices at all.
DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut, after the scandal that sent her packing – resentful teenager in tow – from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Even murder looks different in this landscape of fens, ditches and stark beaches, shadowed by the towers of Dungeness power station. Murder looks a lot less pretty.
The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask – but these people are suspicious of questions.
It will take an understanding of this strange place – its old ways and new crimes – to uncover the dark conspiracy behind the murder. Cupidi is not afraid to travel that road. But she should be. She should, by now, have learnt.
Wonderful. Great writing, great location, great protagonist, brilliant characters and a socially relevant and emotionally resonant plot. All the ticks in all the boxes. Loved it.
Cupidi is a brilliantly layered, darkly intriguing character, the settings are beautifully described so you are right there along with her. I loved her up and down relationship with her daughter and her struggle to fit in – alongside her rather eclectic approach to solving a horrific murder.
The plotting is excellent – quietly observant and often unexpected, the mystery element is cleverly achieved whilst the surroundings, the sense of community is all woven into the picture to give an addictive and honestly riveting reading experience.
There is literally nothing not to love here. I’m extraordinarily pleased that this is the start of a new series, I have no doubt I’ll be following along avidly.
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