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No Place to Die    by Clare Donoghue order for
No Place to Die
by Clare Donoghue
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Minotaur, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

No Place to Die follows Never Look Back as the second in a police procedural series starring Detective Inspector Mike Lockyer (head of homicide in the South London police force) and his loyal subordinate, DS Jane Bennett.

Jane's young son is autistic and her parents give her a great deal of help with his care. She has just found out that Mike's brother is also autistic, something he had kept hidden. Jane was very hurt by his lack of trust in her. Their previous case left Mike traumatized and in some trouble with his bosses - he was involved with a witness, who later became a serial killer's victim. Now Mike seems distant and unwilling to get involved in cases they should be working together.

There is still fallout from that older case to be worked. Then Jane is called by an old friend to say that her husband, retired policeman Mark Leech, has disappeared. Blood traces are found in their home - does Mark's disappearance have anything to do with a case he worked before his retirement?

Searching for Mark, police find a tomb, but he's not in it. Instead there's the corpse of a young woman, buried alive with a tiny camera capturing her suffering and agonizing final moments. As Jane pursues her investigation - and worries about Mike's state of mind - readers share the thoughts of an entombed victim. Who is it? Unfortunately police find more buried corpses. Soon they have a suspect but the facts just don't add up in Jane's mind.

As always Jane gets her man, but he almost gets her first. And the identity and motivation of the killer are both surprising and shocking. This is a series that I thoroughly enjoy and I look forward to more.

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