Author: Sophie Hannah, 2014.
Genre: Crime Fiction. Police Procedural. Psychological Thriller.
Other Details: Hardback. 374 pages.
Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape. Or so she thinks. The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road.
Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used a knife in such a peculiar way, or why 'HE IS NO LESS DEAD' was painted on Blundy's study wall. And she can't explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life. Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent . . . - synopsis from UK publisher's website website.
I always look forward to Sophie Hannah's latest in this series, which combines a taunt psychological thriller with a police procedural featuring odd couple Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer. I did note that the series has been re-branded from Spilling CID to Culver Valley Crime though for continuity's sake I shall stick with the original series title.
The Telling Error carries Hannah's signature style of providing an intriguing and complex mystery with another of her deeply troubled female protagonists. As a result I was happily glued to my armchair for a couple of days as the story enfolded and as usual I could not keep up with the many twists and turns before the final reveal. I also partly listened to this via my Audible copy but read all of the print edition borrowed from the library.