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The Raging Storm: A Detective Matthew Venn Novel

Minotaur: St. Martin’s (Two Rivers, Bk. 3). Sept. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9781250836779. $29. M
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Greystone, in England’s North Devon, is a remote, forbidding, stormy coastal community where lifeboats are essential. When Jeremy Roscoe walks into the Maiden’s Prayer, he’s welcomed as a local legend, an adventurer who attended Greystone schools and left to sail the world, becoming a TV star and celebrity. Now he’s right there, renting a cottage, buying rounds in the bar every night. He slyly hints he’s waiting for someone. But when he fails to show up one night, the locals feel cheated. Then the lifeboat is called out for a rescue, but it’s too late—national treasure Roscoe is dead, in a stolen dinghy. Detective Matthew Venn and his small team report to Greystone, and it’s a bitter return for Venn, who was there as a child with his parents’ religious group, the Barum Brethren; some of the locals still belong to the group that Venn left. When another body is found, Venn realizes he’s not the only one with bitter memories of Greystone.
VERDICT The third (after The Heron’s Cry) in Cleeves’s award-winning series is an atmospheric police procedural that builds on the other books while introducing fascinating suspects.
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