Past crimes cause new murder in this tense and twisting psychological thriller A few days before the summer solstice a 92-year-old woman is found burned to death in her home. On the same day, a man’s mutilated corpse is discovered in a field, his arms ripped from their sockets, a Tarot card depicting The Fool inserted in his mouth. When the victim is identified as someone for whom the police have been looking for almost a year, detectives Anderson and Costello find themselves caught up in a case where nothing is as it seems. Was the dead man really responsible for three child murders? And what is the connection with the death of the elderly woman? The investigation leads to the tranquil shores of Loch Lomond where Anderson and Costello will finally uncover the shocking truth.
It has been close on five years since I last read a book by Caro Ramsay and I can’t for one minute figure out why it has taken me so long to pick another title up in the Anderson and Costello series, especially considering my enjoyment with this title. My first introduction to this rather intriguing coupling was with Dark Water, their third adventure and when I had the opportunity this week to take a look at the next in the series with The Tears of Angels I jumped at the chance.
It did take me a few chapters to find my feet with this book, there’s so much going on and a plethora of characters, both old and new, to reacquaint and discover, so many names in such a short space of time, witnesses, victims and police. Once I did, I found my footing and my pace never wavered, such is Ramsay’s storytelling and writing style.
The plot is intriguing and well thought out and developed. There are a number of shocks instore and more than a handful of brutal murders that will have you reeling! No one is safe and that’s what I like about an author who isn’t afraid to take risk and is not afraid to eliminate a character you think as a reader should run and run. The Tears of Angels isn’t all about our intrepid duo, Loch Lomond is a winner too and I lost count on the number of times I wanted to visit this part of the world while reading about murders and past crimes, Caro Ramsay certainly brought the area to life with an imaginative and compelling narrative.
As the story develops I was convinced I knew the truth, only to be shot down in flames at the end. I love books that do that to me, it doesn’t happen all that often but when it does, you know you’ve met your match!! Excellent writing, a great and complex plot and characters you both love and hate equally. I guess you can’t ask for more, maybe a return ticket to Scotland might help!
- Hardcover:256 pages
- Publisher:Severn House Publishers Ltd (29 May 2015)