Editor’s Pick – Deadly Dance by Hilary Bonner

9780727887344_FC.jpgWe are delighted to welcome the long-established, highly-regarded crime writer Hilary Bonner to Severn House with DEADLY DANCE, a tense and twisting psychological thriller featuring crossword-solving Bristol detective, David Vogel.
The discovery of the partially-clothed body of a teenage girl in the heart of Bristol’s red light district marks the start of a baffling murder investigation where nothing is as it first appears.  14-year-old Melanie Cooke had told her mother she was going to meet a school friend. Who was she really going to meet – and why?  Vogel is drawn towards three very different suspects, each of whom grows increasingly chilling.  But are they what they seem – and is any one of them capable of murder?

A cunningly crafted, sexually charged and wholly original read, DEADLY DANCE kept me intrigued throughout, as I was drawn into each of the three suspects’ stories and kept guessing right to the end as to which of them – if any – is the killer.  Bonner skilfully keeps the questions coming and the tension going strong, ensuring that the murderer’s true identity, when finally revealed, comes as a genuine shock.  The clues of course were there all the time, but so cunningly planted that even the most eagle-eyed reader will be hard-pressed to spot them.

The geeky, vegetarian, teetotal, mild-mannered, happily married Vogel makes a refreshing change from all those embittered, divorced, hard-drinking detectives out there: his decidedly uncool crossword-compiling hobby eventually proving key to cracking the case.  I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of this particular detective inspector in mysteries to come.

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