Author: Rachel Amphlett
Published: March 2020 by Saxon Publishing
Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review
None the Wiser is the first book in a new murder mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett.
What if some secrets were never meant to stay buried?
When a parish priest is brutally murdered in cold blood, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.
New to the Vale of the White Horse, Detective Sergeant Mark Turpin discovers the murder bears the hallmark of a vicious killer who shows no remorse for his victim, and leaves no trace behind.
As Father Seamus Carter tries to find a semblance of calm through prayer, guilt and disgust eat away at him. As he struggled to write his sermon, he wondered if sharing his own weaknesses would be punishment enough. The events of the previous week had reopened an old wound and he is a frightened man. He has cause to be…he doesn’t know it but these are his final few moments.
Seamus blinked, his trance-like state leaving him as soon as he moved away from the altar.
Despite his efforts, the self-loathing remained, and he scowled.
It wasn’t meant to be like this.
Detective Sergeant Mark Turpin, new to the Oxfordshire area, is on a sabbatical after being injured in a previous case. He’s not expecting to start work for another week, but is called in early when a murder occurs. A priest has been brutally killed while working in his office at the village church. Mark and his new partner, Detective Constable Jan West attend the crime scene. With no sign of forced entry and no clues left at the scene, the motive for such a vicious murder is unclear.
The pairing of Mark and Jan is a good one and, although initially it’s not all plain sailing, they begin to recognise each other’s strengths. Mark had his reservations about the transfer but his new team seems to be strong and friendly without being too intrusive. There’s a story behind Mark’s transfer and one he’d prefer not to talk about. He’s a likeable character, friendly and sincere, with good insight and understanding. Jan juggles work and family life very realistically and is also a credible character.
The brutality of Seamus’ death worries Mark. Who would want to kill a priest at all, never mind in that way? As the investigation begins to gain some momentum there is news of another priest murdered in a nearby parish causing shock and fear throughout the local community. And as things progress further, dark and sinister secrets begin to surface although no-one is talking regardless of the risks. It’s a race against time for Mark and Jan before another victim falls foul of the killer.
None The Wiser is an excellent start to a new series. The gripping opening chapter hooked me in immediately. Written and paced well with unexpected twists, there are any number of suspects which keeps the suspense high through to the conclusion. The story threads are brought together smoothly and as the why becomes clearer, the who is never obvious.
I chose to read and review None The Wiser based on a digital copy kindly supplied by the author.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Detective Kay Hunter British murder mystery series, the Dan Taylor spy novels, the English Assassins series, and a number of standalone crime thrillers.
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