One unexplained disappearance is strange, but two are sinister.
In Lower Hembrow, an idyllic village nestled beneath Ham Hill in Somerset, the villagers are preparing to enjoy the autumn traditions of the rural English countryside until Joe Trevillion, a
curmudgeonly local farmer and the father of six children, vanishes.
When Adam Hennessy, the ex-detective proprietor of The Plough, the village’s popular Inn, investigates, he finds ominous undercurrents beneath apparently harmless rumour and gossip.
Meanwhile, a vicious campaign of vindictiveness forces Adam and his three amateur sleuth friends to dig deep into the secret lives of their neighbours to expose the source of a cruel vendetta and prevent another death.
As they uncover the disturbing truth, the friends learn they must also lay their own past lives to rest before they can hope to make their dreams for the future come true.
Frances Evesham is the bestselling author of the hugely successful Exham-on-Sea murder mysteries set in her home county of Somerset, and the Ham-Hill cosy crime series set in South Somerset.
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My thoughts: even the most picturesque villages hide dark deeds and not very nice people. Somerset village Ham Hill apparently hosts a few unpleasant and murderous souls. Also a donkey kidnapper (the donkey is fine).
Someone seems to have it out for artist Dan, after a series of cruel sabotages, could they be blaming him for a tragic accident years before? And where’s Joe gone? His wife and six children need him home, as do the cows, they won’t milk themselves after all.
Luckily Adam and his friends are on hand to dig into both these cases and assist the local police. Joe isn’t as blameless as he seems and Dan needs to deal with the past before he and his son can move on.
Highly enjoyable as always and there’s a rather fiendish murder to solve – a very Agatha Christie sort of death. Though I think I’ll skip Somerset on my next visit to the West Country.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.