SALT LANE is the first book in the Alexandra
Cupidi series. However, Alexandra first showed up in
the book THE BIRDWATCHER, which I haven't read (yet). I read
a lot of crime novels and I was curious to see if this one
would be to my taste. I'm glad to say that I liked this book
and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
DS Alexandra Cupidi has relocated herself from London Met to
the Coastline of Kent. Alexandra is trying to start a new
life with her teenage daughter ZoŽ, who is into
birdwatching. With the finding of a dead woman and then
later a dead migrant will Alexandra have her hands full as
she tries to figure out the identities of the victims and if
there is a connection between them. Are there separate cases
or were they killed by the same person or persons?
I found SALT LANE to be just the kind of crime book I like
to read. I liked Alexandra and her daughter ZoŽ, the mother
and daughter relationship was something that I enjoyed
reading about as well as the case. I especially liked ZoŽ
was so different from the usual teenagers I read about in
books nowadays, she's not a party girl, she likes birds.
And, sure she does seem to be a bit sullen, but then again,
her mother had to leave London after having an affair with a
married colleague. So, it's probably understandable that she
isn't always happy.
As for the case, I found the twist and turns of the story
interesting to read about. For most parts of the story did
it feel like just a mass of loose ends before everything
starting to clear. I always like stories where nothing is
what it seems, and you can't trust anyone. And, the plot in
SALT LANE is definitely one that will keep you guessing all
the way through even though I was perhaps not really shocked
about the ending, but that's perhaps because I'm used by now
to suspect everyone.
SALT LANE is a great crime novel and I'm especially pleased
to know that Williams Shaw has written several books because
I'm eager to read more books by him.
A darkly told crime novel in the tradition of Tana French
and Ian Rankin, featuring the return of THE BIRDWATCHER's
Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi is a recent transfer from the
London metro police to the rugged Kentish countryside. She's
done little to ingratiate herself with her new colleagues,
who find her too brash, urban, and--to make matters worse,
she investigated her first partner, a veteran detective, and
had him arrested on murder charges. Now assigned the brash
young Constable Jill Ferriter to look after, she's facing
another bizarre case: a woman found floating in local marsh
land, dead of no apparent cause.
The case gets even stranger when the detectives contact the
victim's next of kin, her son, a high-powered graphic
designer living in London. Adopted at the age of two, he'd
never known his mother, he tells the detectives, until a
homeless womanknocked on his door, claiming to be his
mother, just the night before: at the same time her body was
being dredged from the water.
Juggling the case, her aging mother, her teenage daughter,
and the loneliness of country life, Detective Cupidi must
discover who the woman really was, who killed her, and how
she managed to reconnect with her long lost son, apparently
from beyond the grave.