Tony Hill Mystery No 6
September 2010 / ISBN 9780061986482
Suspense/ Police Procedural
by Barbara Buhrer
New Chief James Blake
is skeptical about Tony Hill's contribution as a medical consultant,
and the team's commitment to cold cases. He considers Hill too expensive.
Chief Inspector Carol Jordon has to tread carefully on this. Hill
turns to Worchester for work.
The team has a grisly
case which involves the brutal murder and mutilation of teenagers
who are lured to their deaths by the killer who befriends them on
a social network web site, Rig Marole, which is the British equivalent
of Facebook. The killer chats with his victims, pretends to share
their interests and ultimately lures them to their deaths. There
seems to be a connection between Tony's case and Carol's murders.
Tony and Carol must shelve their complex personal relationship while
working to solve their cases.
This is another of Val
McDermid's tightly plotted novels. It is well written with a cast
of characters who are human with flaws and strengths. The police
work depicted in solving these cases is solid and painstaking. The
complex relationship between Hill and Carol is developed in a most