A clever young detective almost puts paid to his career in his first murder investigation.
DC Gary Goodhew is well-educated, well-off and intense. The youngest detective at Cambridge’s Parkside Station, he has taken to sending helpful anonymous tips to his boss DI Marks. While out on what he considers a routine interview, he’s alerted to the corpse of an attractive young woman with “I’m like Emma” written on the palm of each hand. The late Lorna Spence worked at the Excelsior Clinic, dated her boss Richard Moran and was a friend to his sister Alice. Paired with smart, ambitious, unfaithful DC Kincaide, Goodhew soon wanders off on his own path of investigation after he finds that an old schoolmate was an acquaintance of the dead girl. The Moran family becomes a center of interest when Richard’s younger sister Jackie, who lives in the country with her beloved horses, is named a possible suspect in a cold case: the disappearance of Jackie’s college friend Emma after she briefly dated Richard. Though Goodhew irritates his boss by working well outside police protocol, his quirky methods ultimately solve the mystery.
A pleasingly different police procedural.