Author: Clare Mackintosh
Publication: Sourcebooks, hardcover, 2022
Description: Rhys Lloyd is a local boy who made good as an opera singer and returned home to develop a resort community on Llyn Drych, Mirror Lake, which is bordered by Wales on one side and England on the other. The Welsh locals from the village of Cwm Coed are wary of The Shore and its ostentatious inhabitants, so a party to which all are invited seems like a good idea until the next day when Rhys is found floating in the lake. Detective Ffion Morgan from North Wales Police and Detective Constable Leo Brady of the Cheshire Constabulary are both assigned to the case, which is slightly awkward as they just had a one-night stand in which they provided false names to each other. As a detective team, however, they seem to be a good team and the first thing they discover is that Rhys had a dark side and everyone is a suspect.
My Impression: Despite the drowned body, this book begins in a lighthearted way at the morgue where detective constables are sent by their respective superiors to investigate. It’s just a bit awkward as Ffion and Leo hooked up at a bar the night before, giving each other fake names as they did not expect to encounter each other again. The pathologist, suspicious but not guessing the extent of the coincidence, has to introduce them and they form an uneasy alliance. Leo’s boss is a bigoted and obnoxious man who tells him if it’s an accidental drowning to let the Welsh deal with it but if it’s an easily solved murder, he should keep it so as to boost department statistics. Ffion tries to tell her boss she has a conflict of interest but he tells her to keep the case anyway.
Source: Library. I read this book for Dewithon 2023, hosted by Paula at Book Jotter, and it's my tenth for Carol’s Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge.
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I spent a weekend in Cardiff and Penarth five years ago but would certainly like to plan a longer trip to Wales.
Sounds interesting, I've reserved it from the library - a new to me author.
Thank you once again, Constance, for taking part in Dewithon. A lovely review! 😊
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