Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon’s Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he’s just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEWS
I adored the location of this story which is set on the rugged coastal cliff tops in Wales, a place where the locals think the know each other and each others business but in truth their own lives are so mixed up they don’t even know themselves.
When the badly burnt remains of a man are discovered on the edge of Rhosddraig it stirs up the residents and brings outsiders and Rubberneckers to the hamlet. The identity isn’t known of the victim but one thing is for sure, he hadn’t done this to himself. The story centres round the local pub occupied by three generations of women, owned by the vile mouthed Gran, run by her daughter Helen and helper soon to be 18 grand-daughter Sadie. Gran welcomes any drama that brings more trade to the pub, often being the centre of it herself!
It would have normally been D.I. Evan Glovers domain to head the investigation but as he was due to retire in a couple of days he handed the case over to his partner DS Liz Stanley. Oh boy does Glover have itchy feet and just can’t help himself throughout the story to be involved along with his mint wife Betty.
There are a lot of voices in this book to throw any reader off the scent but so worth trying to solve this ever-growing mystery, I love being at least on par with the detectives before the end comes. There are a few story lines running along side the ‘main event’ which make the story more realistic. In real life we never just have one thing to deal with at a time. Grudges, misunderstandings and just nastiness are constantly bubbling and erupting amongst the residents causing rifts that have gone on for generations.
The last quarter of the book really starts to pull things together in the most unexpected and dramatic ways, a superb story that was all there to be picked apart. I so hope there is more to come.
I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this story which I have honestly reviewed.
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