'Serrailler, Hill's brilliant detective, is the central character in the great writer's crime fiction novels' CAMILLA, DUCHESS OF CORNWALL
Heavy rain falls on Lafferton. As the rain water slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - are revealed.
It doesn't take long to identify the remains as those of missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, who was last seen sixteen years ago.
But a cold case isn't a priority: if Detective Inspector Simon Serrailler is to solve the case, he will have to do it alone.
Hill can't write a bad sentence and her characters are all completely convincing - no more so than her long-serving detective Simon Serrailler
Her intellectual stance is engaging, her plot unpredictable and her detective a likeable presence
Far more than a whodunit...written with a novelist's flair, in that the characters, however fleeting, are carefully drawn and believable