Inspector James Given is sent to re-investigate a supposed murder-and-double-suicide when the public complains that it wasn't looked into properly - but though he gradually comes to realise that it can't have happened the way that was originally supposed, finding the actual killer or killers and proof to convict is difficult. To complicate things further, his family is facing difficulties that lead to additional unauthorised contact with a witness, and one of the suspects is the girl he had hoped to marry, before she disappeared some years earlier... Will he find the killer(s) in time?
Clean and well-written, not overly gory despite the several dead bodies, this captured my interest relatively early on and held it. Having said that, I mostly guessed the solution long before the end, though without the details that transpired. Overall, on the darker side of things - I found it interesting but didn't love it, and would probably consider reading the sequel if it came my way, though I wouldn't search it out.
Note that I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review.
This novel has the air of an early Midsomer Murders TV series set in the late 1930s. The story not only has a number of dead bodies and a village full of suspects, but also covers some of the political issues of the time just preceding WWII, including the rise Hitler, the resultant antisemitism and the far reaching effects this had across Europe. An enjoyable read. Thanks to Sapere Books and the author for the ARC.