A murder in a private home is quickly and easily solved by the police, their culprit established by fingerprints on the murder weapon: a jar of poison. The private care nurse neither denies nor admits to it. A clear cut case - but one detective isn’t sure. John is an experienced Metropolitan Police detective with a chequered background and a laissez faire attitude who is knocked back when he is suddenly teamed with Alison, a prim young Sussex officer who is out to learn as much as possible in her ambitious pursuit of senior rank.
With different approaches to the case and influences from various people, the two must learn to work together in order to bring the true killer to justice. Can Alison trust John? Can John shield Alison for what is to come? And are more laws about to be broken when a nefarious crime lord learns from a highly placed mole that their lucrative way of life is about to come to an end?
The plots are well thought out but I think it could have been written as separate books because it was a long book and the two different stories could have each been their own book. There are so many characters appearing that I found it some what of a challeng to remember who they are. Other than that, this was an excellent book!
by Melinda Henning
Alex joined London's Metropolitan Police Force in 1969. During his initial years he served as a Uniformed Police Constable in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He soon became a Detective and was rapidly employed on Specialist Squads such as the Regional Crime Squad, the Flying Squad and Serious Projects Team. He was trained in surveillance techniques and kept updated in the use of new, constantly emerging technologies. Throughout his thirty years with the Met he was involved in targeting some of the country's highest placed criminals.
On his retirement, he was employed by a specialist private company for several years. During this time, various Police Forces sought his expertise in the viewing of CCTV and surveillance tapes relating to major crimes committed in their Force areas. Then, yearning to return to his native West Sussex, he moved to a small village with his wife near to the coast. It didn't take long for him to join Sussex Police as a civilian employee working at Chichester Police Station.
Now fully retired and no longer able to pass any fitness test he has taken to writing.