Greed, rage, envy . . . and murder.
DCI Jack Le Claire is investigating the death of a high-profile resident on the Island of Jersey. But the killing has only just begun.
Kurt Englebrook has it all. He’s a hedge fund tycoon with a gorgeous younger wife, two grown sons and a loyal team around him. But Kurt has secrets; somebody knows what they are and is determined to make him suffer.
Kurt’s sister-in-law, Chloe Marsden, is grateful to inhabit Kurt’s world of privilege and plenty. But what Chloe cares most about can’t be bought.
A brutal death reveals the widening cracks that threaten to break apart the Englebrooks and those connected to them.
˃˃˃ They’ve killed once and crossed a line. There’s no going back.
It’s up to Le Claire to trap a vicious killer, with numerous suspects and very few leads. All the while, a looming shadow from Le Claire’s past is threatening his future and that of his family.
˃˃˃ A suspenseful mix of lies, desires and murder set in the seemingly idyllic Channel Island of Jersey.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Kurt Englebrook only makes a brief appearance in the story before meeting a gruesome end. Though it is clear that he was up to no good but not the reason why. Kurt had it all, you would have thought, he was a millionaire, he had just won a court case denying a right of way to walkers through his land, he had a beautiful wife, a couple of sons, faith staff and many years still ahead of him. You only need one enemy to bring you down though. He had definitely got on the wrong side of someone. There were plenty of suspects outside the family so this was going to be a real mystery to solve and up for the challenge was DCI Jack Le Claire.
I really loved the reading of the will, which really put a clutter of cats among the pigeons. I also had to say OMG and smile, then giggle the more that I heard. This was going to make very interesting reading without a doubt. Someone hadn’t been keen on it either as a further fatality occurs.
I loved the setting of this story which takes place in Jersey within the small community where everyone is in plain sight. The power holder of the family fortune just constantly changes throwing guilt on everyone. A brilliant storyline which had me coming up with theories to the very end. Loved the solid characters, discovering their strengths and weaknesses. Brilliant ending.
Many thanks to the author as this was a special read for me. I won the opportunity, through the generosity of the author and The UK Crime Book Club charity auction, to chose a character name. I picked one of my grandson’s names, Riley Jones.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Clayton has lived in the Channel Island of Jersey for most of her life. An avid reader, Kelly has been writing for as long as she can remember but decided to get serious a few years back. The reason why is a story in itself and there is a TV clip that can be accessed through Kelly’s Facebook page that explains what lay behind her motivation to get that first book published.
Kelly’s first novel, Blood In The Sand, was published in 2015, followed by Blood Ties and Blood On The Rock. The three books are part of The Jack Le Claire Mystery series, mainly set in Jersey but venturing to other locations as well. They can be read as part of the series or as stand-alones. The 4th book in the series will be published in Winter 2019.
In 2018, Kelly co-authored Cyber Sisters, about 4 women, online crime and whether you choose to fall down or fight back. The co-author is her husband, Grant Collins.
Kelly has also published a historical romance/murder-mystery, Fortune’s Hostage, under the pen-name of Julia Hardy.
She is one of The Blonde Plotters with fellow writers, Gwyn GB and Deborah Carr. They are the founders of My Virtual Literary Festival. MyVLF.com is an online reader community, connecting readers and authors. You can attend the online festivals without leaving your home, see Watch Now author interviews, browse the bookshelf, download the FREE Book Group reads, get updated information on books and writing, and take part in book related competitions and giveaways.
Kelly also has a busy day job, working in the finance industry. Although she loves what she does, Kelly adores the escapism of writing, of crafting stories and characters and putting them into and, hopefully, getting them out of peril.
Kelly, her husband and their three cats live in a home overlooking the sea.