The Last Party

Sourcebooks Landmark. (DC Morgan, Bk. 1). Nov. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781728250960. $27.99. M
On the Welsh side of Mirror Lake, New Year’s means the annual plunge into the freezing lake for all the villagers. On the English side, the wealthy residents of The Shore, a luxury development of lakeside lodges, celebrate New Year’s Eve with a party, inviting their village neighbors from Cwm Coed. When Rhys Lloyd, owner of The Shore, is found floating in the water on New Year’s Day, all the local residents are suspects. The villagers resent the development, and blame Rhys, who already had a reputation as the local bad boy. Detective Constables Ffion Morgan and Leo Brody are assigned the case. But everyone has secrets, including Ffion, and her secrets could sabotage the investigation. While the police seem to find Rhys’s killer in just two weeks, the effects of accusations and rumors, affairs and broken marriages, and drugs and booze, could change lives forever. Neither police officer comes out of the investigation unscathed, but Ffion’s secret from her past results in several shocking developments.
VERDICT The author of Hostage launches a police procedural series featuring well-developed, complex characters. The format alternates between the party and the investigation in a gripping story with twists and turns.
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