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The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley

Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter has stepped away from her police career in London after a painful divorce with a fellow police officer who had been her husband. She is now rebuilding her life and is renovating a cottage in the country, contemplating getting serious about her art. But then she is persuaded by her old boss to take on an investigation at Fleat House, a small private boarding school in Norfolk. A student has suddenly died – is it an accident, suicide or murder?

Jazz begins investigating the tragic death with her team. The deceased, Charles Cavendish, is revealed to be a bully. Many people around him had the motive and opportunity to replace his epilepsy drugs with the aspirin that killed him.

But then there is another death of one of the staff and the disappearance of a young pupil, Rory Millar, and things get very complicated as Jazz works all the leads. Everything seems to be linked to events in the past.

Lucinda Riley sadly passed away in 2020 after a battle with cancer, but readers will be pleased to read this book that she wrote before her untimely death. It’s as good as any of her previous books, which have been multi-million copy bestsellers. Lucinda knows how to tell a great story with characters you will care for, while adding a few twists and turns to create great drama. Read The Murders at Fleat House and you will see what I am talking about. A page-turning, emotionally engaging read!

Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Macmillan Publishers