Lindsay Ashford

Lindsay Ashford – The Killer Inside

""This is an intensely readable book…" "


This story is set in Wales, near the cottage once owned by Megan Rhys' grandmother. Megan is to speak at a Police Conference on sex offenders in West Wales and is spending a few days relaxing by the sea at the cottage, which now belongs to Megan and her sister Ceri.

The period of relaxation is rudely interrupted by the discovery of a body in marshland near to the golf club. Because of the preservative qualities of the peat it is not immediately obvious how long the body has been there. It may be an example of an ancient body, well preserved, and this possibility excites a local archaeologist whose speciality is the preservation of bodies in the marsh.

Megan uses her skills in forensic psychology to unravel the secrets of the body in the bog, whilst her sister falls for another disastrous man and this time manages to rescue herself from the situation.

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This is the fourth book in the Megan Rhys series and continues the excellent story-telling qualities of the others. Megan is a strong character with a complicated private life who knows the system and uses her knowledge to pursue justice. Lindsay Ashford displays a fine understanding of life and human nature that contributes to the authenticity of the stories. In Megan's own life she finds herself in unconventional situations where her wide circle of friends is a lifeline. She is a very sympathetic character who draws you into her world. The reader ends up caring (and despairing) about what happens to her. Megan's relationships with the police in this case are strained, and I am not convinced how much Megan's independent actions are possible or realistic. A fine addition to a reliable and enjoyable series.

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