Popsugar Reading Challenge 2023 Prompt #19

I always love this prompt, as it gives you a chance to read something from your tbr and find a past prompt that fits. For this prompt, I have gone back to the 2018 challenge – the next book in a series you’ve started.

What it’s about?

From Goodreads

A murderer strikes at a school reunion–but the students are no strangers to death– in this propulsive, twisty thriller from the internationally bestselling author of the Ruth Galloway Mysteries

Is it possible to forget that you’ve committed a murder?

When Cassie Fitzgerald was at school in the late 90s, she and her friends killed a fellow student. Almost twenty years later, Cassie is a happily married mother who loves her job–as a police officer. She closely guards the secret she has all but erased from her memory.

One day her husband finally persuades her to go to a school reunion. Cassie catches up with her high-achieving old friends from the Manor Park School–among them two politicians, a rock star, and a famous actress. But then, shockingly, one of them, Garfield Rice, is found dead in the school bathroom, supposedly from a drug overdose. As Garfield was an eminent–and controversial–MP and the investigation is high profile, it’s headed by Cassie’s new boss, DI Harbinder Kaur, freshly promoted and newly arrived in London. The trouble is, Cassie can’t shake the feeling that one of them has killed again.

Is Cassie right, or was Garfield murdered by one of his political cronies? It’s in Cassie’s interest to skew the investigation so that it looks like it has nothing to do with Manor Park, and she seems to be succeeding.

Until someone else from the reunion is found dead in Bleeding Heart Yard…

What I think:

This is the third investigation featuring DI Harbinder Kaur. Harbinder is now living in London.

It’s school reunion time. Twenty years ago, the class experienced the trauma of losing a classmate. Now the class is meeting up again. The group of friends, from different backgrounds, have a complex past, and some secrets are deeply buried.

This is a challenging investigation. Kaur is navigating a new city and new colleagues. And when MP Garfield Rice dies of a suspected overdose at the school reunion, the team has to make sure the case is fully investigated. Police officer Cassie Fitzgerald was at the reunion and knew the victim. Kaur doesn’t know whether she is helping the investigation or hiding secrets of her own.

This is told through multiple narratives that give the reader glimpses of the investigation and the suspects. Gradually, everything is pieced together .

The complex relationships between the group of friends, both in the past and the present, the secrets they hide and the lies they have told, are unveiled. When a second member of the group is found dead in Bleeding Heart Yard, the case takes on a new dimension.

With pressure mounting to solve the murders, Kaur has to look to the past. What is the connection with the death of David Moore twenty years ago and what was Cassie Fitzgerald’s role in everything?

This book absolutely kept me guessing right until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how Harbinder is getting along with city life and developing new relationships. She is such a great character. I love her sense of humour and ability to laugh at herself.

This is a great series with an interesting protagonist. The cases are always interesting, and I love the little references to past cases and characters – it’s like hearing from old friends.

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