With thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
Nurse Maura Lyle had been on sick leave with depression since the death of her ex-husband Richard. When Maura is offered as a job as a private nurse on a personal recommendation she jumps at the chance to leave home for a while.
The job is to look after the elderly and infirm Gordon Henderson in his home Essen Grange. Gordon's cousin and carer Estelle Hall was in hospital after falling down stairs. Maura knew she had made a mistake when she first set eyes on the foreboding Essen Grange.
Mr Henderson was a nasty old man. He deliberately wet himself and fell from his chair to test Maura's patience. When she tried to pick him up he bit her cheek and scratched her. Cheryl is the cleaner at the Grange, she is a strange quick tempered woman who warns her not to roam around the house.
On the first night alone in the house the lights trip and a window smashes. Days later a body is dug up by builders who are building a housing estate on the edge of Essen Grange. Policeman DS Mike Poole and colleague DC Gallan try to interview Mr Henderson but he refuses to answer their questions. Then Mr Henderson is found dead, suffocated with his own scarf. With further bodies piling up associated to Essen Grange, Poole and Hallam try to find out the truth.
This was a clever plot with twists and turns a plenty. I liked DC Gallant and DI James who bought humour to the story. My only grip was it was difficult to remember all the extended family members and their relationship to Gordon Henderson.
This was my first book written by Ann Troup but I will definitely read more books by her in the future.