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Another excellent cold case thriller from A J Cross

A Little Death A forensic cold-case mystery featuring Dr Kate Hanson by A. J. Cross Severn House Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 01 May 2017


Once again A J Cross has given readers an excellent mystery with many surprising twists. Dr Kate Hanson is a forensic psychologist with the Unsolved Crime Unit. When the body of a young woman who had gone missing the year before is discovered, badly decomposed, in a shallow grave, Hanson and her team are given the case. Physical cues to manner of death are few, as are reliable witnesses. The witness who has the most to offer, a disabled man known to be a fantasist, would not do well in court. Unless Kate and the others can figure out the how and the why, a dangerous man may claim yet another victim.

A J Cross does a great job making Kate Hanson and the other officers real and believable. They are individuals, not cardboard cutouts. Both the characters and the story easily fall into the realm of the possible, making it easy for readers to suspend their disbelief.

If you enjoy British police procedurals and are looking for something slightly different from the normal fare, A Little Death is an excellent choice.

5 / 5

I received a copy of A Little Death from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are facing their most challenging cold case yet: the year-old murder of a female student. When, a year after she went missing, the body of 19-year-old student Elizabeth Williams is discovered in a field near her college, Dr Kate Hanson and her colleagues are faced with a seemingly impossible challenge. The badly decomposed remains are offering up few clues, and witnesses are proving either unreliable or reluctant to talk at all. With little in the way of forensic evidence, Kate realizes that if she is to have any chance of discovering who killed Elizabeth, she must find out what motivated the killer, the reason behind the murder, the why. To do that, she must look beyond what she and her colleagues are being told by those who knew Elizabeth – and into the twisted psyche of a dangerous murderer: a killer whom Kate suspects is ready to kill again.

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