Chapman, Jean - 'A Watery Grave'
Returning from his morning jog ex-Met Officer John Cannon becomes entangles in a fishing-line and endeavouring to untangle himself finds a body. Currently having renovations done to the stable block attached to the pub he and his partner Liz run in the Fenlands, he is shocked to recognise the victim as one of his builders.
The death of one of his builders and the unexplained absence of his other one, coupled with some information that unexpectedly comes into his hands, means that John finds himself entangled in more than just fishing-line. His involvement in the case is not welcomed by Inspector Franklin Jones of the local police who is convinced that John is involved, and not in a good way.
As with all good stories people are not what they seem. For example, Alan Hoskins, the pub's best customer, always first in and last out - John realises he doesn't really know anything about him. As John's investigations lead him on the track of a wealthy business man, he finds help in unexpected places, and danger with every step he takes.
This is a good mystery that moves along at an exciting pace and was a most enjoyable read.
Lizzie Hayes, England
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