The book starts with a murder on a stalled Metro train. The setting is northern England, Christmas time, snow causing delays for all the travelers. Sgt. Joe Ashworth is trying to get home with his daughter when the train stops. The lights go out and in that short time an elderly woman is murdered - it's Joe's young daughter Jess who discovers the body as she tries to awaken the woman.
I like the character Joe Ashworth and am pleased how his role is developing in this series. Vera is not an easy woman to work for and has some annoying traits but she is mellowing.
The investigation begins on Harbour Street where the murdered woman lived and through the questioning, it appears there are shady connections with residents of the street. There is another mystery and murder which will relate to an unsolved case from decades prior.
This is book 6 in the Vera Stanhope series. I love the detective Vera for her flaws, for not being the well dressed, elegant beautiful detective star so many series have. Vera can be ill tempered and impatient, a loner who imbibes too much some days, a woman who exudes confidence yet is scarred by her father Hector's verbal abuse when she was a child. That's a side she never shares publicly.
Onward to the last three in this series and I will be caught up.