This time we have two murders straight away, both men killed different ways and with a curious connection. An older man found stabbed and his identity, at first, was a complete mystery. The younger man called Patrick Randle was found face up in a ditch. Patrick was a house sitter at a large country house - the same place mystery man was found stabbed. The only connection the two men had was an interest in moths yet they did not seem to know one another.
When Vera starts the investgation she and her team, DC Holly Clarke and DS Joe Ashworth, start interviews with the residents of Valley Farm. Nigel and Lorraine, Sam and Annie and Jan and her professor husband. All of these couples have secrets, some relative to the investigation.
There were enough clues to set me thinking I absolutely knew what the motive would be and how it would end. Nope! I was completely surprised.
What I loved was the quick mind and investigative thought process Vera displays in all the books. What I didn't care for was the constant reminders of Vera's weight and her health issues. If you have read this series in order you will be well acquainted with how fat Vera Stanhope is and her occassional inner thoughts about being alone. It seemed to be hammered in with this novel. Lighten up there, please.
I would like to see more development with Holly Clarke's character. She was quite introspective in this book and I wondered if she would soon be written out. She sounds like she has plenty of personal secrets and it would be interesting to know more about her.
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