Publisher: Headspace Books
Format: Ebook & Paperback (16 October 2023)
On the morning after his thirtieth wedding anniversary Stewart Harding is found dead. He was an arrogant and thoroughly unpleasant man and there is no shortage of suspects, but all of them have firm alibis. In any case, everything points towards it being an opportunistic killing linked to a robbery.
Newly promoted DI Mark Webber is assigned as the SIO with Gillian Marsh overseeing the investigation. However, when her mother dies, she takes leave of absence and lets Webber continue on his own.
Webber is making good progress until his colleague – and secret lover – DC Erin Macfadyen disappears without trace. Webber’s world falls apart.
DCI Marsh cuts her bereavement leave short to take over the investigation into Stewart Harding’s death and to track down her missing officer.
There is no doubt that she will find Harding’s killer, but will she find Erin and are the two cases connected?
My thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invitation. I’m pleased to share an extract today of Out of Sight.
Gillian was waiting for Almond with bated breath. She wanted to be the first to know the cause of death so that she had her customary head start on her team. In her heart of hearts, she was still leading the investigation into Stewart Harding’s death. Webber was merely getting under her feet, his suddenly elevated rank of no consequence to Gillian’s fossilised preconceptions about who was in charge.
She expected Almond to be late. He would want to complete the autopsy tonight and have his report ready first thing in the morning. Gillian appreciated his thoroughness and attention to detail. He was a man after her own heart. As a lover he commanded admirable staying power, and understood that with Gillian being already married to her job, he was just a bit on the side. Gillian believed she and Michael Almond had a good thing going between them. She hadn’t been this content with her personal life in years.
Nine o’clock came and went. She was feeling restless. There was a case to be solved out there but she had nothing to sink her teeth into: no witness statements, no forensic reports, no post-mortem. She settled in front of the TV, surfed the channels aimlessly and paused on what looked like Star Trek, judging by Patrick Stewart’s maroon uniform.
Fritz arrived and nestled next to her, digging his claws into her thigh and pushing her out of his space as he pretended to be stretching. Fritz, she knew, enjoyed a good film, especially long-running franchises. His familiarity with the characters allowed him to nod off through some of the scenes without losing the plot. Corky had no interest in cinematography. He was somewhere else in the house, probably in his bed under the stairs. Gillian shoved the cat back to his own half of the sofa. Reluctantly, he rolled into a furball. Given half a chance he would colonise the entire house, relegating the other occupants to the cellar. Maybe she should ban Fritz from watching Star Trek – he was getting all the wrong ideas from there. Inconspicuously, Fritz gradually unfurled until he was back to where he had started.
Fortunately for him, Gillian’s mobile rang. It was Michael.
Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mysteries. Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humour, through magic realism to dystopia. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.
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