Kathy Garthwaite’s writing style perfectly matches the setting for her books. There is a dreamy, almost ethereal tone that conjures up the majesty of the landscape of Vancouver Island and its relative isolation. The detectives too approach matters somewhat askance, patiently exploring the conundrum of a death on the coastline, probing the evidence and their own presuppositions before shedding light on the mystery.
A cruel murder has terrible, irreversible consequences for the detectives who work the case.
When a woman is found murdered by the Bevan fishing pier on Vancouver Island, Inspector William Gibson becomes convinced that her abusive husband is responsible.
But is his conviction more down to his own sense of guilt than hard evidence? With interviews of the suspect revealing nothing firm, the investigation centres on Ryder Simpson, a young drop-out witnessed near the scene. But he too is proving elusive.
Gibson and his sergeant, Ann “Scottie” Cruickshank, are at loggerheads over the direction of the inquiry. Furthermore, Gibson is distracted by his son recently having come back into his life and his latest wife expecting her first baby.
When Gibson increases the pressure on the victim’s family, signs of infidelity begin to emerge. But not everything is quite how it seems. And when the truth finally emerges it has devastating consequences for all concerned – the detectives included.
A captivating read set in an absolutely stunning location, written in an evocative and dreamy style that reflects the tempo of the place.
MURDER ON THE SAANICH PENINSULA is the third book by Kathy Garthwaite to feature DI William Gibson, commander of the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit. It can be enjoyed on its own or alongside the other books, MURDER ON VANCOUVER ISLAND and MURDER AT LAKE ONTARIO. All of these books are FREE with Kindle Unlimited and available in paperback.
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