Dancing With the Virgins (Cooper & Fry, Book 2)

Dancing With the Virgins (Cooper & Fry, Book 2)

Stephen Booth

"She was once unfold opposed to the floor in a last arabesque, in a deadly pirouette or the final fling of an deserted tango....A lifeless lady dancing. She appeared like a useless lady, dancing."

Stephen sales space, probably the most acclaimed new voices in crime fiction, takes us to a distant area of northern England the place a prehistoric ring of stones, the 9 Virgins, harbors a gloomy legend. With wintry weather looming, a 10th determine quickly joins the circle: the physique of younger bike owner Jenny Weston, whose limbs are rigorously prepared in loss of life to parody a girl dancing.

Weeks previous, one other girl, Maggie workforce, used to be attacked within sight, her face savagely minimize open. Is there a maniac at the unfastened, knifing girls at random? Maggie may perhaps carry the reply, yet she has no reminiscence of the assault. The painful photos are buried deep in her wounded psyche. it's going to take time and persistence to persuade Maggie to stand the demons of her past.

But are the 2 crimes -- Jenny's homicide and Maggie's attack -- associated by way of anything except geography? used to be there a previous connection among the 2 girls? Why was once Jenny biking by myself on that cool November day? What invaluable item did she hold in a pouch round her waist? And what of different mysterious humans within the sector -- drifters who perform unusual rituals, a top Park ranger with a shameful mystery, a determined farmer whose personal young ones worry him?

Detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry fight to make feel of a motiveless homicide and in their personal courting, which more and more turns out prior fix. the place as soon as there has been allure, now there's antagonism. yet own difficulties needs to wait. The moors have witnessed extra bloodshed than both Ben or Diane realizes, andviolence is to beget extra violence sooner than Jenny's killer is found.

A brooding, trendy mental mystery, deeply evocative of a truly designated position, "Dancing with the Virgins" confirms Stephen Booth's attractiveness as a talented writer of richly nuanced crime fiction.

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