NO PLACE TO DIE BY CLARE DONOGHUE
A CHLLING DISCOVERY. A TWISTED CRIME.
DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London’s Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work but he’s a shadow of the detective he was a few months before.
Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest that she doesn’t have long to find him. When Jane is sent to a site in Elmstead Woods she stumbles upon a sinister murder scene. A tomb has been created, and the body she finds is not Mark’s – as she dreaded and suspected – but that of missing university student, Maggie Hungerford. Her killer recorded her last moments, even providing an air supply which was only cut off when the game lost its thrill.
Two men admit to having had a sexual relationship with Maggie. Both deny murder. Someone is lying. And Mark is still missing. When another tomb is discovered, an anonymous tip and mounting evidence suggest a disturbing link which threatens to derail both cases and let a murderer walk free.
Lockyer is shocked into supporting Bennett in a case which becomes ever more ominous and dangerous as the investigation deepens. They know that their hunt is for a killer with a mind so twisted that he, or she, is likely to stop at nothing.
As DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London’s. Lewisham murder squad she finds herself with a very big hill to climb, to solve murder cases that come in. DS Jane receives a phone call from her retired DI friend Sue Leech that her husband Mark who had been suffering from anxiety attacks since his retirement from the force five years ago had gone missing. Jane discovered blood in their utility room, this makes DS Jane Bennett question that Mark’s mental state could have been worse than she realized and wondered if this could this be suicide that Jane was exploring.
A gritty case appears when a Maggie Hungerford a university student goes missing and her body is found buried in Elmstead Woods. With another big hill to climb for DS Jane Bennett two men are questioned at the station who claimed to of both of had a sexual relationship with Maggie before she died, but both of the men deny murdering Maggie. This leaves Jane with a mountain of tension trying to work out who killed Maggie.
No Place To Die is an excellent page-turning crime story with very interesting police characters that have their own problems and themes running wild with a chilling discovery and a twisted crime. I loved reading No place To Die with the references to Dulwich as I was born in Dulwich and Blackheath, Bromley, Catford, Greenwich, Lewisham brought back all my childhood memories with times I spent with my relatives in all of theses parts of South – East London.
Published by Pan in paperback 12th March 2015