A Quiet Death by Cari Hunter

This is the third adventure of Sanne and Meg and as soon as I put it down, I wanted to chase Ms Hunter to get book four written. If you haven't read one and two, I suggest (after you read this review) you go to your purchase place of choice and get them. My guess is that if you start with three, you'll only want to get one and two anyway so you might as well start there and read them in order. Trust me, on that!

I love these characters and I love the fast paced writing style. There are aspects of the book (no spoilers) that had me holding my breath and racing through, then going back and rereading to enjoy the writing,  once I learned the outcome. There is a lot of suspense in these few pages and the characters are wonderful - not just Sanne and Meg but the minor characters too. Sanne's mum, her boss Eleanor, Nelson etc., are all fully developed and crucial to the plot and the growth in the relationship between Sanne and Meg.

The story here involves the death of a young Asian woman found out on the Derbyshire Peaks. The author has bravely tackled a subject some may shy away from but has done so sympathetically and with a great deal of warmth - something missing from the searches and investigations on the bleak hills. The hills themselves are a character in the narrative and it is obvious the author spends a great deal of time out there as Sanne's love of place is well captured. There are as many twists and turns here in the story as on the roads to Sanne’s cottage. The relationships show a depth that makes the interactions credible and on occasions very moving. It's difficult to talk about the plot without spoiling the book and I won't do that because you need to read it without any preconceptions. But trust me, Ms Hunter uses her paramedic skills to interfere with your heart rate. And it's likely you may stay up later than you should to finish it. There is a lot going on here.

Thoroughly recommended but as above, I would suggest you read books one and two first and then settle with a warm cup of something and a blanket...

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Synopsis

In book three in the Dark Peak series, things are looking up for Detective Sanne Jensen and Dr. Meg Fielding. Dating each other seems to be working, their families are behaving themselves, and the worst of the post-Christmas crime wave is over. 

The discovery of a Pakistani girl’s body out on the moors changes all that. No one knows who she is, who hurt her, or how she came to be there. As pressure mounts on East Derbyshire Special Ops for a quick resolution, it becomes ever more apparent that the case won’t provide one. 

With the Pakistani community closing ranks, and threads of suspicion reaching farther than anyone could have predicted, the investigation leaves Sanne facing an ordeal she may not survive.


About the Author

Cari Hunter lives in the Northwest of England with her wife, two cats, and a pond full of frogs. She works full-time as a paramedic and dreams up stories in her spare time.

Cari enjoys long, wind-swept, muddy walks in her beloved Peak District and forces herself to go jogging regularly. In the summer she can usually be found sitting in the garden with her feet up, scribbling in her writing pad. She also loves hiking in the Swiss Alps and mucking about online. Although she doesn't like to boast, she will admit that she makes a very fine Bakewell Tart.

Her first novel, Snowbound, received an Alice B. Lavender Certificate for outstanding début. Desolation Point, was shortlisted for a Goldie award and a runner-up in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, and its sequel, Tumbledown, was a runner-up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards.