This was a great book! I cannot understand why this series isn't more popular because it is absolutely fantastic. This is the second book in the Crimson Lake series which is probably best when read in order if at all possible. This book hooked me from the first page and never let up. I found this book to be a very enjoyable read.
Ted Conkaffey once worked as a police detective. That was in his life before he was accused of kidnapping and raping young Claire Bingley. Before his life fell apart. Now he lives alone caring for a flock of geese and working with private detective, Amanda Pharrell. Most of Australia thinks he is guilty including Claire's father who shows up at his house ready to settle the score.
Amanda and Ted are called to work on a double murder at a local tavern and end up working closely with the police. Were the two young employees murdered during a robbery or is there something else going on? Ted is dividing his time between this case and the new developments in his own case. Both cases were incredibly well-done and I was equally invested in each of them. I really felt for Ted as he dealt with the stress of finding the real abductor and doing his part to work on the double murder case with Amanda.
This book was very well written. The characters are wonderful and flawed. Ted has been through a lot and it is easy to feel for him. Amanda doesn't follow society's rules but her unique view of the world seems to give her an edge in solving cases. I thought that the two mysteries worked well in this book and were nicely balanced. The pacing was expertly done and I found this book to be quite the page-turner.
I would highly recommend this book to others. This is a wonderful series filled with unique and interesting characters and a pair of compelling mysteries. I can't wait to read more from this talented author.
I won a copy of this book from Forge Books via Bookish First.