Struggling with his demotion back to DI and his concern for the grieving DS Andrea Fletcher, Jim Carruthers is thrown in at the deep end when the body of an old man is discovered stabbed to death in a nature reserve- a ball of cloth rammed into the back of the victim’s throat. The only suspect is a fifteen-year-old neighbour who is known to the police for antisocial behaviour. But the teenager has an alibi.
When a second elderly man is also found dead at the same locale, with the same MO, Carruthers starts to wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands.
On discovering that the first victim, Ruiridh Fraser, has an estranged son living in Iceland, Carruthers flies out to interview the man, now convinced that the reason behind Fraser’s death lies in his past.
But what does the disappearance of a twelve year old boy forty years before, the brutal murder of a former journalist and a bitter local dispute about a nature reserve, have to do with the investigation?
Can Carruthers and Fletcher solve the case while battling their own demons?
And are they hunting for one killer or more?
I just had to take part in this blog tour as I thoroughly enjoyed her first book! Care to Die is the second book in the Inspector Jim Carruthers series, I would highly recommend you read these in order as this book does relate back in parts to what happened in the first story. I will start by saying it has a lovely cover, is written well and easy to read! I felt welcomed back and among familiar faces when I returned to this team, I enjoyed every minute of this book and hoping there may a third? (PLEASE TANA). I would highly recommend this story to you all and the series as a whole, both books have received well deserved five stars from myself. Brilliant story. Will you be able to solve it all before the team do? I must admit I didn’t, I hadn’t even any idea. I loved how all the characters had to solve the case while battling their own individual problems make it a bit more real life. Really loved it! Yet again Tana you did not let me down and I look forward to more by you in the future.
WARNING: Does contain references to child abuse, which may not be to everybody’s taste.