After their success in their last investigation, DCI David Stone has been promoted and moved to the Murder Investigation Team, taking DS Frankie Oliver with him. But there’s a catch: the case they are given is the latest in a series of undetected murders. It’s a baptism of fire for MIT’s newest recruits.
In the incident room, the murder wall makes grim reading: three women have been killed within the past year and nothing links the crimes: no day of the week, geographical area, similarity between victims and, most importantly, no forensic evidence.
Joanna Cosgrove is the latest victim, her body discovered fully clothed close to a railway line on the south side of the river in the Tyne Valley. The MO is the same as the other three, but the words ‘serial killer’ are not welcome in Northumbria force.
And the manner in which she was killed is too close to home for Frankie…
A great addition to the new series featuring Stone and Oliver- with a beautifully twisted mystery and some more intriguing character development for our pair.
The Insider is a highly engaging highly readable procedural with a huge dose of authenticity and that elusive page turning quality that makes you bang through a book in record time. The mystery element is clever and plays into the psyche of both main protagonists, seamlessly weaving in their own experience and hidden history.
The Insider builds on the first book and makes you look forward to more from Stone and Oliver- the writing is beautifully immersive and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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