#1, The Kate Redman Mysteries
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A missing baby. A murdered girl. A case where everyone has something to hide...
On the first day of her new job in the West Country, Detective Sergeant Kate Redman finds herself investigating the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur and his trophy wife. It seems a straightforward case... but as Kate and her fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime.
Kate finds the case bringing up painful memories of her own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her hard-won career success and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive...
Hushabye (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 1) is the the first novel in the Kate Redman Mysteries series from crime writer Celina Grace, author of Lost Girls and The House on Fever Street.
Good light read. Not a strong mystery.
Kate Redman is a temperamental, judgmental, newly promoted detective on her first day with a new squad who has made a decision in the past which she regrets. That regret controls her life and is a large part of the book. There is no foundation laid for the solution so it came as a surprise. In fact, I finished this book last night and had to skim through the last few pages to find out which character did it. The mystery is not an essential part of this story. Heartache and regret are not my favorite subjects to read about.
The story was great. However it was poorly written. Many pages seemed to have just disappeared in the book. There were several times a sentence started and the next page was something else entirely. Some good editing and it would have been much better!
Enjoyable police procedural
Hushabye is a great first novel in a series. The characters are fleshed out but still have secrets to reveal. The plot is completely believable and has a nice twist at the end. It is a good read and leads you to wanting the next Kate Redman adventure!