Our dear Jane Tennison is back in her 7th book. She's still fighting the good fight against crime and for women's participation in the larger world of policing. We're close to the end of the 1980's. Jane's experience with her male coworkers have made her a little touchy and given her a reputation of working alone. Can you blame her, those of you who worked with men during those years, when a woman had to work twice as hard to be thought half as good as any man.
This time she's sent to a building site where a casket has been discovered. The location is a closed convent and the body is that of an unknown nun. Evidence indicates the nun was murdered. There is no record of a burial. Jane is tasked with finding out who she was and who killed her.
This is a British police procedural. I love procedurals, and the English ones are especially tasty. They keep me up on British English too. Every time anyone working on the case returned to the station, they had to write a report about what the did, who they talked to, what was said and any other thing they may have observed that might be relevant. A great deal of time is spent in meetings. One of the things held against Jane is her tendency to miss meetings because she's off, by herself, chasing leads and not telling everybody what she's doing or thinking.
She's more of a team player this time. She has a junior officer that she's teaching and watching. It make for an interesting collaboration. She almost has a serious boyfriend too, but the realities of her job make it impossible.
I am enjoying this series very much. In this one the solutions to the various crimes make sense even if not all the crimes are officially cleared. Politics have a habit of getting in the way. Once you read this book, you will see what I mean. I encourage you to pick this one up at your earliest convenience.
I received the copy of the book I read for this review from BookishFirst.