Poisoned Pen Press brings us another unusual tale. Murder occurred in Brackdale years ago. At a summit, on a boulder, eerily named The Sacrifice Stone, a woman had been killed.
Daniel Kind isn’t a stranger to this town. Miranda, his lover, is though. She views the lands as peaceful. His thoughts are marred by his memories of the murder. But, Miranda is smitten enough to leave London & move there. Being away from Brackdale for 20 years, he is still apprehensive about its past.
A spur of the moment suggestion turns into an offer on real estate. As much as Miranda adores Tarn Cottage, Daniel is haunted by memories of past residents. Can he move past them to appease her?
Tarn Cottage may be Miranda’s dream home, but it once housed a 13 year old who was the only suspect in a female tourist’s murder. Daniel & this boy, Barrie, had been playmates. Autism wasn’t understood at this time. Because Barrie was ‘different’ & had fallen to his death in a ravine near the murder scene, at the time it took place, he was the likely scapegoat.
But, Daniel’s Dad had been a policeman at the time. Many years later, during a drunken meeting, Daniel’s Dad hinted that he’d had doubts as to Barrie’s guilt. But, Daniel’s Dad has since passed away. Now, Daniel’s own doubts are resurfacing sue to this trip down memory lane. Could a permanent move back have him chasing a cold case? Will the move prove fruitful to the whirlwind romance with Miranda or will it prove to be too much for new love?
Part murder mystery, part romance would be the ideal genre description. Language isn’t an issue. Sexual situations are present, but pretty tame. With all her faults, Miranda is pretty likeable. Daniel is too & it’s easy to care about him getting closure.
The characters receive a great deal of attention. Background is fed to us adequately. Prejudices about autistic persons are likely accurate for 20 years ago. Action isn’t fast-paced, but makes sense due to the amount of time from the murder to the present. The setting is almost a character. Tarn Cottage, The Stone, & Brackdale are all as essential to the plot as Daniel is. Rural scenery always wins with me anyway.
I enjoyed the twists & secrets as they were revealed. It was enjoyable. This rural murder gets its 5 of 5 stars.More info is available here: www.martinedwardsbooks.com & www.poisonedpenpress.com