A Constable "Thorny" Deepbriar
Mystery - Book IV
31 May 2012 / ISBN 9780709098126
Historical Mystery1957Yorkshire, England
by Rachel A Hyde
Constable "Thorny" Deepbriar's life has changed recently,
and all for the better. His wife is expecting their first child
after having given up hope of having a family, and he has been promoted
to Farnborough CID. With this brings new responsibilities and new
problems - they must vacate the police house but have nowhere to
go, and a child has gone missing. It is thought that she has been
abducted, and everybody fears that she won't be seen again alive.
At the same time local factories are being broken into, but only
petty cash is stolen - why? Thorny must solve all these problems,
even if he gets into serious trouble himself as he does so.
I find myself looking forward to each new addition to this absorbing
and well-made series. Fans of the late TV show Heartbeat will no
doubt agree, as this series has everything a nostalgic histmyst
ought to contain: a well researched background, authentic cases,
local characters and it is even set in rural Yorkshire! Ms Rowden
paints a convincing picture of life in such a location in the 1950s,
from a constable's duties to the ways of life of the various characters.
As this deals with child abduction and all it implies, this is not
exactly a "cozy," although it has all the trappings of
one, including the way the case is described. Like plunging into
a warm bath on a cold night, this is one book you will want to curl
up with, purring cat and cup of tea optional. I hope I don't have
to wait too long for the next instalment of Thorny's adventures.