Summer of Ghosts, by PD Viner

The market for crime novels is huge. Massive. Ginormous.

House in the countrysideThe market for crime novels is huge. Massive. Ginormous. It seems we can’t get enough of them - from scandi-noir to good old-fashioned whodunnits.

Agatha Christie is still ranked best-selling author and is still the most borrowed author from the libraries. It is, I think, a very English thing, too. Not that other countries are lacking in their own crime genres, but we do rather love them here. I think we can blame a lot on Midsomer Murders for that.

It seems to me that PD Viner has joined a very illustrious band with this book. It’s a haunting tale of memory and mortality. It could so easily have become a book about revenge (after all, what father wouldn’t want the most terrible revenge on the murderer of his daughter?). But then, not every daughter's father is a notorious London drug lord. Franco will call in every debt that he’s ever been owed to find the murderer, including a debt owed to him by DI Tom Bevans.

Bevans has his own ghosts to lay to rest, with every unsolved crime weighing heavily on his shoulders.

This is a genuinely fascinating and entertaining book. If you like crime novels that are a bite above the rest and enjoy some clever plotting, then this is for you.

The book raises some interesting questions about loss and remembering loved ones with a clarity of vision and hard won emotional control. DI Tom Bevans is set to be a classic detective.