Series ~ Sgt Major Crane, #1
Author ~ Wendy Cartmell
Publisher ~ Wendy Cartmell
Published ~ 9 October 2011
Genre ~ Mystery/Suspense/Military
My Rating ~ 4 bites out of 5
Sergeant Major Tom Crane is in the British Army working as a detective in the Special Investigations Branch and stationed, for the moment, at Aldershot Garrison. When he has to investigate a case of a soldier murdering his wife and small son then committing suicide with the same knife he doesn’t think it’s a clear-cut open-and-shut case. Something doesn’t seem right, but with his Commanding Officer telling him to wind it up he does so reluctantly. Until six weeks later when another very similar case turns up on another Garrison. Crane goes to investigate and as the pieces slowly start to fall into place and yet another murder-suicide occurs he races to find the reason before more people die.
I think this is the first time I’ve ever read a story in 3rd person present tense. It was strange and a bit awkward at first, but as the story pulled me in it became easier to read. The plot moved at a good clip and I liked the characters. The mystery remained a mystery until the end. I look forward to riding along in future stories as Sgt Major Crane solves more crimes.
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