It was through Monica's blog that I came across this series of Yorkshire Murder Mysteries, and of course I had to read them! There are five of them available at Amazon's Kindle shop, and I bought them all. My Kindle reading is mostly reserved for travelling, on trains and while waiting at the station, but last night I finished this one in bed as there were only a few "pages" (in Kindle terms: 5 %) left.
A caver is found dead at the bottom of a cave - an unfortunate, but not too unusual occurrence. But this time it was not a caving accident; the highly unpopular man was clearly killed elsewhere and his body put there for reasons unclear. The unusual hiding place also means the murderer was not alone.
With many in the village having reason to hate or fear the victim, the list of suspects grows as DCI Oldroyd, a Yorkshire man through and through, and his young partner DS Carter, newly arrived from London, start investigating.
Then, a second caver is killed in his home - shortly after telling Oldroyd that he knew who the murderer was.
The story covers not only the case, but also parts of the personal lives of the detectives. With Carter, the reader sees the area and its people through the eyes of a newcomer. With Oldroyd, we have a character firmly rooted in the landscape. There are aspects of village life less than idyllic, and there is struggle with financial worries and addiction. Thankfully, the author skips the gory details but concentrates on the people, their motivation and emotions.
The book is well written and edited and most of the places really exist. I am now looking forward to read the next one in the series. You can find out more about the author and the series here.