The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (Two Rivers #1)

Publication Info: Expected publication date, September 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books. Kindle Pre-Pub edition courtesy of NetGalley

Summary: In North Devon, England, a man’s body is found dead on the shore. His most identifying mark is a tattoo of an albatross on his neck. No wallet or paperwork is found on the body. For the moment, his identity is a mystery as there were no direct witnesses to the crime.

Lucy, a Downs syndrome woman who goes to the local Woodyard Center, tells her father that her bus companion is missing. The man sat with her and gave her sweets. Alarmed, Lucy’s father questions her about the man’s behavior, but Lucy says he was nothing but a nice man.

The detective in charge of the case was born and raised in the area. He is also married to the head of the Woodyard Center. Concerned about some possible conflicts with his connections to the Center and people from his past, he considers excusing himself from the case.

When Lucy disappears near the Woodyard Center, the case takes on new dimensions. It becomes even more imperative to find out who murdered the man on the beach.

Comments: This was the first book I’ve read by this author and will have to read more! The Long Call was well written, with well developed characters. There were enough clues along the way to make the ending believable. I particularly liked the inclusion of the Downs Syndrome characters. That added further dimension and believably to the plot.

Highly recommended for mystery readers. It is also a great starter book for those unfamiliar with Ann Cleeves work, as I was.

My Goodreads rating : 4 stars