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After a period of calm, a new spate of murders hits a post-war Yorkshire seaside town
Showing a worrying similarity to a past crime, a local woman is found dead in sand dunes near an otherwise sleepy town. Her murder forces the townsfolk to relive events of some years previous.
The difficulty for Detective Inspector Blades is that a man was tried and convicted for the other crimes. Does this mean the killer is still at large and they hung the wrong person?
Diligent investigation of the crime scene and its surroundings produces conflicting witness reports. The Great War having only recently ended, there is an edginess in the air. The population begin to suspect that a conscientious objector is the perpetrator.
The last thing Blades needs is a wrong conviction, so he is desperate to secure a confession. But when a witness is found dead, the stakes are raised.
Who is killing these young women and why? Did they hang an innocent man? Or will the local suspicions about a yellow-belly turn out to be true?
THE RIDDLE OF THE DUNES is the third murder mystery by James Andrew. It can be enjoyed as a standalone, or read alongside the other books in the series.
The full list of titles in the series is as follows:
- THE BODY UNDER THE SANDS
- DEATH WAITS FOR NO LADY
- THE RIDDLE OF THE DUNES
- THE SUITCASE MURDERER
A Great Return to Blades and Birtleby. In this third book, the career of Detective Blades continues, as does the issue of the murders on 'The Ridges,' an area of sand dunes near Birtleby beach. Readers were left 'hanging,' at the end of, "The Body Under the Sands," wondering if the right man had been convicted for the murders. This book is exceptionally well written, gripping and with unexpected twists and turns right to the end. James Andrew has grown as a writer, since the first book in this series, and this is the best Blades story to date. Can't wait for the next one.