The third book of the intriguing Forsyth and Hay series Measured for Murder which I won through Goodreads Giveaways opens in 1998 in England where Detective Chief Inspector DCI Stephen Hay of Scotland Yard and his team are investigating the murder of a second young overweight female victim found naked, a mark on her right hip Similar in appearance to Sophie Bouchard the young French Canadian tourist found strangled, her body posed, DCI Hay is sure that he s dealing with a serial killer Frustrated as the case infringes on his planned trip to Paris with Liz Forsyth an RCMP Inspector who returned to Canada after their last case was solved quickly discovers that she s being sent on a three week training course at the Bramshill Police Academy outside London In a move to keep her out of the clutches of her new Superintendent, a vulgar lecher who s gotten away with sexual misconduct, it s hoped that in the time away she ll put in for a transfer to another division But Liz can t think of anything but her course and seeing Hay again, never expecting that what she learns at the academy could help his case.Fast paced and captivating Janet Brons weaves into the story an ambitious young journalist whose digging for information raises suspicion an infuriated hostel owner a psychic and the Canadian High Commission in London to help bring the detectives closer to solving the mysterious deaths In a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, the author even gives a glimpse into the murderer s mind with a memory in his past that triggered his psychotic break Although the plot is interesting and credible as DCI Hay and his team follow up every lead, it s the characters who infuse this story with intensity, suspense and drama Liz Forsyth of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is duty oriented, intelligent and perceptive using her newfound knowledge from the course to help bring new light to the facts while Detective Chief Inspector Hay is uncompromising, clever and determined to find the killer before he can strike again.Although short in length Measured for Murder does have twists that keep you guessing I liked it and would look for other books in the series. The Third Instalment In The Arthur Ellis Award Nominated Forsyth And Hay Mystery SeriesDetective Chief Inspector Stephen Hay Of Scotland Yard Believes He Is Dealing With A Serial Killer Two Young Female Victims Bearing A Superficial Resemblance To Each Other Are Found Asphyxiated And Posed, With Indecipherable Writing On Their Right Hips A Hostel Caretaker, A Journalist And His Photographer, A Bariatric Specialist, The Canadian High Commission In London, And A Psychic All Have Roles To Play In The Ongoing Investigations And Are Unsettled At The Thought That The Killer Is Already Seeking His Next VictimMeanwhile, Inspector Liz Forsyth Of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police And DCI Hay Had Plans To Meet Again, Unofficially This Time, But Their Anticipated Trip To Paris Was Scotched By The Killings On Hay S Patch To The Surprise Of Both Of Them, Forsyth Learns That She Is To Be Sent For A Three Week Training Course At The Bramshill Police Academy Outside LondonIn This Jarring Third Novel In The Forsyth And Hay Series, Janet Brons Explores The Murder And Mayhem Inflicted On The Women Who Just Might Be Measured For Murder I have read and enjoyed the first 2 books in this series even though I found book 2 Not A Clue slightly flawed by a pet peeve of mine which I explained in my review of that book so I actually had some idea of what to expect in this book I was not really disappointed by this story and I quite enjoyed it as again it is well written with the returning characters just as solid as in the first books and some interesting and well developed new characters both the good and the bad Since thinking about it a bit and re reading the concluding chapters I have raised my original rating of 2 stars to 3 because I have realized that the ending was much solid and satisfactory than I thought when I finished reading it I don t think this was quite as good a story as the first two books because the identity and arrest of the murderer came about in a large part because of a convenient coincidence and not mainly via Hay and Forsyth s investigation As usual in these books the motive arises from some real societal problems, the stories are mostly character driven, there s not much action, other than in the various pubs, and the settings are very well described One thing that I really like is the virtual absence of the proofreading typos and editing errors which are usually found in most eBooks Man I hope Liz and Stephen can finally get away together on their holiday I will definitely read any in this series. A quick and enjoyable read, if not a lot of depth Forsyth and Hay seem like they could be intriguing, but there is not much development or evolution of their characters, and Brons continues to only tease as to what might develop between them Perhaps, like the characters themselves, she is not sure where the relationship is going to go. I thoroughly enjoyed Measured for Murder The plot is original, interesting and timely and includes the diplomatic touch of a connection with the Canadian High Commission in London Inspector Forsyth and DCI Hay are a great team makes me wish they existed for real I highly recommend this book. This is a Goodreads win This is the third book in the Forsyth and Hay mystery series If you liked the first two you will enjoy this Hopefully these two detectives will be an official couple in book four Loved it Enjoyable read. A quick, easy read Interesting to see the issue of societal expectations of women s bodies brought into a murder mystery And nice to see a kick ass woman or two.
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- 192 pages
- Measured for Murder
- Janet Brons
- 01 June 2018 Janet Brons