When a body is discoveredbeneath the waves off Scolt Head Island, the contents of the dead man s pockets lead Detective Inspector Peter Shaw to suspect an outbreak of samphire wars: a turf battle for control of the prized sea asparagus which sells for a small fortune along the affluent North Norfolk coast. Read more...
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When a body is discoveredbeneath the waves off Scolt Head Island, the contents of the dead man s pockets lead Detective Inspector Peter Shaw to suspect an outbreak of samphire wars: a turf battle for control of the prized sea asparagus which sells for a small fortune along the affluent North Norfolk coast. Or does the killer merely want it to look that way?
Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant George Valentine is investigating a series of break-ins targeted at wealthy second-home owners. And a lethal strain of adulterated cocaine is flooding the streets of nearby Lynn, leaving devastation in its wake.
Then the second body is found and the simmering tensions underpinning this remote coastal community come bursting into the open with devastating consequences."
- ISBN-13: 9781780290683
- ISBN-10: 1780290683
- Publisher: Creme de La Crime
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 256
- Dimensions: 9.91 x 4.5 x 0.99 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.01 pounds
Series: Shaw and Valentine Mystery #4
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Kelly’s superior fifth Shaw and Valentine police procedural (after 2012’s Death’s Door) kicks off with a man being killed in the so-called samphire wars, in which organized crime gangs take over the lucrative business of picking samphire, a much-prized edible plant grown on the Norfolk coast. Det. Insp. Peter Shaw and Det. Sgt. George Valentine must also contend with a possibly related problem: pricey second homes along the coast have been vandalized as part of a political protest. The top brass has kept the lid on news of these crimes, but it’s bound to come out eventually. Meanwhile, Shaw is ambivalent about his wife’s desire to open a restaurant on the beach. The shadow of Shaw’s late father, also a cop, hangs over the case, and the sea itself is a living, breathing entity, as potent as any other character. Long after the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, the mystery of the human psyche remains. Agent: Faith Evans, Faith Evans Associates (U.K.). (Feb.)