River DeepeBook - 2004
Coroner Martha Gunn confronts a case of mistaken identity and murder when the body of a man, turns up during a flood that had devastated the region, but when the victim's wife turns up to identify her missing husband, she is adamant that the body found is not that of her spouse.
Over the years, the residents of Shrewsbury have become used to the occasional flood living close to the River Severn, it comes as no surprise. But the latest deluge stirs up more than just mud and silt, and the locals are horrified by what comes floating to the surface
Coroner Martha Gunn is one of the first called to the scene when a body is found floating in a flooded cottage. Martha’s instinct tells her that this is a homicide a hunch borne out by the post mortem. The victim is presumed to be the cottage’s tenant, James Humphreys, who recently went missing. However, when asked to identify the body, his wife Cressida is adamant that it is not her husband. Martha is left with many perplexing questions. Who, then, is the real victim? Why has he been murdered? And where has the real Mr Humphreys gone?
A tense and gripping mystery, River Deepis the first in a series featuring the coroner Martha Gunn.
Blackwell North Amer
One of the most idyllic towns in England, Shrewsbury is usually a very placid place. But when the River Severn bursts its banks, nature can turn ugly.
Coroner Martha Gunn is among the first to be called to the scene when a man's body is found in a small cottage fronting the river. Floating face-down in the rising water, it appears to have been raised from the cellar by the flood. In the dark and fetid cottage, Martha's instincts tell her that this is a homicide - a hunch borne out by the post mortem.
But there are many questions about the dead man's identity. He is initially thought to be James Humphreys, a respectable, middle-aged businessman who had rented the cottage a couple of months ago, and had recently gone missing. The corpse certainly fits his description. Yet when Mr. Humphrey's wife, Cressida, comes to identify the body, she is adamant that it is not her husband. So who is it? Why has he been murdered? And where has the real Mr. Humphreys gone?
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