DI Joe Rafferty is a man with problems. His fiancée wants a royal wedding on his distinctly non-royal salary, and his boss is hounding him to solve the muggings of loan shark collectors. As if he doesn’t have enough mush in his bowl, a collector ends up with his head bashed in, and Rafferty and his partner, DS Dafyd Llewellyn must find the killer.
Death Dues by Geraldine Evans is British cozy mystery at its best, with witty conversations between Rafferty and Llewellyn, and no end to twists, red herrings, and misdirection to keep you guessing until the very end. Evans paints a full-color – though not rosy – picture of Essex and its environs, and trots out a cast of characters that you want to love, hate, and smash – in no particular order.
I read a free review copy of Death Dues, and found that I couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the end, and then had to go back to search for the clues I somehow missed the first time through. If you like traditional British mysteries, you’ll absolutely love Death Dues.