HORNS OF A DILEMMA: BOOK FIVE IN THE TAYLOR & GRAHAM SERIES
JO A HIESTAND AND PAUL HORNUNG
ISBN# (10): 1-59133-205-2 / (13): 978-1591332053
Hilliard & Harris
Rating: 4 Cups
Detective-Sergeant Brenna Taylor, in the Derbyshire Constabulary, has to go to a crime scene involving a horrific murder. As Graham’s colleague and right arm person, she wears her heart on her sleeve.
Detective-Chief Inspector Geoffrey Graham was participating in the village event when he found the body. He is Brenna’s immediate superior and unaware of the effect he has on her.
Every year on Ash Wednesday, the villagers of Hollingthorpe gather heavy ropes and crowbars to turn over what is known as The Devil’s Stone. This morning the heavy stone is the crime scene. Graham was the first to arrive. The scene was so bloody that Brenna had to leave the area for a moment; it made her ill. As part of the CID team, she is competent and skilled, but sometimes gets personally involved. It appears that the victim, Enrico Thomas, a newcomer to the village, probably had no idea what hit him. With the murderer making tracks, the detectives have their hands full looking for suspects. Graham believes the crime was premeditated. As he and Brenna start their investigation, things really get tense.
This is my first time in reading this British mystery, but I must say Horns of a Dilemma is quite impressive. As the detectives searched for the killer, I felt as if I was involved with the search. I adored the way Brenna had a certain admiration for Graham. I loved her strong character. Jo A Hiestand and Paul Hornung take a village and make it come alive in this stunning read. They pull the audience into a grisly murder and allow them to be a part of the action and emotions. This is a tight, well-written story; with a colorful cast of characters that keep the reader on their toes.
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