As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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Published by Pentangle
Press, November 2017. ISBN:
Carol has returned to the character
Mia Trent, a Scene of Crimes Officer, in an imaginary small town in the South
of England. (Mia was the central figure in Carol’s first book, The Terminal
Velocity of Cats.) The story unfolds as Mia processes the scene of
the death of a young man who is living in an old WW2 bomb shelter. The
complications multiply as a colleague has to excuse himself from the
investigation because he knows the victim and there is another incident,
involving a girl’s disappearance, which needs immediate attention.
Chronic understaffing adds to the strain of the actual work. When
these cases show features that link them a joint investigation is necessary,
linking the detectives on both and, of course, requiring input from the SOCO
police detectives, Mia’s fellow SOCO workers and the witnesses are all
believable characters, often with interesting back stories. In Carol’s
usual inimitable style, the story moves fast so that it grabs all the reader’s
attention. Inevitably events become murkier and murkier and apparent
threats to the investigators from violence or undue influence add to the
hunt through the evidence is fascinating in its detail as small items fit into
a theory of events. Gradually some elucidation of both the death and the
disappearance becomes possible. The comment attributed to Macmillan
that “Events, dear boy, events” provide the major problems for politicians is
certainly borne out in the detection here as various happenings change the
direction of investigation.
is a born storyteller (not that I wish to denigrate the amount of sheer hard
work required to write books!).
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Carol Westron has 3 other books in her South Coast Crime
Carol Westronis a
successful short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Carol recently
gave an interview to Mystery People. To read the interview click on the link
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.