A short tightly written suspense mystery with Det. Insp. Lloyd and Insp. Judy Hill. This is the first of a series. Donald and Helen have been married 26 years but are bored with their marriage. Donald's girlfriend is apparentally murdered by Helen's boyfriend. The trouble is they don't know each other.
Someone recommended Jill McGown to me and I decided to start where she did, at her first Lloyd/Hill novel. A Perfect Match serves as a useful introduction to the series, in which, of course, the background info is as important as the front story. Lloyd (like Inspector Morse, he's not telling anyone his true first name) is an engaging British copper with a good mind and a social life that is lacking in many areas. Judy Hill, married but nevertheless long attracted to Lloyd, is his intelligent, pretty assistant.
Together, they set to work on the discovery of a strangled woman's body in the woods which she owned. The obvious suspect is Chris, who happens to have designs on the dead woman's sister in law, and who ran away and hid when the body was found. But, in the tradition of the best English mysteries, the obvious suspect might just be TOO obvious.
So, who dunnit? It was hard to guess the method, but not the perpetrator.
This first novel is intriguing enough to hold the reader's interest to the final chapter.
"A Perfect Match" introduces Detective Inspector Lloyd and his Detective Sergeant Judy Hill, a pair whose relationship is at least as interesting as their cases. This story takes "cozy' to a new level as a wife's missing lover is accused of murdering her husband's mistress (who also happens to be his sister-in-law)
First in the DI Lloyd and DS Judy Hill British police procedural series. Though published in 1983, I did not find the book "dated" at all. Enjoyed the main characters, found the mystery to be very well done--I very often guess whodunit early on and didn't with this one--and the writing style flowed smoothly.
A low-key, intelligent British mystery. I thought it was a little slow at first, then it got quite good. Recommend.
1st in the Lloyd & Hill police procedural series.
Twisted, creepy, involved and secretive-and that's just the characters.
First in the series of CI Lloyd and Detective Hill. Excellent starting book :)