A murder investigation…and Rafferty’s already got troubles in spades.
His first case in charge looks like being his last.
Because he suspects that the case of the ‘Faceless Lady’ is a poisoned chalice. Gifted by his new boss who is only waiting for Rafferty to fail, to put the boot in. He’s even arranged his even newer partner—a pedant who rubs him up the wrong way from the start.
When even his Ma adds seems to add to the kicking…
I got the rights back to Deadly Reunion from Severn House Publishers last year, and when I looked at it, it was to find I only had half the book saved on my computer. Eek!
I looked everywhere: past and present computers, Dropbox, the Cloud, everywhere. I thought I’d have to type the whole bloody book again, but I was saved from such a dismal prospect by Linda, one of my Beta Readers.
Phew! Anyway, here’s the blurb:
When a former pupil attending a school reunion at the prestigious Griffin School is found dead it is at first assumed Adam Ainsley died from a simple heart attack while out for a run in the nearby woods.
But the retired ex-professional rugby player was a fit young man in his thirties, who hadn’t been near a doctor for years, so a post-mortem is called for. The PM’s toxicology report shows that Ainsley was poisoned, but whether by his own hand or that of another’s is far from clear.
When DI Joe Rafferty and his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn, are called in to investigate, they find plenty of simmering emotions amongst Ainsley’s co-reunees. It seems Adam Ainsley, the school’s sporting hero, had made a lasting impression, and not always for his prowess on the sporting field.
And when the detective pair delve deeper, they find reasons for the lasting resentment. But how to prove which one of the ex-pupils has let feelings fester for twenty years, to end in murder, isn’t so readily apparent.
And Rafferty’s Ma, Kitty Rafferty, hasn’t chosen her dates well for organising a reunion of her own. Coping with a high-profile murder case at work, and temporary guests at home ensures Rafferty finds little peace to think constructively in either place.
Will this be the investigation that culminates in Superintendent Bradley finally achieving his aim of stripping Rafferty of his hard-won inspector rank?
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Sergeant Llewellyn’s remark that, perhaps, ‘Someone else’ had made them a gift of Professor Babbington as the murderer, was just sour grapes, in Detective Joe Rafferty’s opinion.
But Llewellyn had planted a tiny doubt where none had existed before. Rafferty, convinced in his own mind that they had the right culprit for the murder of University Administrator, Rupert Hunter-York, forced himself to disregard Llewellyn, who was known to greatly admire Babbington. They had so much proof it was embarrassing: Babbington’s fingerprints on the murder weapon; the victim’s blood on his shirt; and his DNA on the dead man.
So Rafferty couldn’t believe it when his ‘sure thing’ slowly began to unravel. He refused to admit his growing doubts about Babbington’s guilt to Llewellyn, who continued to champion the professor, and was as convinced of Babbington’s innocence as Rafferty was of his culpability.
But then they discovered surprising new evidence, and all Rafferty’s certainty vanished into dust. He prepared himself to face the music when Superintendent Bradley came back from his expensive holiday, to find that the ‘sure thing’ he had left with Rafferty, had inexplicably become anything but.
Unless Joe Rafferty could find some way to turn defeat into triumph…
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