The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery (Paperback)
I cannot think of a better present than the first book in a compelling mystery series, except one set in a small town in Great Britain. This series is further named Simon Serailler Mysteries, which initially confused me... and then I smacked my forehead - I didn't see that coming. Make friends with local residents, revel in the British vernacular, and give yourself over to the lure of fully fleshed characters and dialog. Louise Penny just doesn't publish fast enough!— marla
As the story begins, a lonely woman vanishes while out on her morning run. Then a 22-year-old girl never returns from a walk. An old man disappears too. When fresh-faced policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she runs the risk of getting too invested--too involved--in the action. Alongside the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrallier, she must unravel the mystery before events turn too gruesome. Written with intelligence, compassion, and a knowing eye--in the tradition of the fabulous mysteries of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James--The Various Haunts of Men is an enthralling journey into the heart of a wonderfully developed town, and into the very mind of a killer.
About the Author
Susan Hill’s novels and short stories have won the Whitbread Book, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys Awards and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year and have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The play adapted from her famous ghost novel, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989.