Five novellas detailing a variety of cases from DI Frank Lyle’s police career.
A young woman, Kate Martindale, is abducted and the only witness is a frightened young man with learning difficulties. Can DI Lyle get the lad to talk in order to find Kate? And what is the secret that her friend’s father is hiding?
Dead of winter
A park attendant clearing snow finds a mutilated body in the pond. But what secret is the dead girl’s sister hiding? Help from an unexpected source helps solve the mystery, but can it be done before another related murder occurs?
When a young first year student is found dead in her room, DI Lyle is called in to investigate. There are no real clues as Julia Watson appeared to have had no enemies or vices, but a diary found at the scene reveals an explosive secret from her past and the key to her identity.
Call of the wild
The body of Tony Hickman, a young male volunteer, is found at Ashbeck’s animal welfare shelter. The contents of his locker reveal a possible connection to violent animal rights groups, but as DI Lyle discovers, the truth is actually closer to home and far more sinister than he could ever have contemplated.
When Reverend Tom Berry, a hospice chaplain with controversial views, is deliberately injured in a hit and run, DI Lyle is bound to find out who is responsible. With the help of a witness and his friend, Canon Thomas Rice, DI Lyle sets about solving the mystery. Berry had enemies in both the church and the medical profession, but which of them wanted him dead? Meanwhile James Lyle, who witnessed the incident, has things to resolve in terms of his own life