Synopses & Reviews
Skeletons have a habit of revealing themselves eventually . . .
When a human skeleton is discovered on the boundary of a 20-year-old property development, it seems there are a large number of people who may know the identity of the corpse and how it got there. But twenty years is a long time and those individuals were very different people back then. Skeletons are being revealed in all senses and there are many prominent local figures who are beginning to feel uncomfortable and afraid. It's up to Detective Chief Superintendent Lambert and Detective Sergeant Hook to dig around in the past and unearth the truth of how and why the body ended up buried in the ground all those years ago.
"The unearthing of a skeleton in an elderly couple's garden propels Gregson's exceptional 28th mystery featuring Det. Chief Supt. John Lambert and Det. Sgt. Bert Hook (after 2014's Rest Assured). The two Gloucestershire police officers discover that the remains belong to a missing drug user, Julie Grimshaw, who lived 20 years earlier in a nearby abandoned building with other squatters. Lambert and Hook, seasoned pros who have worked together for years, question Jim Simmons, a farmer who recently sold the garden land to the couple and was around at the time of Julie's death. Simmons's efforts to show he's a devoted family man suggest that he has something to hide. Some of the other people they talk to, each one a distinctive character with an interesting backstory, have long kept secrets, and no one wants old history raked up. Not a clue is out of place. Indeed, this entry could be a primer on how to write a police procedural. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Lambert and Hook bring their own appeal" Booklist
When a human skeleton is discovered on the boundary of a twenty-year-old property development, it's up to Detective Chief Superintendent Lambert and Detective Sergeant Hook to dig around in the past and unearth the truth of how and why the body ended up buried in the ground all those years ago.
About the Author
J.M. Gregson, a Lancastrian by birth and upbringing, was a teacher for twenty-seven years before concentrating full-time on writing. He is the author of the popular Percy Peach and Lambert and Hook series, and has written books on subjects as diverse as golf and Shakespeare.