Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Six crime novels where past & present crimes are connected

S. C. Perkins is a fifth-generation Texan who grew up hearing fascinating stories of her ancestry and eating lots of great Tex-Mex, both of which inspired the plot of her debut mystery novel, Murder Once Removed.

At CrimeReads she tagged six crime novels where past and present crimes are connected, including:
The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths

Griffiths’ first novel in the series features Dr. Ruth Galloway, a forensic anthropologist who’s content to live in a remote area of Norfolk, England, with only her cats and her daily life of digs at an Iron Age site. While usually she identifies ancient artifacts and bones, her calm life changes when the bones of a child are found on the beach. It is believed they may be those of a little girl named Lucy Downey, who disappeared ten years earlier. Galloway is asked to identify the bones by Detective Chief Inspector Nelson, who continues to receive strange, harassing letters by the person believed to have kidnaped the little girl. When a second girl is reported missing and the details are eerily similar to the abduction of Lucy Downey, Galloway must determine if the killer is the same person or someone new who’s copying the decade-old murder.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Crossing Places.

--Marshal Zeringue