DS Lorne Warner and DI Katy Foster are called to the scene of an electrician’s suspected suicide but quickly discover that they’re dealing with a murder case instead.
Katy’s family emergency forces her back home to be by her parent’s side in Manchester, leaving Lorne as detective inspector, working alongside a new, and frustrating, partner.
When two more murders of tradesmen occur, the investigation throws suspicion on a couple who have recently renovated their home. However, the forensic team uncovers a lot more than anyone bargained for.
I have read and loved all of Mel Comley's Justice books, but this is absolutely one of my favourites to date. The author has gently sent me an ARC in exchange of an honest review.
In Dubious Justice, Lorne's tenacious personality is put to the test more than ever before as she is faced with one of the hardest cases in her career. A series of murders will be just the tip of a huge terrifying iceberg of unimaginable horror.
A young electrician turns up dead in his car after an apparent suicide, but all evidence indicates foul play. When more tradesmen are found dead in very similar circumstances, DS Lorne Warner and DI Katy Foster are convinced that a serial killer is on the loose.
Who is killing these men? And why? Why setting up the suicide scenes? The victims are all young tradesmen, but is this the only link between them? Will Lorne be able to apprehend the killer before more victims are claimed?
In the midst of this investigation, Lorne ends up leading the team as Acting DI. It was refreshing to see her back at the helm of the team as in the old days. Despite her relentless pursue of leads, the case proves difficult to solve with many dead ends, but when finally she knocks on the right door, nothing could have prepared her for the horror waiting to be unravelled behind it.
The ending is surprising and emotional. It is tear-shedding, jubilant and sad at the same time. And it gives us a clear indication that changes are about to take place in Lorne and Katy's team. I liked the way in which the author has cleverly tied all the loose ends.
With on-going action from start to finish, (including Lorne kicking a few table legs), this is a very fast-paced book in which Lorne is given no respite. Unlike the previous novel, the supernatural element is very limited but emotions are certainly all over the place. This is another great addition to the Justice series and I highly recommend it!