A new book by another favourite author – Winterman by Alex Walters. Have you seen my earlier reviews of his books – Candles and Roses and Their Final Act?
Well, this time we are in the Fens district in East Anglia, England. Set in the period immediately following the end of the Second World War when food and fuel are still restricted by rationing. Enter DI Ivan Winterman straight from the Met who finds himself back in his hometown and in the small local police station manned by his colleagues DC Hoxton, DC Marsh, PC Brain and the indomitable Mrs Sherringham and her part-time assistant Mary.
Almost immediately the body of a young girl is found and very soon two others are discovered and then two murders are committed. What’s happening in this quiet little backwater?
It’s in the middle of the coldest winter on record and the deep snow hampers the team’s efforts as they try to unravel/discover the motives for all these deaths.
There are twists and turns aplenty in this book. The blurb attracted me immediately, and I felt compelled to keep reading once started.
The characters are well drawn and believable The author’s writing skills are descriptive and moody and I felt drawn back to post war Britain where I grew up amid the chaos and the questions as to how we got there – didn’t we win the war?
The ending was totally unexpected and disturbing. I recommend this book to all lovers of thrillers. I give it five stars and thank Bloodhound Books for the chance to read the advance copy and to review this book.