by Ann Cleeves
This is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series. I was somewhat disappointed in the book, as it was not as engaging to me as most of the author’s other books. This may be due to the book’s premise. Vera has been sent to a different jurisdiction than her usual one to investigate a 10-year-old murder. She is to serve as a fresh pair of eyes in the case when the woman convicted of the crime is found to be innocent. As a cold case, there is a lot of exposition on what happened in the past before the present-day investigation can begin, and I think this slows down the narrative. The last half of the book is more engaging.