A Fatal Obsession (Ryder and Loveday, Book 1) by Faith Martin
Oxford, 1960. Police constable Trudy Loveday is about to face her first murder case...
It's five years since twenty-one-year-old Gisela Fleet-Wright died. But when her former boyfriend is found brutally beaten to death the day after a mysterious note threatened his life, the case is reopened - and, to WPC Trudy Loveday's delight, she's sent to investigate alongside coroner Clement Ryder.
At first it's just a ploy by her senior officer, a man who has never liked Trudy, to keep the only WPC in the station out of his way. But as Trudy and Clement begin to dig, their suspicions about Gisela's death grow - and the dark secrets of two families are slowly revealed.
Through a trail of threatening notes and carefully arranged crime scenes, Trudy and Clement begin to delve into the mind of a killer - and discover just how twisted Gisela's death really was...
'A brilliant book! The pairing of Ryder and Loveday is a stroke of genius.' Clare Chase, author of the Eve Mallow and Tara Thorpe mysteries
'A thrilling whodunit, packed with Martin's trademark labyrinthine plotting, stunning twists and turns.' The Lancashire Post