This is a series that takes place in a quite English village of Rickenham Green, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Roper sort out the clues
An Ian Roper Mystery (debut!)
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Stunningly beautiful, brazenly sexy, Julia Henderson was every man's fantasy and every wife's nightmare--until her brutal murder rocks the quiet English village of Rickenham Green.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Roper and his team sort out the clues and conclude this was no illicit one-nighter gone insane. It was deliberate and emotional. Whoever killed Julia knew her well.
So twisted are the sins and secrets of some community members that two will confess to killing Julia. But it's the identity of her true killer that remains as shocking as it is inevitable.
I ordered this for a friend, but when I saw how short it was, I decided to read it myself before I gave it to her. It was a pleasant little British mystery, all full of hedges and lanes with characters stopping by for tea or popping into the pub for a pint. I could hear the accents in the text. I liked it, but it was not the most compelling book I've read in recent memory. Nice diversion.
Julia Henerson was every man's fantasy, every woman's nightmare - until her murder shocked the quiet English village. DCI Roper and his team have their work cut out for them as they sift motives, oportunities, and many community secrets. Good read with psychological aspect.
If you're getting tired of every police procedural turning into a serial killer case where the criminal's homicidal motives turn out to be some can-you-top-this psychopathology, dig up the late Janie Bolitho's books. Believable police detectives solving compelling crimes in their villages are getting harder and harder to find so Bolitho's novels are a treasure trove. Both the Inspector Roper series and Bolitho's Cornwall series (featuring a seaside artist whose boyfriend is a police detective) are well-written and well-plotted crime novels.