Amy Myers is known for her short stories and historical novels featuring Victorian chef Auguste Didier and chimney sweep Tom Wasp. Her contemporary series features classic car detective Jack Colby, and she is currently working on a new 1920s mystery series featuring Nell Drury, chef at Kent’s Wychbourne Court.
Darkness is Lisa Black’s eighth thriller and the first of a new series
featuring Maggie Gardiner, a forensic investigator, and Detective Jack Renner
who both work for the Cleveland Police Department.
& Renner are strong believers in justice and tracking down the truth. The
great strength of this novel is the moral dilemmas that this plunges them into
after a girl’s body is discovered in a churchyard. She is not only unknown, but
intriguingly, she has not been reported missing. Maggie and Jack are both
assigned to the case, and yet they approach the investigation from different
tracks and with different mind-sets. Both are determined to hunt down the
monster behind this murder in the cause of justice, but they have vastly
differing Modus Operandi.
author is currently a latent print examiner in Florida and has previously spent
five years as a forensic specialist in a morgue; so there is therefore heavy
emphasis in the novel on crime-scene procedures, as well as the painstaking
work that Maggie Gardiner puts into the horrific investigation, following the
discovery of the girl’s body. Nevertheless both she and Jack Renner are
interesting characters and the plot holds two extraordinary surprises, one of
which is the conclusion of the novel. Though the novel dragged at times, due to
the heavy emphasis placed on the forensic evidence, rather than
characterisation; but the strength of the plot and its weaving narrative wins
out in the end.