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Death’s Silent Judgement by Anne Coates. Book Review

August 17, 2017

Deaths Silent Judgement

Following the traumatic events of her exposé of the exploitation of prostitutes, Hannah Weybridge has now got her life back on track and is on a retainer at The News. But when her friend Liz Rayman, a dentist doing charity work at a local church is horrifically murdered, Hannah finds herself, once again in the middle of an investigation and attracting the attention of a ruthless murderer.

There is nothing fancy about Hannah. She’s an ordinary single mother, who is not trained in self-defence or operating in a world of sophisticated contacts. By setting the story in the 1990s she is also not able to hook up to instant information through a smart phone. This is investigation the old-fashioned way and by someone approaching it through a journalist’s method of research, which leads to Hannah making some interesting contacts.

There is a police presence in the book, which does complement Hanna’s investigations and gives another perspective on what might be going on, as well as the extent of danger Hannah might be landing herself in.

That a single mother of a toddler should embark on such risky investigations might seem a stretch of the imagination, but Hannah is a journalist and, therefore, somewhat addicted to rooting out the truth. As Liz had been a very dear friend the murder is also very close to home. As with the previous Hannah Weybridge book, Dancers in the Wind, the concern for Hannah and her daughter adds a particular tension to the plot. Keeping the chapters short and the writing crisp also pushes the story along.

Hannah’s past and present love life, or potential love life also adds some depth to the plot to round out someone who is a well-developed character.

Death’s Silent Judgement was courtesy of Urbane Publications.

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