Beyond The Pales....... A crime novel......
Kirkus Review Says.
"A truly instructive debut characterized by heart, wit and restraint."
Why is a Forensic Anthropologist murdered in the largest cemetery in Western Europe? Detective Superintendent Pandora Kingdom needs to find out and fast.
As well as battling the killer, she has her own demons to deal with. She lost her arm and leg while police mentoring in Afghanistan. Does she still have the strength for the hunt?
Assisted by Steve Bridger, an MI5 agent, Guy Hobbs a History professor and the ghost of the soldier who died when she was blown up. She soon finds out that she has choices to make and needs to know who is really on her side.
The killer’s trail leads to a secret research laboratory in Porton Down where the victim worked. Is she following the right trail? What experiments are really going on in the woods there? Why does a police inspector kill himself? and what is the link that leads her back to Brookwood Cemetery, as the body count begins to rise.
A cemetery that holds a quarter of a million dead souls holds many secrets. What do an order of Orthodox monks guard so carefully? What are the fields of graves and mausoleums hiding within them? What is driving the killer on?
Pandora Kingdom thinks she knows. Does she have the strength left to risk
everything? Or have the parts of herself, left on the dusty fields of Afghanistan, taken more than she can give............
INDEPENDENT REVIEWS FROM AMAZON...........
"Beyond The Pales is one of the best crime novels I have read in a long time. An extremely well written and twisted story, each chapter was exciting, moved quickly and always left me wanting to know more. Pandora Kingdom is a brilliant heroine, she's likeable and fiesty with a fantastic wit and sense of humour about her. There are some other interesting characters in there too, but I won't spoil those for you. Would highly recommend this read to anyone who loves a good crime novel. I'm hopeful that this isn't the last we've heard from Pandora, and that she'll be back solving more grisly crimes soon."
"A very good debut for Pandora in a fast paced story, the background for which has clearly been well researched.
Great example of empathetic writing with regard to the life challenges she faces, personally and in her career, which adds to the believability of her character.
Loved Pandora’s secret weapon, an interesting variation on a theme. Let’s hope she is well insulated!
The other main characters are concisely written which helps to keep the plot moving. Also liked the ghostly nod to TV heaven from way back when. Would like to see this aspect developed more on Pandora’s next case."
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