The author of The Long Call returns with a follow-up in her Two Rivers series. Here British Detective Matthew Venn is called to North Devon, where he finds the elaborately staged murder of Dr. Nigel Yeo—fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases. But when Venn finds that the daughter is close friends with his own husband, he must manage a case that hits very close to home.
The vivid setting in The Heron's Cry casts the terrifying specter of violent death against the backdrop of carefree summer sunshine with maximum effect. The multi-dimensional lead characters have edges and scars—they're not always likable but are ultimately intriguing. A powerful cast of secondary characters are treated with the same compassionate insight. Fans of the author's beloved Vera and Shetland dramas will not be disappointed in Detective Venn's sleuthing skills.
Many characters are acquainted with one another in this novel thick with entanglements, and things only get more confused when a second victim is killed in the same manner as the first. 'Too much going on,' a frustrated Venn complains. 'Too many connections. Too many motives.' Not so many, though, as to prevent the conscientious Venn from sorting everything out, in this well-plotted novel of unremitting suspense.
Venn and his fellow inspectors interview virtually every member of this insular, bucolic community in search of the killer in a wonderfully engrossing, by-the-book police procedural lush with Agatha Christie-esque atmosphere and intrigue.