Sheila Quigley


Released: 20 September 2010

Reviewer: Adrian Magson

There can be fewer places more tailor-made for a crime thriller than the atmospheric Holy Island on the north-east coast of Britain. It has the lot: a historic castle standing firm against the cold north sea, a small island community… and a narrow causeway which is cut off by the tide every few hours, isolating them from the mainland and outsiders…

This is where Sheila Quigley has set her latest work, having taken a break from writing about the Seahills Estate (the warts-and-all setting for five previous crime novels) and her main character, DI Lorraine Hunt.

The good news is, Sheila’s many avid followers should not to disappointed by their introduction to DI Mike Yorke, the central figure in her new series. It isn’t just a change of face, however, or even place (starting in London and travelling many miles north, even of her customary settings); there’s also a change of pace in her writing as Yorke finds himself returning to the north and immediately becoming caught up in the investigation of an unusual, seemingly ritualistic murder. As in all good thrillers, of course, the case doesn’t end there, but soon opens up a grim bag of all things nasty: a secret New World Order, a batch of illegal and lethal drugs hitting the streets, and the disappearance of numerous children up and down the A1 motorway. For Yorke, it’s a brutal and shocking return home.

Then there’s Smiler, a young lad from London who has had more than anyone’s share of brutality, and whom Yorke takes pity on. Can he really see into the future as it seems, or is the more down-to-earth Mike Yorke right to be sceptical?

A chilling story with a fresh cast of vivid characters… and more to come with the sequel already underway.






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