DI Lorne Simpkins and DS Pete Childs are called to investigate the death of Jenny Bartlett, who's decomposing body is found in a wooded area. When Lorne informs Jenny's parents of her death they are understandably shocked but also confused by the news as they were under the impression their daughter was out of the country, working as a volunteer in Africa.
Delving deep into Jenny's personal life leads Lorne to Jenny's former boyfriend, Simon Killon, after Lorne discovers they had a secret liaison in a restaurant shortly before her death. But is he guilty of Jenny's murder?
After learning what traumas Simon himself has encountered lately, Lorne has her doubts that he's the culprit. However she finds it hard to disprove the evidence pointing in his direction.
Mel Comley's latest addition to her popular 'Justice' series, is a short novella that takes us back in time to when Lorne Simpkins was still married to Tom and was still an Inspector working with her Kit-Kat-fanatic partner Sergeant Pete Childs. It was really nice to have Pete Childs back on the scene.
The decomposed body of a young woman is found in a wooded area. Lorne and Pete are called to the scene but there Lorne stumbles on her first hurdle - the ever arrogant French pathologist Jacques Arnaud who as usual is very reluctant to let Lorne in on any details.
The dead woman is then identified as Jenny Bartlett. She has been murdered. Though all arrows immediately point to the victim's ex boyfriend, Simon, a hunch tells Lorne that he is innocent. But could the Inspector's unmistakable gut feelings be wrong this time?
This was a quick, enjoyable read that kept me intrigued till the very end to find out how the murder is solved. Recommended!!