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cook*create*read: Review: Under A Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Review: Under A Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Publisher: Sphere (2014)

First Published: 2013

From Goodreads:
The start of a thrilling new crime series featuring Detective Inspector Louisa Smith from a sensational, authentic crime fiction voice. 

In the crisp, early morning hours, the police are called to a suspected murder at a farm outside a small English village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, blood all over the cottage she lives in. At the same time, police respond to a reported female suicide, where a car has fallen into a local quarry. 

As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence, they discover a link between these two women, a link which has sealed their dreadful fate one cold night, under a silent moon. 

An unsettling and compulsively readable novel that will keep you gripped until the very last page.


Let me begin by saying that I have loved every book Elizabeth Haynes has written so far.  She is most definitely one of my favourite authors and she is a master of the psychological thriller.

Under a Silent Moon is not a psychological thriller.  This is police procedural novel following two deaths in a small English village with requisite quirky characters, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a cosy mystery!  With her background as a police analyst, Ms Haynes has written a superb novel here.  She certainly knows her stuff and lays little bread crumbs of clues along the way, some which definitely led me up the garden path!  The plot is nicely woven in amongst the lives of the likeable characters, and keeps you guessing right to the end with everything neatly tidied up and no loose ends.  Just how I like it.

So although this is a departure from her (outstanding) psychological thrillers, I was not let down at all by this book and am looking forward to a fabulous new English detective series!

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