Persons Unknown
 
 Blurb:

Persons Unknown (DS Manon #2)

A new crime novel featuring the unforgettable Detective Manon Bradshaw—a man is stabbed in a park near her home and the case threatens those Manon loves the most.

Detective Manon Bradshaw is five months pregnant and has officially given up on finding romantic love. Instead, she is in hot-pursuit of work-life balance and parked in a cold case corridor—the price she’s had to pay for a transfer back to Cambridgeshire. This is fine, she tells herself. She can devote herself to bringing up her two children—the new baby, and her adopted 12-year-old son Fly Dent. He needed a fresh start—he was being forever stopped and searched in London by officers who couldn’t see past the color of his skin. Manon feared Fly, increasingly sullen and adolescent, was getting in with the wrong crowd at school, or possibly that he was the wrong crowd. Being there for the children, and home by five, is what Manon tells herself she needs.

Yet when a wealthy victim is found stabbed close to police HQ, she can’t help but sidle in on the briefing: he is a banker from London, worth millions. More dramatically, he was also Manon’s sister Ellie’s ex, and the father of her toddler son. The investigation swirls with greater and greater urgency, and as it begins to circle in on Manon’s home and her family, she finds herself pitted against the former colleagues she once held dear—Davy Walker and Harriet Harper.

Can Manon separate what she feels about the people she loves, from the suspicion hanging over them? Can she interrogate the evidence, just as she would with any other case? And when Manon instructs defence lawyer Mark Talbot to work alongside her, can she refrain from throwing herself at him in a manner unbecoming to a woman at an advanced stage of pregnancy? Manon must fight to find the truth with every fiber of her being.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 29th 2017 by The Borough Press (first published June 27th 2017)
ISBN
0008123330 (ISBN13: 9780008123338)
Edition Language
English
Series
setting
Cambridgeshire, England (United Kingdom)


  • Persons Unknown (DS Manon, #2)
  • Persons Unknown (DS Manon #2)

My Thoughts:

This was a superb book.
Manon and her adopted son Fly share a home with her sister Ellie and her son Solly. Life seems ok and she is (un)happily working cold cases and the only complication is she pregnant with a sperm donors baby!.
So life seems tolerable if not ideal; waiting on the birth and working cold cases, Manon finds herself involved in a very hot case that may involve her and her family
This is a multifaceted tale told from different perspectives and grips from the start. The writing is simple, but weaves a complicated story with ease. Well rounded characters and all have an important role to play in the narrative.
A 5 star read for me and thanks to Susie and Lovereading for the ARC

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

DS Manon (2 books)

  • Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, #1)
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