Teaser Tuesday – 6th June, 2017


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

The Dog Walker – Book 5 of The Detective’s Daughter series by Lesley Thomson
30% Dad wasn’t a murderer!’. Suzie’s disparagements of Terry hadn’t lessened with his death, but she’d never gone this far. ‘He was a detective.’
‘Murderers and detectives are two sides of a coin,’ Suzie said sagely.
Stella felt, as she often did around her mum, overwhelmed by a rolling fog.

BLURB: January, 1987. In the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Helen Honeysett, a young newlywed, sets off for an evening run from her riverside cottage and disappears.
Twenty-nine years later, Helen’s body has never been found. Her husband has asked Stella Darnell, a private detective, and her side-kick Jack Harmon, to find out what happened all those years ago. But when the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting a killer whose trail has long gone cold.

About a third of the into this cold case murder mystery, once more I’m struck by the sheer class of Thomson’s writing. I love this atmospheric, quirky read with the dual timeline, giving us a present-day insight into Stella and Jack’s lives and the events that led to Helen’s disappearance. This is one I’m both trying to spin out because of the sheer reading pleasure – while wanting to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next…

25 responses »

  1. I feel like I’ve read so many murder mysteries and thrillers recently that I need a break but this does sound really good. I may add to my TBR and keep it in mind when I’m back in the mood for one.

    • She is certainly a quirky writer with a style all of her own. This is more of your steady dripfeed of facts in amongst plenty of details of the protagonists’ daily life, rather than lots of action, but I love her clever approach and wonderful descriptions.

    • It is a real treat. And it is one of those that you don’t need to read all of the series to make sense of what is going on, either. Though there is a really interesting backstory that is worth checking out:)). Yes – crime is my go-to genre when I need a break from starscapes and magic, too!

    • I’m still chuckling at that quote regarding Nancy Drew versus Harry Potter… Yes – Thomson tends to run dual timelines in all her books, which I really enjoy, given she’s a very able writer.

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