Well, hello there! It has been much too long since I’ve posted here. I didn’t mean to go so long without writing anything but, you know,…life. Not that I’ve had a lot of stress or craziness – it just seems that when I’m in the day to day stream of living blogging seems to come last. But I’d really love to make it a priority for the rest of the year. So, here’s to a new start!
Last weekend I was in the mood to read something engrossing, fast-paced with great characters, preferably set in England. While searching my shelves I remembered that I had checked Missing, Presumed out from the library and it was sitting in my library stack – it was meant to be. I opened it, began to read, and almost didn’t stop until I finished it on Monday evening.
Set in Cambridge and centered on DS Manon Bradshaw and her colleagues, Missing, Presumed starts off with a report of a missing Cambridge student, Edith Hind. The door to Edith’s house is ajar and there is blood on her kitchen floor which immediately elevates the case to a high priority status. As Manon and the rest of her team, including her supervisor Harriet and her affable friend Davy, rush to find clues frustration takes over as they find nothing to really lead them to locating Edith. As weeks go by their desperation grows until Edith’s surprising link to an ex inmate rushes them toward the startling resolution.
At the same time as we’re following the investigation we’re also learning about Manon’s messy love life and Davy’s dissatisfaction with his jealous girlfriend. Though the novel is told from multiple view points (Manon, Davy, the victim’s mother) I feel Manon is most definitely the main and most interesting character and the one I think the series will follow on to the next book. The character development in this novel is its strong suit as the actual mystery layer is not as well developed as in some of the best mysteries, but I’m hoping that the author will focus more on that aspect of her series in the next volume. So though this is not the most fantastic mystery I’ve read it is a solid start to a new series and I will probably read the next one when it’s released in summer 2017.
Have you read any good mysteries lately?
5 thoughts on “Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner”
I’m so glad you’re back, I was missing you!
I haven’t read anything by Steiner but this one is in a local library so I’ll give it a go sometime. Thanks.
Happy to be back – I missed you too! I need to visit your blog very soon.
Hiiii! So great to see you again!! I haven’t read any great new mysteries lately, but I am going back and revisiting my old favorites, the Amelia Peabody mysteries. I’m reading Deeds of the Disturber this week and feeling awfully awfully fond of it.
Hi Jenny! Can you believe that I have never read the Amelia Peabody series, not even one? I’ve heard how good they are so someday I will remedy that.
This one sounds good and is on my To Read list. Your description of it reminds me a little of J.K. Rowling’s Robert Galbraith novels, which I love and actually read more for their character development than for their mystery plots.