Title – Grave’s End
Author – William Shaw
Published – July 2020
Genre – Crime fiction
This is the third book in the Alex Cupidi series; I thought I’d missed out on the hardback as I didn’t buy it when it came out last year but City Books in Hove sorted me out and even got the copy signed!
In the tradition of all good crime fiction there are diverse and seemingly unconnected incidents which are slowly drawn together as the stories unfold to reach a satisfying conclusion.
Zoe, Cupidi’s daughter, is broadening her interest in the environment and is scoping out the wildlife in an area that’s been fenced off by a developer in advance of a new housing estate being built.
Cupidi is assigned the case of an unidentified body discovered in the freezer of a luxurious unoccupied house.
Cupidi’s friend and colleague, Constable Jill Ferriter, has a new beau – but is the relationship everything it seems?
While the other stories unfold Cupidi’s investigation becomes more complicated when there is a further death in even more puzzling circumstances. Her enquiries lead her to dig up old, long-buried secrets and she is surprised to discover that there is a political interest in her case which comes from the highest level of government – but she’s not the sort of person to be cowed by someone in authority.
As with the previous books Cupidi does manage to get herself in some pretty serious scrapes and despite my belief that she was going to make it out and survive to the end of the book they were still alarming and did have me worried!
As well as being a cracking crime read with the deft plotting that I’ve come to expect, the book also tackles a range of contemporary social and environmental themes – and does this in the best way, where you feel better informed but not as if you’ve been lectured. Of course another great asset of this series is the cast of characters – three very different women who each bring something important to each of the books and who are growing and developing with the series.
I read this really quickly – always a sign that I’m enjoying a book but it does make me feel guilty that it doesn’t reflect the amount of effort the author put in to writing it!
A really enjoyable read – definitely back on form!