This is how the prologue begins:
“It’s hard now to remember what first struck me as not being quite right, but I think it was the garden sprinkler.”
Cassandra James has come to collect some exam papers at her colleague’s house. Margaret Joplin is the head of the English Department, but when Cassandra rings her doorbell, there is no response. Instead, she finds the papers scattered in Margaret’s pool. Appalled, Cassandra tries to fish the papers out of the water, and this is when she sees a white hand.
The atmosphere is set and I was absorbed by the story from the very first page. Recommended, especially for those of you who love academic mysteries which focus on the environment and the puzzle, rather than gory crime.
I met Christine Poulson at CrimeFest in Bristol 2011, and recently I read one of her excellent short stories (published in a Danish anthology of crime fiction). I bought the book myself because I had high expectations to her series.