Presumed Dead review

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Goodreads: Dylan Scott has problems. Dismissed in disgrace from the police force for assaulting a suspect, he has no job, his wife has thrown him out and-worse luck-his mother has moved in. So when Holly Champion begs him to investigate the disappearance of her mother thirteen years ago, he can’t say no, even though it means taking up residence in the dreary Lancashire town of Dawson’s Clough for the duration.

Although the local police still believe Anita Champion took off for a better life, Dylan’s inquiries turn up plenty of potential suspects: the drug-dealing, muscle-bound bouncer at the club where Anita was last seen; the missing woman’s four girlfriends, out for revenge; the local landowner with rumored mob connections-the list goes on. But no one is telling Dylan all they know-and he soon finds that one sleepy Northern town can keep a lot of secrets.

Well, another decent read from Shirley Wells.  This is the first Dylan Scott mystery – I had read #4 a week or so ago and decided to go back to the beginning.  In it we find Dylan battling with his pride, self-worth and humiliation over being thrown out of not only the police station but also the marital home.

Let me just interject a bit of reality here – I worked with law enforcement officers for eight years and none of them have the issues that the lawmen in Hollywood films and books seem to have.  They aren’t drunks, womanizers, brutal or power hungry.  So yes, it does wear a bit on me in crime dramas that the cop usually has some personal demon or is always in trouble with the law in some form or other.

But anyway, it is what it is.  I have to say, the writing is good and I will read more of the Dylan Scott series.  Once again, I knew who the killer was early on but the motive escaped me until the last possible moment.

The story is sad – a woman who goes missing right as life is picking up for her.  It moves along at a bit of a slow pace but it would have to as it was a cold case – can’t move quickly along after thirteen years.  This is Dylan’s first case as a private investigator so he makes a few missteps along the way as well.

Interesting book.  Perfect for the beach or a quiet evening at home.  I give it an A.

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