In contrast to what you might read in the title, the Rocks do not refer to the beach. They refer to a mansion but to me the Rocks refer to the main characters. How far will a parent go to protect their child? What sacrifices is one person willing to make to ensure someone else’s happiness even if that means forsaking their own?
Murder at the Rocks starts with the introduction of Laurence and Julia Harford, their entire relationship and marriage explained in one smashing scene. Then, we meet Nicholas Harford. Nick is the only child of Laurence’s brother, Edward Harford. And so the book begins …
Despite a good education, good looks, and girlfriends, Nick’s life is troubled. He lost his mother at an early age and he is estranged from his father Edward who passes away before the two can make amends. Due to the fact that Laurence and Edward did not see eye to eye (to put it mildly), Nick has not been in touch with anyone in the family for years. So when he returns to his hometown, he finds himself an orphan, faced with his father’s last notes to him, and of course, his father’s last will and testament. The rest you will have to read on your own.
Murder at the Rocks is very well written. The book is fast paced and will keep you guessing until the end. It features Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn and his team. His character is one you will like instantly. An old-fashion cop who believes in integrity and going by the book. Diligently, the team works together to find out what happened to the victim.
This book is written in the style that I like. We know that someone was murdered but, instead of showering the reader with a lot of gory details Paterson only tells you exactly what you need to know to solve the crime. The violence in the book is implied and to me that makes Paterson the better author. Let me know what you think about this writing style.
Murder at the Rocks is the second book in the Fitzjohn Mystery Series. The first one was the Celtic Dagger. I hope that one will also become available as an eBook. Follow Jill Paterson on Twitter for the latest.
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