A partner in a successful law firm in the seaside town of Hastings dies when his penchant for erotic auto-asphyxiation apparently goes too far. The head of the Crown Prosecution Service in E Sussex is photographed drunk and undressed at a well-known dogging location. A corporate lawyer in a city finance company is found drugged and drowned in his employer s swimming pool. What is the connection between these bizarre incidents and have they been deliberately set up?
Dr Jo Hughes is convinced that there is a connection, even if the police do not agree. As she searches for the reason behind the deaths and attacks, she begins to realise that there will be more, and that Detective Inspector Steve Miller may well be the next victim.
Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Crime Scene Books for my ARC of the Jocasta Hughes Mystery, #YOUTOO, the 3rd in the series, though the first I’ve read, it was easy to pick up and read as standalone.
When a lawyer is found dead, in what is an extremely compromising situation, it appears a sordid accident has taken place, with Jocasta Hughes looking into things, it soon becomes apparent that further accidents or suicides are indeed linked, these deaths involving people in the legal profession, or positions of power.
Working with the married DI Steve Miller, who Jocasta seems to carry a torch for, which is also reciprocated, the team begins their investigations..
Jocasta meanwhile, a GP as her day job, is juggling both her job, and part-time forensic work, she’s a strong stubborn determined character and is extremely likeable as the main protagonist.
The book also follows Jocasta with the trials and tribulations of day to day life as a GP, in particular a couple of quite troublesome patients, so as much as this is a crime thriller it’s also a look at the life of a GP, which is quite an interesting premise, and Jocasta certainly has her hands full, but you can see this character would not have it any other way!
Some good twists , and a story of power and sexual abuse is never a comfortable read but Candy Denman writes an intriguing and compelling thriller , with an easy to read writing style,I really liked this one.
Candy Denman is a Crime and TV script writer of programmes such as The Bill, Heartbeat and Doctors. Author of the Dr Jocasta Hughes crime series set in Hastings