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The Raging Storm by Ann Cleeves
Series: Two Rivers #3
Published by Minotaur Books on September 5, 2023
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Fierce winds, dark secrets, deadly intentions.
When Jem Rosco—sailor, adventurer, and legend—blows into town in the middle of an autumn gale, the residents of Greystone, Devon, are delighted to have a celebrity in their midst. But just as abruptly as he arrived, Rosco disappears again, and soon his lifeless body is discovered in a dinghy, anchored off Scully Cove, a place with legends of its own.
This is an uncomfortable case for Detective Inspector Matthew Venn. Greystone is a place he visited as a child, a community he parted ways with. Superstition and rumor mix with fact as another body is found, and Matthew finds his judgment clouded. As the winds howl, and Venn and his team investigate, he realizes that no one, including himself, is safe from Scully Cove’s storm of dark secrets.
The Two Rivers continues with the base of characters remaining the same. The head of the team in Matthew, and his husband, Jonathon runs an art centre. There’s Jen 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.
In The Raging Storm, the team is away to a small seaside village where a minor celebrity has died. They end up staying in the area some nights because of the storms and to have more time to work on the case. Jen goes home more than the others because she has children. She is an excellent interviewer of witnesses.
Ross is much more of a jerk than I remembered. He also contributes less than Jen but his assignments are sometimes less central. He tends to be so impatient and not listen well to the witnesses. I can understand Matthew’s frustration with him.
The case was complex with lots of connections to the past. The worst attitudes of people from 30 years ago are out along with their egos about how their lives have ended up and what they they deserve. I loved following along the evidence and trying to see the truth and who might benefit. The trigger for the bodies which piled up was heartbreaking and the losses were just sad because they weren’t going to really provide any benefit.
I’m really enjoying this series and look forward to see how the characters change and deal with their realities.
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