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Deadly Harvest (by Carolyn Walker)

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Deadly Harvest 

by Carolyn Walker


 

Author:

Carolyn Walker is hardly known in the German speaking world. Besides Deadly Harvest (2002) a second novel written by her is available* at local bookshops, namely The Beast (2007).

*available - erhältlich

 

Content:

In the middle of the night Jane Honeywell, the new chief inspector, gets a phone call from her colleague Peter Fish: The corpse of a woman has been found on Mervin Peck´s Chittleham farm. Jane immediately heads* there to examine the dead body. Jane and Peter Fish also talk to Brian, who found the woman, and Mervin, who tells them that he was fast asleep when the dead woman was discovered. A thorough investigation begins and everyone at the police department is very excited about the case, because such a crime is very rare hereabouts**. After some time, the police discover the identity of the victim and find out that she joined a local animal rights group shortly before her death. Moreover, they bring to light that she had an affair with Jack Peck, Mervin's married brother. Thereupon,*** Jane and Pete visit Jack Peck and interrogate him, but Jack has an alibi: he was working at the factory when the murder was committed. Afterwards, Jane drives to Mervin's farm, where she detects some really sick sheep. Suddenly, Mervin is threating to kill her at gunpoint****. Then, he changes his mind and tries to get away in his car. After a spectacular car chase, Jane manages to arrest Mervin. At the police station, he gives away an important secret, which changes the whole investigation in an unexpected way! If you want to know how the story ends, you´ll have to read it on your own.

*to head to - sich auf den Weg machen nach     **hereabouts - in dieser Gegend     ***thereupon - daraufhin     ****at gunpoint - mit vorgehaltener Pistole

 

Recommendation:

Deadly Harvest is a well- written murder mystery. However, it´s only recommendable for older students because of its plot. In contrast to most other crime stories, the chief inspector (the main character) is a woman here, which makes the book appealing to both sexes. Unfortunately, there are some parts in it which are boring to read. Nevertheless, it makes a good read and is - apart from a few difficult words - easy to understand.

(mh)