Tags Murder, violence, crime procedure, East Anglia, UK, vengeance, family vendetta.
Murder walks the High Street of a small East Anglian market town and bodies keep popping up everywhere. The cemetery of the parish church is vandalized and all the threads lead to two families still locked in an ages old feud. The vicar has gone a bit barmy and the custodian of the church is certainly hiding something. Indeed, he seems to take great pleasure in misleading the members of the police, most of whom are from ‘outside’. DC Sarah Kemp wonders how she is ever to solve the mystery when everyone speaks in riddles and half-truths. Her budding relationship with her co-worker, DI Dane Pudney, is frustrated at every turn by developments in the case. Developments that make her a target of the killer. As news of the mayhem spreads, the small town is overrun by the press who get in the way and meddle in the investigation. The mystery man found hanging from Joe Rainbird’s oak tree isn’t really a stranger at all. It seems his ancestral roots run deep into the marshy East Anglian fens. But how can that possibly be, Sarah and Dane ask themselves. Join them as they sift through the clues and possible leads to the identity of the murders all the while enjoying a look into the inner workings of the social makeup of a small town with a history that stretches back into antiquity.
Mike Thomas has woven a rich tapestry of mystery against the cozy confines of a small market town where everyone knows everyone else, and those whose ancestors are not buried in the graveyard will never be admitted into the inner circle.