When Viscount Peveril is found dead at his chateau in France, his children instantly suspect foul play. But with his demise being registered as ‘death by natural causes’, they must seek the assistance of DCI Sandy McFarlane to uncover the truth.
Against his superior’s wishes, Sandy travels to Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion, and swiftly concludes that something is not quite right with the circumstances of the Viscount’s death. Enlisting the help of an old friend, DCI Rich Singh, Sandy embarks on a complex and intriguing murder investigation.
With medical intrigue at its heart, this is no classic ‘whodunit’, and is the third book in the popular DCI McFarlane crime series.
The author says: “I am retired senior homicide detective and have been the senior investigating officer in over 100 major crime enquiries, from homicides to international kidnappings and large-scale paedophile investigations. One of my most high-profile cases was that of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, two ten-year-old girls from Soham, UK who were murdered by Ian Huntley in 2002, and I subsequently received the Queen’s Police Medal for my work as a Detective, in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. I am also well known for my work relating to safeguarding children, and have had published several dozen serious case reviews involving domestic homicide and the death of children, where I have tried to establish what lessons can be learnt from these deaths. Now retired, I focus on voluntary work, helping to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from abuse.”
This is Russell’s fourth title with Cranthorpe Millner to date.