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June 4, 2017

The Dog Walker  By Lesley Thomson- The Detective’s Daughter 5

Published by Head of Zeus 6th April 2017

 Hardback £16.95 Amazon 

A haunted house, a broken family and a body that has never been found. Stella and Jack must reawaken the secrets of the past in order to solve the mysteries of the present.
January, 1987. In the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Helen Honeysett, a young newlywed, sets off for an evening run from her riverside cottage. Only her dog returns.
Twenty-nine years later, her husband has asked Stella Darnell, a private detective, and her side-kick Jack Harmon, to find out what happened all those years ago. But when the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting a killer whose trail has long gone cold…


The Dog Walker is the best novel that Lesley Thomson has written. As I turned the pages I was curiously hungry for clues.

Dog walkers and joggers use the Thames towpath between Kew Bridge and Mortlake Crematorium.The voice of little Megan is told with absolute precision that makes you believe in the character.

As Megan and her friends notice a poster of missing Helen Honeysett she tells her friends that her dad told her that Helen was killed by her husband.

Police have no clue to what happened to the disappearance of 26-year-old Helen Honeysett.

Adam Honeysett her husband was the last one to see her alive.  

When Megan is questioned it appears that her dad, Steven Lawson hadn’t told police that he had rescued Mrs Honeysett’s dog. Could he have been the last person to see Helen Honeysett alive.

Bette Lawson, Steven’s wife was upset that he hadn’t told her about Mrs Honeysett’s dog.The question that Bette is now asking herself were there many other things that her husband hadn’t told her?

Megan lets out her secret that she had seen her father following Helen Honeysett to the towpath.

The scenes are adding quite a long list of suspects who live in the Thames cottages who had a motive for murder. 

There is Mr Honeysett who is playing the broken-hearted routine but he could have killed his wife and pushed her into the river.

Megan’s dad Steven Lawson may have been having an affair with Helen Honeysett and there are of course many other suspect that come into the spotlight.

The question is who do you think had a motive to murder Helen?

I highly recommend The Dog Walker as it’s screaming out who done it?



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