It begins for Tom Fletcher with what looks like a very bloody accident in a farm machinery showroom, and reaches back into the past - his own and that of the local police force - before slamming into the present with all the force of the most up-to-date criminal power in the world.
Crackling with secrets and surprises, packed with haunting landscapes and haunted characters, freighted with the hot, thundery atmosphere of a Cambridge summer and the inevitable paying-out of past betrayals, CORN DOLLS marks the arrival of a major new crime talent.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 19/04/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340898383
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Review by devenish
The first as well as the best so far of the series set in Cambridge and the fens. DI Tom Fletcher is brought in when an incident which at first appears to have been a horrific accident turns out to be one of murder.An employee at a farm machinery outlet is found half-consumed by a tree-shredder. Several other deaths occur in quick succession and it soon becomes apparent that someone is out to exact a terrible revenge on members of the local fen-land community.A local pagan festival called 'The Thinbeach Wedding' seems to be the magnet for the killer,who is planning something rather different than the villagers are expecting during the event.The writing describes the countryside around Cambridge wonderfully and most of the characters are suitably weird. An original idea which keeps you reading to the last page.