This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Secrets Of The Dead.
When the manager of Bromley Hall, a local hotel and spa is found dead, Detective Inspector Robyn Carter's colleague tells her the death is a tragic accident. Although she has her reservations, Robyn is told that the case is closed and she must focus on her own case. Three victims have been murdered, and with each murder, a note has been left saying "All debts paid". As Robyn and her team struggle to find leads, they are led to Bromley Hall. Is there a connection between the manager's death and the murders? Can Robyn catch the perpetrator the press are calling the Lichfield Leopard before he claims any more lives?
I was so pleased when I heard that Robyn Carter was returning in Secrets Of The Dead, having enjoyed my first introduction to her in Little Girl Lost. Everything I loved about Robyn in the first instalment of the series could be seen in spades in this novel: her resourcefulness, her tendency to follow her instinct and her compassion. I also enjoyed the flashback sections to her relationship with Davies, as this helped me to get under her skin and sympathise with her loss. In Secrets Of The Dead, the reader also learns more about Robyn's colleagues, particularly Mitz, Anna and Shearer, and I felt that the strong team dynamic made me root for Robyn's team as they tried to catch the killer.
As with Little Girl Lost, I thought I had this case solved about half way through, but I should have known better! Although there are not quite as many twists as in Little Girl Lost, I loved every single one. Wyer plants several clues as the novel progresses, but it was not until the killer is identified that I realised how significant they were. I am kicking myself, but I am in awe of Wyer's meticulous plotting.
Secrets Of The Dead is set in the winter months, and Wyer's descriptions of the cold, wet and windy weather create an atmosphere which builds the tension around Bromley Hall and gives it an air of mystery, which kept me intrigued throughout the novel.
The second instalment in the Robyn Carter series did not disappoint and I will be waiting with baited breath for the next one!
Secrets Of The Dead is available from Amazon.