A young woman is found murdered in a farm silo while a policeman’s wife finds her ex husband’s body in her catering van. Could there be a connection between two deaths so closely discovered and can Jack Dawes exonerate his wife?
The Eden Park Killer is the 11th book in the DI Jack Dawes series but it is the first that I have read. There are mentions of events that I assume featured in earlier books but no spoilers.
Two murders, a crime baron and a big drugs deal. There is a lot for DI Dawes to unravel. His own wife Corrie is implicated in one of the murders so he is forced to focus on the other death despite being convinced that the two murders are linked. The rather hapless officer put in charge of the ex husband’s murder is adamant that Mrs Dawes is guilty. Meanwhile Mrs Dawes herself is investigating alongside her friends.
The case itself held my attention even though we discover connections and culprits quite early. My enjoyment was then focussed on seeing how Jack, his opponent Crump, and Corrie work independently to solve the crimes.
I really loved this book and I want to catch up on Jack’s previous cases. There is a wonderful tone to the book with a gentle humour that softens the crime element. Jack and Corrie have a brilliant relationship with each other but also with the other police officers and friends.
The Eden Park Killer is an entertaining and dynamic police procedural and I want the next book NOW!
THE EDEN PARK KILLER by Frances Lloyd
AN ENTHRALLING MURDER MYSTERY FULL OF SHOCKING TWISTS FROM A BESTSELLING AUTHOR.
Sometimes you can just murder your ex. But would you?
Corrie Dawes is exhausted after a long day catering for the wealthy residents of exclusive, gated Eden Park.
She pulls open the back of her delivery van and screams. Inside, a man’s body lays face down in a bowl of leftover trifle — with one of her vegetable knives lodged in his back.
She immediately calls her husband, Detective Jack Dawes. When he arrives they discover the victim is none other than Tom Broadbent, Corrie’s ex.
Corrie hasn’t seen or spoken to Tom in over twenty years. What is he doing in Kings Richington? And more importantly, how has he wound up dead in her van?
Jack’s been warned off the case, and the investigation is handed over to surly Detective Crumb. He’s convinced Corrie lured Tom to her van and killed him — and he’s determined to prove it.
It’s up to Corrie to clear her own name. Can she find the real killer? Or will she pay the price for someone else’s dirty work?
This entertaining and absorbing mystery is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, L.J. Ross, J.R. Ellis, Ian Moore, Catherine Moloney, Richard Osman or Faith Martin.
MEET THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.
Frances Lloyd was born in Essex but now lives in the Scottish Highlands. She was educated in Cheltenham where she studied English and Classics.
Frances has always been a writer. The day job was in government communications. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer, and began by writing short stories, but her ambition was always to write murder mysteries. She now writes full time and has published ten crime novels.
Married three times but now a widow, Frances’ hobbies are reading, travelling and wine tasting.
BOOKS BY FRANCES LLOYD
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JACK DAWES MYSTERY SERIES:
THE GREEK ISLAND KILLER
THE BLUEBELL KILLER
THE SHETLAND ISLAND KILLER
THE GALLOWS GREEN KILLER
THE MOON KILLER
THE KINGS MARKET KILLER
THE DEMON KILLER
THE VALE VINEYARD KILLER
THE BRIGHTSEA SPA KILLER
THE KINGS CORPSE KILLER
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