Sam Shephard, a young sole-charge police constable in Mataura, is the main character in a new series of crime novels set in New Zealand.
When a young mother in the town is brutally murdered (it seems to be a professional job), Sam is at the heart of the police hunt to find the killer.
But then Sam’s past relationship with the dead woman’s husband is revealed. Sam is stood down from the case and is now a prime murder suspect. Frustrated, Sam loses her cool. She can’t stop herself making murder inquiries and gets into serious trouble with her police superiors. But then the young constable stumbles onto something. The murdered woman was working as a journalist and had uncovered a local scandal. She’d been killed to keep her quiet. When Sam enters this world she’s in real physical danger, until at last a conspiracy is uncovered and the killer revealed. Disillusioned, Sam prepares to leave town. What will she do next?
I was eased with this book as it had solid characters who I could really find meat to. It is nice to see characters that aren’t just skin deep.
I liked Sam and think I see a lot of opportunities for this character. She has a good ability and I liked that she isn’t the typical woman police officer that you see a lot of in books.
The setting was also very good as I hadn’t read a book set in New Zealand before so getting to hear the descriptions was so good and makes me want to visit.
This is a wonderful start to a new series and looking forward to more to come.
I really liked the fact that the past has caught up with Sam and he relationship to the victims husband really causes her a lot of trouble. It shows that she just isn’t one for the rules.