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Close Her Eyes (Inspector Luke Thanet, Bk 4)
Close Her Eyes - Inspector Luke Thanet, Bk 4 Author:Dorothy Simpson Inspector Luke Thanet and his admiring Sergeant Lineham are investigating the murder of 15-year-old Charity Pritchard, whose parents belong to a cult called Children of Jerusalem. Thanet soon discovers that Charity's repressive, impossibly strict upbringing made her into a devious, blackmailing seductress. — Furthermore, the autopsy reveals a... more » recent abortion. And patient sleuthing uncovers Charity's sexual involvement with music teacher Leslie Mathews, her Uncle Jethro, and young pick-up David Williams -- as Thanet's close study of character and background pays off once again.« less
British police procedural featuring Inspector Luke Thanet. This is the fourth book in the series, but it's not necessary to read them in order.
15 year old Charity Pritchard is found dead in an alley near her home. When Thanet and his less than confident assistant Sergeant Lineham begin to investigate they find quite an unusual cast of characters. Charity and her family belong to a very strict fundamentalist religious group who deny their members things such as jeans and make-up. Well, Charity being a bit rebellious decides to venture into this teen world. Thant sets out to find out of this form of extreme parental repressiveness is what lead to Charity's death.
This book kept me drawn in until the end. Thanet's character thinks outloud so you are brought along through his thought process and not left with an unlikely surprise. Thought I had it figured out early, and then began to question myself. Good use of characters and quirky personalities. Very much in the Agatha Christie realm.