This is the fourth in the DI Ben Kitto series and the author takes us, once again to the Scilly Isles. This can easily be read as a stand-alone but all of the books in this series have been brilliant. I do think they are getting better.
The novel begins with Ben and his team out for a swim as they intend to compete in the annual swimathon around St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles. They see a body, dressed as a bride, hanging from Pulpit Rock. On closer investigation it is found to be a murder, so Ben shuts down the Island to prevent the killer from leaving. Everyone is a suspect.
Ben and his team begin to investigate and they are desperate to avoid another casualty. The diverse characters, many with eccentricities fill the story with wit, passion, rage and romance. Of course, the most amazing of all is Shadow.
Cleverly plotted with an ending I didn’t guess. The author has the ability to lead the reader down different paths with numerous twists and turns throughout. I suspected pretty much each one in turn but there were clues along the way.
Exceptional read. Highly recommended.