When the newspapers turn up to cover Ruby Bright s 100th birthday, they find her seaside care home is a murder scene. Someone spirited Ruby away by wheelchair down to the water s edge on the idyllic north Norfolk coast, and strangled her. Read more...
When the newspapers turn up to cover Ruby Bright s 100th birthday, they find her seaside care home is a murder scene. Someone spirited Ruby away by wheelchair down to the water s edge on the idyllic north Norfolk coast, and strangled her. But why kill a harmless centurion?
As Detective Inspector Shaw and Detective Sergeant Valentine investigate, it s clear Ruby wasn t the first victim, and nor is she the last. All trails seem to lead back to the old Parkwood Springs estate, close to the docklands. There s only one way in and one way out of the estate through the derelict Lister Tunnel. But what is the secret within "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Why would anyone want to kill Ruby Bright, a resident at the Marsh House Rest Home, who was just about to celebrate her 100th birthday? That question is but one of the intriguing challenges that Kelly gives his two appealing West Norfolk policemen, Det. Insp. Peter Shaw and his partner, Det. Sgt., George Valentine, in their outstanding sixth outing (after 2014s At Deaths Window). Someone took Ruby, in her wheelchair, to an area overlooking the coast, before suffocating her with a plastic bag. Apart from the lack of an obvious motive, Shaw and Valentine are stymied by the apparently impossible nature of the crime: all the facilitys exits are covered by surveillance cameras, yet none shows any sign of Ruby or her killer leaving the building. Meanwhile, their superiors concern with security arrangements for an upcoming annual pilgrimage to a shrine of the Virgin Mary hampers their investigation. The plot takes some highly unusual detours en route to the surprising solution. Agent: Faith Evans, Faith Evans Associates (U.K.). (Nov.)