Synopsis: Geraldine Steel is back for her tenth case. Reunited in York with her former sergeant, Ian Peterson, she discovers that her tendency to bend the rules has consequences. The tables have turned, and now he’s the boss.
When two people are murdered, their only connection lies buried in the past. As police search for the elusive killer, another body is discovered. Pursuing her first investigation in York, Geraldine Steel struggles to solve the confusing case. How can she expose the killer, and rescue her shattered reputation, when all the witnesses are being murdered?
Kat’s Rating: 5/5
Kat’s Review: It’s been far too long since I have read a Geraldine Steel novel so I was looking forward to catching up following on from the last book. For those people who intend on reading the series in order, you may want to stop reading my review as it will inevitably contain spoilers if you haven’t read the whole series.
I was keen to see how things were working out for Geraldine. Following her demotion she has now got a bitter pill to swallow by working as a Sergeant for none other than Ian Peterson. I am thrilled that these two are now working together although the dynamic sure has shifted. Geraldine seems a lot more vulnerable now that she has the added pressure of demotion, a twin sister in rehab and an adopted sister who could do with Geraldine’s support. That’s all without the actual job so Geraldine’s life certainly seems to have taken a few steps back. Ian Peterson is also another one that has changed and in the first half of the book you can tell that both he and Geraldine are struggling with the new arrangements of him being above her in rank. That said, the two of them are starting to get back to normal the more the story continues.
As for the storyline, it seems that bodies are turning up and they seem to be linked through a group of schoolfriends. Geraldine and Ian are part of the team investigating the murders. Their new colleagues leave a lot to be desired I must say. I spent most of the time wanting to slap their colleague Naomi who obviously has a crush on Ian, and couldn’t warm to the new boss Eileen. I think the reason I loved this book so much was that it felt like the series has been given a massive shake up and everything is topsy-turvy. Overall this was an absolutely cracking read and certainly one of the best I’ve read with Geraldine for a while, I literally cannot wait for book 11!