The Shadows in the Street

Susan Hill is a favourite author mine. Her latest book Shadows in the Street: A Simon Serrailler Mystery is another in her Simon Serrailler series and it’s a fantastic read, as are her other books in this series. (I suggest you read them all at some point.) Something about British crime writers appeals to me. DCS Simon Serrailler is on leave on the Scottish Isle of Taransay, relaxing after a particularly gruelling case, when he’s called back to Lafferton to help with a string of murders involving prostitutes that has the community freaked out and the authorities calling for an arrest pronto, especially when a couple of women who aren’t involved in prostitution are found murdered as well. The background characters… especially Serrailler’s sister and step-mother, add weight to the story, as do the list of the usual suspects (boyfriends and crazies), all of whom are grilled by the officers including a new member of the team, DS (Detective Sergeant) Ben Vanek – who at times seems a bit too keen and eager to crack the case. It’s a fantastic read, and it’s the kind of story where you’re not left with any loose ends to figure out for yourself. A “proper” story, well written and it never lets you down. A cracking-good read (as the British might say) especially for your summer reading list.

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