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The Heron's Cry by Ann Cleeves
Series: Two Rivers #2
Published by Minotaur Books on September 7, 2021
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North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder--Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases.
Dr Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He's a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.
Then another body is found--killed in a similar way. Matthew soon finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home.
I was so happy to continue Two Rivers to see the characters and meet new ones. The foundation of the series is the characters in the police department along with their family and friends. The head of the team in Matthew, and his husband, Jonathon runs an art centre. There’s Jem who is a single parent of two teens. There’s Ross who is a favorite of Matthew’s boss, and is bucking to move up, but needs more skills; he thinks he’s better than he is. Vicky does a lot of computer research and camera review work.
I enjoy the British terminology and idiosyncrasies. There is also the attitudes with the fun way they speak. The team is smart and uses good strategies to solve the murders but the pace of murders is too many too fast Of course, not everyone tells the truth. I also enjoy the setting descriptions of the towns, farms and land.
The world and characters are well developed and described. I didn’t guess the culprit even when both Matthew and one of the civilians had figured it out. I don’t really try though. I kind of hoped it was someone else I didn’t like very much. The deaths were such a tragedy for the families.
I appreciated the pace and layers within the story. I definitely want to keep reading this series and this author. Matthew had some growth in his personal life and I want to see how that goes in the future, too.
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