Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill

DCI Simon Serrailler returns in the third book of this fabulous police procedural series. The case that occupied a majority of Serrailler's time in The Pure in Heart, the disappearance of youngster David Angus, continues when Serrailler is called to Yorkshire where they've also had a missing child. Are the cases connected? The mystery also involves a husband sick with grief over his ill wife and a newly-ordained female priest who has a distressing personal crisis. As in the two previous books, there are lots of details about Serrailler's sister, Dr. Cat Deerbon, and her family. The combination of character depth and Hill's writing style makes this series first-rate. I blogged about the first book, The Various Haunts of Men last month when it was published in the U.S. Unfortunately, it will be awhile before the others are released. I requested books two and three through interlibrary loan at my local library because I couldn't wait. It also helps if you read the books in order.

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