The Rotting Spot

The Rotting Spot Someone s getting away with murder and they ll do anything to keep it that way The skull hunter s rotting spot hides a secret while the families on the sea lashed Northumbrian headland hide several W

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  • Title: The Rotting Spot
  • Author: Valerie Laws
  • ISBN: 9781906700102
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • Someone s getting away with murder and they ll do anything to keep it that way.The skull hunter s rotting spot hides a secret, while the families on the sea lashed Northumbrian headland hide several When Lucy Seaton goes missing, her friend Erica Bruce is convinced there s a link to the disappearance of Lucy s cousin years before.At first, Inspector Will Bennett sSomeone s getting away with murder and they ll do anything to keep it that way.The skull hunter s rotting spot hides a secret, while the families on the sea lashed Northumbrian headland hide several When Lucy Seaton goes missing, her friend Erica Bruce is convinced there s a link to the disappearance of Lucy s cousin years before.At first, Inspector Will Bennett s sceptical of Erica s homeopathy and love of William Blake s prophecies, so she begins her own investigation, contending with Lucy s steely mother and religious aunt and the doubtful assistance of excess loving Stacey.

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    1. I have to say, I loved this local read. The writing is absolutely sublime.It took me a while to get in to this book, but once I started I was hooked. And MY, WHAT A TWIST! This novel plays out wonderfully, with everything that could possibly be wanted from a crime novel. I cared for the characters and was genuinely interested in everything about them. The Skull Hunting is particularly interesting - gruesome but wonderful at the same time, fascinating. It made me want to look things up, research [...]

    2. 'Much of the time, watching their golden existence, he carried on alone, like some tiny rocky planet orbiting twin suns, so far out as to feel little warmth.'Valerie Laws's The Rotting Spot is a thriller, and a very good one at that; but it's ultimately about love and loss, the corrosive effects of secrets, and the skeletons (or should that be skulls?) that sometimes rattle around in the most apparently innocent of closets. It is also - as the passage above testifies - extremely well-written.Muc [...]

    3. I chose The Rotting Spot by Valerie Laws as one of the books to read for my crime writer in residence crime series of posts for the Edinburgh eBook Festival. The title intrigued me and it had lots of good reviews so I reckoned it must be a reasonably good read, and it didn't disappoint me. The plot was good, it kept me guessing - I like to be kept guessing but it's becoming increasingly difficult - and the characters were original and engaging. The main character, Erica Bruce, is a homeopath, an [...]

    4. This is one of the best crime thrillers I've read for years, and I read quite a few crime thrillers. For a start, the characters are interesting and unusual - I don't think I've ever seen a homeopath portrayed sympathetically, nor a working class single mother in crime fiction. Then there's the elderly skull-collector and the mentally ill sister of the doctor's a vibrant cast.Vibrancy and energy sustain this novel throughout the twists and turns, which aren't as predictable and obvious as many w [...]

    5. A 'dark cosy', as one reviewer put it, is as close as we're likely to get it to a perfect tag for this mystery. I entered with some trepidation, since I'm not a fan of cosies and more than one reader had mentioned that the story was slow to take off. In fact, the terrific mystery angle doesn't kick off until the Kindle meter ticks off about 49%. Till then we have a rich, smooth blend of slowly simmering mystery (over a disappeared childhood friend), character study, dramedyd just plain terrific [...]

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