Martha Gunn, Coroner, becomes involved in a case in which a corpse appears from a flooded cellar when the River Severn floods Shrewsbury. The peaceful town isn't used to murder and when another violent death happens shortly afterwards it seems irresistible to assume that the two are connected though at first the police, in the shape of DI Alex Randall, cannot see that the two men could have known each other.
I found this compelling reading and I had to keep on until I finished it. I like Martha Gunn as a character and the way she battles for justice for the dead, even venturing into a bit of detection work herself - strictly against the rules. While endeavouring to do her demanding job to the best of her ability, Martha is bringing up her twins alone following the early death of her husband. She is developing a friendship with Alex Randall and he is starting to rely on her as a sounding board and as a source of good ideas.
This is the first book in the series featuring Martha Gunn and Alex Randall. If you like your crime with a well-constructed plot and well-drawn characters then this may be the series for you.
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 July 2009|
|Publisher||W. F. Howes Ltd|
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River DeepReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2014
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Glaring procedural error gives the plot awayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 January 2016
River Deep will appeal to readers who like a good, cozy mystery but are not overly familiar with procedure because the plot hinges on a blatant procedural error any seasoned crime fiction reader will recognise and then guess most of the plot, as I did. This is a shame as the plot, although not new, is quite Machiavellian. However, having guessed very early on what was happening, I didn't particularly enjoy it as found myself continually thinking "why didn't they ...?" (no spoilers). Otherwise it is well written and plotted.
Four StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2018
Brilliant debut for Martha Gunn - thoroughly enjoyed reading this ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 December 2014
Brilliant debut for Martha Gunn - thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - looking forward to the rest in the series.