Author: Sam Blake
Published: May 2016 by Twenty7
Category: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Audiobook Review
Twenty-four-year-old Garda Cathy Connolly might be a fearless kick-boxing champion but when she discovers a baby’s bones concealed in the hem of a wedding dress, the case becomes personal.
Garda Cathy (Cat) Connolly is investigating a break in at the house of artist, Zoë Grant, following on the heels of the report of a man lurking in the garden the previous night.
As Cathy examined the clothes scattered around the bedroom she noticed a tear in what seemed to be a wedding dress. What she found concealed in the hem of the dress sparks an investigation that uncovers dark deeds and secrets lain dormant for decades.
Zoë’s grandmother and head of a worldwide retail group, Lavinia Grant, gave the dress to her granddaughter. Did she know about the bones? The police were unable to contact her by phone and when they arrived at the house, they found Lavinia Grant dead at the foot of the staircase. Coincidence…or something more sinister.
In London’s East End, while shopping in the local street market, occupational therapist Emily Cox witnesses a mugging. Mary, an elderly lady she knows, was in shock after having her bag snatched. It’s obvious to Emily that Mary is confused by her vague ramblings and Emily’s increasing concern sees her wanting to bring Mary into her home. Emily’s husband Tony, a consultant psychiatrist, isn’t convinced this is the best solution, even as he understands Emily’s need to nurture is a result of their childlessness.
‘Emily’s asked me here to meet you so that we can find a way of making you feel a bit better, Mary.’
Mary turned to him, her blue eyes puzzled, almost transparent silver-white eyebrows raised in question. ‘Better?’
‘Yes, Mary; Emily’s worried about you. She’s noticed you’ve been a bit distracted.’
‘Really?’ There was a long pause as the old lady gathered her thoughts. Then, speaking slowly and deliberately, she said, ‘Well, it’s very nice of you to come, but I’ve been waiting. Why did it take you so long?’