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Under a Silent Moon – Elizabeth Haynes (DI Louisa Smith Book 1)

Under a Silent Moon – Elizabeth Haynes (DI Louisa Smith Book 1) – Genre – Crime/Police

BlurbTwo women share one fate.

A suspected murder at an English Farm. A reported suicide at a local quarry.

Can DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence and discover a link between them, a link which sealed their fate one cold night, Under a Silent Moon?

A tense, compelling and unsettling novel mystery brimming with source material and evidence set over just six days, Under a Silent Moon will keep you gripped until the very last page and asks:

Can you connect the clues and name the Killer?

In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman’s body inside was found at the bottom of the pit.

As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths-a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

In this first entry in a compelling new detective series, Elizabeth Haynes interweaves fictional primary source materials-police reports, phone messages, interviews-and multiple character viewpoints to create a sexy, edgy, and compulsively readable tale of murder, mystery, and unsettling suspense.

My Review:  Being a self-proclaimed Elizabeth Haynes groupie I was very eager to read Under A Silent Moon especially as I love a good police procedural book.  It is clear from the start that this is not the “standard crime novel” as it’s obvious the author has used her own personal experience as a police intelligence analyst to create a detailed and authentic storyline which starts with the discovery of a brutal murder and a suspected suicide on the same night in a small village.  With the added inclusion of police reports, departmental emails and documents this book makes the reader feel part of the investigation.  This is the start of a really well executed and original police procedural series with fascinating characters with lots of twists and turns.

About the Author: Elizabeth Haynes worked for many years as a police analyst. Her debut novel, Into the Darkest Corner, won Amazon’s Book of the Year in 2011 and Amazon’s Rising Star Award for debut novels.

Elizabeth grew up in Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University. She is currently taking a career break having worked for the past seven years as a police intelligence analyst. Elizabeth now lives in Kent with her husband and son, and writes in coffee shops and a shed-office which takes up most of the garden. She is a regular participant in, and a Municipal Liaison for, National Novel Writing Month – an annual challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

Books in series:

  1.  Under A Silent Moon
  2. Behind Closed Doors

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