Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Insidious Intent by Val Mc Dermid
They are handed a case of a woman found fatally burned in a car parked in a lay-by. At first thought to be an accident, the forensics team finds the cause of death is strangulation. The efforts of the fire department to put out the flames, removes any fingerprints or other forensics. It isn't until the second murder that they begin to piece together the movements of both victims and realize that the single unescorted women are being picked up at weddings by a man who has crashed it.
The team finds themselves pushed to find this monster before he strikes again. Tony Hill is busy with trying to piece together the motive behind the crime, as neither victim knew her assailant before being "dated" after the pickup. Paula and her partner are dealing with internet blackmail involving their foster son. Carol is dealing with enormous guilt over the dropped DUI charge, and feels responsible for the deaths of her brother and his wife. Tony has convinced her to completely abstain from alcohol, which she uses to deal with stress, which this case provides a lot of. The tension ramps up as they race to uncover the perpetrator before he kills again. Carol has a complete breakdown and Tony tries to save her, which leads to an unexpected and surprising ending.