Just a quick recap ~ Jack Brennan, a retired NYPD homicide Detective, relocated to the Cotswold village of Cherringham after his wife died and now lives on an old Dutch barge moored at Cherringham, with his dog Riley. Sarah Edwards, a web designer, returned to Cherringham from London with her two children when her husband left her for his boss. She now runs her own company.
Dead in the Water: A Cherringham Mystery (The Cherringham Novels Book 1)
Maddie Brookes and a group of her fellow teachers from Cherringham High are in the local pub after the school prom. Maddie is worried about Josh Owen, a popular teacher who is hoping to apply for the position of deputy head. As the evening wears on Josh seems confused and out of it. Deciding to check all was well on her way home, Maddie searches unsuccessfully for Josh, and then she discovers a body. The death is classed as an accident as the post mortem reveals a large quantity of drugs in the victim’s system.
Since Jack had left for LA quite suddenly a year ago, Sarah believed their part time sleuthing ventures were over. But it seems Cherringham High may have a drug problem. The school her children attend. Tony Standish, a solicitor and Sarah’s long standing friend, together with the recently appointed head, ask for her help.
Sarah is unsure about a lone investigation but she can’t stand by and not do anything when drugs are involved and, looking more than likely, at her children’s school. Fortunately, Jack makes a surprise return to tie up some loose ends and agrees to help Sarah for as long as he’s around.
Josh’s tragic death is beginning to look more like murder than an accident, and Jack and Sarah fall back into their investigative roles.
Dead In The Water is the first of two full length novels. Being a charming Cotswold village doesn’t prevent darkness creeping into Cherringham, as Sarah and Jack find out. As any fan of Midsomer Murders knows only too well, there’s no end to the nefarious deeds that occur in sleepy little villages.
Although these books are classed as The Cherringham Novels Books 1 and 2, they do fit in with the sequence of the novellas.