He wasn’t always a killer. At first, he just wanted to talk.
D.C. Charlie Stafford has an odd case on her hands. And it may be her toughest one yet.
A burglar who isn’t interested in valuables, the subject of Operation Greystream is a strange but smooth operator. In the dead of night, gloved and masked, he visits the elderly. He doesn’t hurt them and, if they beg, he won’t take anything of real value.
All he wants is conversation… and they’re powerless to refuse him.
But then 87-year-old Florence Briarly is found by her friend, cold to the touch and neatly, too neatly, tucked into bed. And Charlie realises this case has taken a sinister, urgent turn. Now this stealthy burglar has had a taste of murder, it’s only a matter of time until he craves it again…
Daddy’s Girls is the 5th book in the DC Charlie Stafford series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.
Elderly Florence has an intruder in her house, he wants to talk……but the following day her friend George, finds her body.
Charlie is part of Operation Greystream, as they try to catch a burglar who breaks into elderly people’s homes, he chats and takes a small souvenir ….but now it seems he has escalated to murder.
Running parallel is the story of Thomas, who is dealing with the death of his wife Catherine in the worst way possible….he is a drug addict and his poor daughter, Emma is struggling to keep it all together and deal with her own grief. But then Thomas tells her Catherine has come back, he’s seen her, he’s watching her…
Are these two cases linked?
This is a solid police procedural with plenty of character background so they have a real personality and sometimes messy lives of their own. The thought of someone targeting the most vulnerable older people is a scary thought and this tale really does have a sense of menace and you wonder who will be next…..
I found this to be very well plotted with a few surprises too …totally gripping from start to finish. I can thoroughly recommend it.
Thank you to Victoria Joss at Head of Zeus and Aria Fiction for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.