When an young man is found stabbed to death in a side street in Newcastle city centre in the run up to Christmas, it looks like a botched robbery to DCI David Stone. But when DS Frankie Oliver arrives at the crime scene, she gets more than she bargained for.
She IDs the victim as Herald court reporter, thirty-two-year old Chris Adams she’s known since they were kids. With no eyewitnesses, the MIT are stumped. They discover that when Adams went out, never to return, he was working on a scoop that would make his name. But what was the story he was investigating? And who was trying to cover it up?
As detectives battle to solve the case, they uncover a link to a missing woman that turns the investigation on its head. The exposé has put more than Adams’ life in danger. And it’s not over yet.
This is #3 in the Oliver and Stone series by Mari Hannah….
Frankie Oliver is called to a murder scene, this one is a shock as she knows the victim…a childhood friend…
They find he was a journalist, working on a big story….does this have anything to do with his death ?…..Oliver and Stone think there is more to this than a violent robbery.
Frankie is a likeable character, with a love of her job and is a strong woman in a still mainly male dominated profession. The relationship with her colleague, Stone feels genuine, with the gentle banter and honesty they have with each other…..neither afraid to say exactly what they think…
The Scandal has great attention to detail and is a clever mix of police procedural and thriller, with a human touch. Clever plot and a thoughtful, engaging read….I’ll be looking out for the next in the series, for sure.
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review