This is a British police procedural that, like many such books that come out of Britain, are more about the investigators than the crime itself. Manon Bradshaw, 39, is a detective sergeant with the Major Incident Team in the Cambridgeshire Police. She is single and looking for love in all the wrong places, i.e., on anonymous internet dating services. But this activity does provide the comic relief for the more serious aspects of the story, which concern a missing 24-year-old young woman, Edith Hind. Edith is the daughter of very well-connected parents, which makes the job of the police more stressful than usual.
The pace is slow (but thus seems more true-to-life); this is by no means a “thriller.” Alternate perspectives play out in the chapters although Manon’s is the main voice. The twists in the ending were not an entire surprise, but in these books, the process is what matters. In that respect, the author did well in maintaining my interest with a good balance of mixing very realistic characters with common elements of both the humor and pathos of work and dating relationships.
Evaluation: While I wouldn’t race out to the store to buy a second in the series, I would welcome it if there were another, and would consider reading it.
Published in the U.S. by Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House, 2016