The body was suspended, lifeless, arms spread out with thick, black cable ties binding them to a horizontal timber. But her eyes went first to the folded black wings attached to the victim’s back.
When a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner at the crumbling Arthuret Hall in the stunning hills of the Lake District, Detective Beth Young immediately recognises the signs of a serial killer.
Beth quickly establishes the victim’s ID as forty-two-year-old local, Angus Keane, who leaves behind a distraught wife and two young daughters. Beth and her team must investigate disgruntled clients and bumps in his marriage, yet she knows the story is bigger than this.
As each suspect claims to have an alibi, Beth prays she’s wrong, but the post-mortem reveals a killer with unusual skills to match a twisted mind. With her leads running dry, Beth digs into the history of Arthuret Hall, once a home for evacuee children. And she thinks she might be getting somewhere, when a dog walker finds two more bodies in the dank cellar of derelict Highstead Castle. Both bodies have birds’ wings glued to their backs.
As the newest recruit to the Cumbrian major crimes team, and with a past she’d like to forget, Beth was always under pressure. But with her serial killer theory confirmed, the clock is ticking and she must pull her team together for long, sleepless nights. Beth is certain there’s a clue hidden in the staging of the bodies, and where their scenes are set, but, as she gets closer, she begins to wonder – is she walking into a trap?
Can Beth get inside the killer’s sick head before they take another victim, or is she next?
A tenacious young detective with scars both physical and emotional, Beth Young will stop at nothing in her fight for justice for the innocent. Set in the Lake District, it is perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and Peter James.
Readers are loving Death in the Lakes:
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