I waited a while for After Ariel and Diana Hockley didn't fail to deliver a good story. On a flight home, Ariel meets a young man who tickles her fancy. Soon after, they indulge in loveplay that ends in her death. On the heels of her death comes another, and Detective Inspector Susan Prescott is called on to solve the cases, which she thinks are connected
Pamela Miller, classical flautist, and cousin to one of the dead women drops in the middle of the case and goes through her own little bit of hell.
A good writer can make a reader sympathize with the bad 'un in a novel and Hockey does exactly that. The reader gets to see how Dingo evolves into the man he's become. Abused as a child, driven, talented and unaware of his own strength. I guessed his identity and then I wasn't sure he was the one because Hockley throws red herrings here and there in the story.
The case is eventually solved, Pamela Miller finds a suitor and DI Susan Prescott doesn't get a chance to share an exciting bit of news with her husband, who is away on an undercover job.
Hockley does a stellar job with the pace and tension throughout the story, as well as keeping the reader attuned to all the characters in this crime drama.
Waiting to see where DI Prescott's adventures take her next.
After Ariel on Amazon.