DI Sally Parker has a serial killer on her patch. One thing that sets this killer apart from the others she’s hunted before: his willingness to leave DNA at each of the crime scenes. It’s up to Sally and her partner DS Jack Blackman to find out why before the body count rises to double figures.
Sally Cringed. “Are you Brenda’s sister?”
“Yes, at least I was.” Darla broke down in tears.
Sally and Jack glanced at each other and shook their heads. It was never easy telling a person that a loved one had passed over, let alone been murdered. Sally waited for a few minutes before she placed a hand over the woman’s and asked is she was okay.
“Not really. Would you be? What happened?”
“It’s difficult to tell right now. We were called out to the crime scene, and discovered you sister’s body.”
“In a church?” Darla frowned.
“Actually, she was found outside, in the graveyard.”
“Shit! How did she die?”
Sally swallowed hard. “I’m not going to lie to you. Her naked body was found propped up against a gravestone.”
Darla stared at her open-mouthed for a few seconds, then she found her voice again. “Was she raped?”
Sally nodded. “I’m sorry. There’s no other way to say it. If it’s any consolation, the suspect left valuable DNA at the scene. We’re hopeful that will lead to his capture soon.”
“He did? Then why aren’t you out there, going after him? Sorry, dumb question.”
“Not at all. A logical one under the circumstances. We have to inform the next of kin before we can begin our investigation.”
“I see. Do you have a suspect in mind? Any witnesses?”
Sally shock her head. “Not yet. Can I ask when you last saw your sister?”
“Just before her shift last night. I came home from the office at five thirty. We passed on the stairs, as she had to get to work before her shift started at six.”
“Does your sister have a boyfriend?
“No. she’s not the type to settle down with one person. Umm… that sounded bad, didn’t it?”
“Not at all” Given Sally’s own experiences with men, she totally understood why women wouldn’t want to start a permanent relationship with a man in today’s world.
Review (I gave 5* on Amazon)
Wrong Place is the first in a new crime series by Mel Comley. It features a strong new female lead, DI Sally Parker, and her work partner, Jack. Women are being murdered after meeting someone where they work. The investigation appears to be helped by evidence found at each crime scene, but will it be as useful as it looks?
You learn about Sally’s recent relationship problems early on and how it has impacted on her life. This doesn’t interfere with the developments of the investigation, but explains some of her reactions to the situations she finds herself in. Her working relationship with Jack comes across as realistic. They don’t get on all the time, but know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and when the other needs help.
I really enjoyed this book. I like how the author mixes graphic tense prose with more light-hearted sarcasm and humour between Sally, Jack and the rest of the team. I’m looking forward to reading future cases from this series.
You can find Wrong Place here on Amazon
The follow up to The Wrong Place is called No Hiding Place and is currently available to pre-order here on Amazon. The discovery of Gemma Whiting’s bludgeoned body within spitting distance of her family home, opens a new case for DI Sally Parker, one that quickly embroils her in Gemma’s feud with male family members. The more Sally digs, the longer her suspect list grows.
Mel has also written a series of 12 books called The Justice Series featuring Lorne Simpkins, an English police investigator who tackles a wide range of difficult cases from murder to human trafficking. You can click on the images below to be taken to the first three books of the series.