A long derelict World War II bomb site is about to be re-developed in Berebury. The workmen digging foundations uncover a skeleton which necessitates the involvement of Inspector Sloan and DC Crosby. It may or may not be a victim of the bombing but when the post mortem uncovers a bullet they realise they have a murder case on their hands.
At first it seems that their best efforts are not going to be rewarded with any degree of success but then the local doctor is attacked returning from a night call and then one of the people interviewed by Sloan and Crosby is found dead in the same place as the skeleton.
This is an interesting story in which events from the past are reflected in the present. The story is well plotted with believable characters and some entertaining dialogue. The relationship between Sloan and Crosby is as ever uneasy but Crosby occasionally comes up with some good ideas which cause his superior to stop and think.
Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 July 1988
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- Publisher : Chivers Audio Books; Abridged edition (1 July 1988)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0745157068
- ISBN-13 : 978-0745157061
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.18 x 23.5 cm
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Huh?Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2019
This is the second Inspector Sloan book that I have read. The first was very good, hence me reading this one. This story seems confused, obsessed with stories of the war and its effect on the residents of the town. I still have no idea how he worked out who the killer was or why he did it. A very unsatisfactory story.
Intriguing Plot.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2020
It’s a well written book with enough parallel plot to maintain interest. The red herrings are well distributed and the characters are a nice mix of sympathetic and nasty. My only reservation is that it ravels up too quickly. I would have preferred a clearer denouement.
easy readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2017
a simple tale, sometimes felt a little wooden, but a nice easy read