Drake Sanders is a Private Investigator hired to find a woman's missing husband. This was an easy case, so to speak, as the man's body has been found in a churchyard.
At first glance, since there are no signs of violence, poison might be the culprit. There is a bottle lying close to the body. The man's wife admits that her husband had been looking into the probable suicide of their daughter, who had died a few years ago. Maybe he was depressed and suicidal ? The man's wife won't accept that. So Drake foregoes his fee and looks a lot closer for motive.
And then another body is found ... the man is dead under similar circumstances. All three victims worked for a pharmaceutical company .. is that the link?
Drake teams up with Inspector Williams and Pathologist Mitchell. It’s discovered that both men were killed with a substance that doesn’t exist in either nature or as a known chemical compound. Is there someone who wants this information buried as deep as possible?
The clever plot moves at a nice even pace. This is more a who-dun-it than a thriller, but it did keep me glued to the pages. If you like medical dramas, you will find this one easy to read, easy to understand with no 13-letter medical words. The characters are solidly drawn and move easily showing the talents of the three men who blend their talents to solve a puzzle.
by NetGalley review
This is a good, old-fashioned (and I mean that as a compliment) mystery. It's the sort of book one can just sit back, relax and enjoy.
The main protagonist Drake Sanders is a gentlemanly private investigator, with morals intact and enough of an oddball to fit in with all his fictional peers. He's an ex-copper and can still call in a few favours when needs must.
The author's confidence grows chapter-by-chaoter and once he's in his stride the prose is scalpel-sharp.
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/224173/review/651022
by NetGalley review