Summary

It is winter in London in the early 1950s: John Davies confesses to strangling his wife and baby daughter. It promises to be a depressingly straightforward case for DI Ted Stratton of West End Central. When Davies recants, blaming respectable neighbour Norman Backhouse for the crimes, nobody sees any reason to believe him. Davies is convicted and hanged. But after a series of gruesome discoveries, Stratton begins to suspect there has been a terrible miscarriage of justice. Meanwhile, with her marriage in tatters, ex-MI5 agent Diana Calthrop is determined to start a new life. Despite a promising beginning she soon finds herself in trouble. And with a seemingly unstoppable killer of women on the loose, she is very vulnerable indeed…
©2010 Laura Wilson (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Madgey on 22-03-11

A worthy read...

I always try to find time to add a review, as I find it so useful when looking for books myself. Unusually, I was reluctant to review this book as I did not want to say anything that would put anyone off. Having read the first two books in the series (I would highly recommend reading them in order of publication), both of which I really loved. I started this journey with high expectations and for the most part I was not disappointed. The plot is different and a couple of different mysteries unfold. The story develops and revolves around the personal and professional life of DI Stratton?s. This time around; I did not find DI Stratton humour quite as amusing and the return of a specific character from previous books ? I found a bit grating and irritating. Having said that; if you have read the first two books in the series, this is a must and I would not have missed it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 14-03-11

Classic Crime story

I enjoyed this 3rd book in the Ted Stratton series, it moved on nicely from the war years to the coupon book everything rationed early 1950's. The atmosphere of the book reflects the austerity of the post war years brilliantly and certainly packs in all the 'taboo subjects' from lesbians to necrophilia!!

Although I was surprised no reference was made to the very famous criminal and crimes that the book is very obviously based on. (At least this audio version made no mention of it) Knowing the story slighly spoilt the 'suspense' element.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 12-04-18

From a slow start, it intensified until I could push stop!

This is the third in the Stratton series, and I am enjoying each one more than the last! Thank you to the narrator, and well done Ms Wilson!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Leon on 05-04-11

Loved it

Wonderful atmosphere, you feel the post war deprivation made bearable by hope. Sean Barret's voice suits this tale perfectly

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