With his superstitious Irish nature, British Detective Joe Rafferty shouldn't be surprised that his first murder case as a newly-promoted Essex detective is a tough one. But the murder victim, whom the media has dubbed "The Faceless Lady", has no ID and has been bludgeoned beyond recognition. She also supposedly had no access to the secure psychiatric facility where her dead body is found. The news media has seized on the case, placing Rafferty in an unwelcome spotlight.
"Love the English humor"
When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to talk to him, and he’s losing hope of a reconciliation. But then, after a very public argument, a man is found stabbed to death in the pub’s car park. What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex.
Lapsed Catholic DI Joe Rafferty isn’t best pleased when he learns his latest case is at the local Roman Catholic convent, where a body was discovered in a shallow grave in the grounds. The nuns’ order is an enclosed, contemplative one, and access to their house and grounds is far from easy. Rafferty is inclined to think that was an inside job. He doesn’t find it as hard as his DS, Dafyd Llewellyn, to believe that nuns are capable of murder.
Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty has just left his wedding rehearsal when Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn calls to say that a local man has come home to find his wife dead – strangled – on the kitchen floor. Adrienne Staveley is soon revealed to be a woman with many secrets. Was she killed by her husband? Did one of her lovers do the deed? Rafferty can’t help but think it a wonder that someone hasn’t tried to murder her before.
DCI Will Casey receives a frantic call from his mother. Two dead bodies have been found at the Fenland commune where his hippy parents live. When it emerges that the first victim was found lying on top of a bed of cannabis plants, Casey realises why the commune members want him to sort out their problem without involving the local police - an expectation too far, in Casey's book.
Loves, labours, losses and not to mention a spattering of the occult are all part of an eduction at the prestigious Griffin School, but when a reunion culminates in the death of a high profile former student, DI Joseph Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, are called in to unearth the truth behind the school’s picturesque façade. Murder? Suicide?
"Clever Whodunit set in School Reunion"
Returning to Elmhurst, many years after his involuntary departure, to attend a civic reception in his honour, Sir Rufus Seward had ignored the maxim that “going back” is not always wise. Summoned after Seward’s body is found, a wood chisel protruding from its back, DI Joe Rafferty receives a panicky call from his younger brother, Mickey, who fears he is in the frame for Seward’s murder. Keen to confront the bully who made his youth a misery, Mickey had gone to the reception, but then found his tormentor’s body