Author: William Shaw
Published: May 2018 by riverrun
Category: Crime Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Book Review
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.
If you read The Birdwatcher you’ll be familiar with DS Alexandra Cupidi, who moved from the Met in London to Kent Serious Crime Directorate.
She and her teenage daughter, Zoë live in Dungeness where once again the stark but atmospheric location is a stand out feature. Zoë is having trouble adjusting to the move, uncommunicative and prone to disappearing to the fens without warning. She and her mother don’t have the best of relationships and often clash, a bit like Alex and her mother. A case of like mother like daughter perhaps. Alex isn’t popular with many of her colleagues due to events that played out in The Birdwatcher. (I’m still hoping William South will feature further down the line)
The body of a woman has been found trapped in a culvert near Salt Lane. It had been there a while and with no obvious cause of death and no-one matching her description listed as missing, it was dental records and a GP that confirmed the victim’s identity as Hilary Keen. Yet someone who said she was Hilary Keen visited her son Julian, the previous evening. So which woman is actually Hilary Keen?
Then another body is discovered in a slurry tank. The man was thought to have been hiding at the farm, and could possibly be a migrant worker.
Hay prickled Cupidi’s hands and knees. The tunnel, made by arranging the bales, was just deep and wide enough for a man to sleep in. ‘So you think the victim might have been whoever stayed here?’
‘Just a guess. He never came back for his belongings, that’s for sure.’