ASIN #: B00AKHVIRM
File Size: 1056 KB
Page Count: 314
Copyright: November 30, 2012
Publisher: Independent Publisher; First Edition
(Taken from Amazon)
Detective Inspector, Mick Chandra of New Scotland Yard, struggles to link the murder of the young wife of a popular British Member of Parliament to the seemingly random death by drowning in a north London canal of 8-year-old Josie Stephens. The forensic pathologist discovers that Josie was abused before she was murdered. Mick is informed by a Quaker Friend who knew Phoebe that she, too, may have been physically abused. Mick realizes he is getting close to the fire when his live-in love, American expatriate and renowned England-based concert pianist, Jessica Beaumont, is suddenly harassed. During a concert, someone even takes a shot at her. Seconded to the Yard's Pedophile Unit, Mick and his partner, Sergeant Elizabeth Chang, receive help in breaking the case. The Unit's chief informs Mick that a notorious pedophile ring is working out of north London, headed by someone who calls himself The Erlking. Day by day, more children are reported missing in north London. How is this linked to Phoebe's death? What is the connection between Phoebe and Josie? As Mick struggles to expose the identity of The Erlking, help arrives from a most unexpected source.
This is the second Mick Chandra mystery that I have read, and I enjoyed this one just as much, if not more, than the first. Although this one deals with the dark subject matter of pedophilia, the mystery is engaging, the characters vivid and the action flows nicely. Yount does a nice job of setting up some red herrings throughout the novel, leading us down paths where we think one destination awaits us, only to find we are somewhere else entirely.
Although you get to know Mick and Jessica more in the first mystery, A Death in C Minor, I think a first-time reader could probably pick this up and follow along. You don't get to know Jessica as well in this book as you did in C Minor. This one is more about Mick and his friend Jaime Geller. A new character, Ethan Pidnar, also plays an important role in the book. I wounder if Ethan will be around for the next installment?
Regardless, I am hooked on this series, and anxiously await book three to see what kind of mystery Mick needs to solve next. I recommend you get on board, as well, especially if you love mysteries!
*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author's publicist in exchange for an honest review.
*As a side note: The third Mick Chandra book, The Ravenhoe Cauldron, will be released June 30, 2013!
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