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The comforts of home
Hill, Susan, 1942- author.
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305 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Simon Serrailler crime novels

Simon Serrailler crime novels.
Investigating a cold case while recovering from a near-fatal injury, Simon Serrailler finds his personal and professional lives intertwining in unexpected ways when his constable brother-in-law suffers a setback at the same time an arsonist begins a deadly rampage.


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1 FIC HIL New books
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Susan Hill--the Man Booker Prize nominee and winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards--returns with a hair-raising new novel, the ninth book in one of the most acclaimed mystery series of our time. Featuring the enigmatic and brooding chief police inspector Simon Serrailler, this intricate and pulse-pounding series follows a collection of grisly crimes plaguing the city of Lafferton--and The Comforts of Home is the most chilling and unputdownable installment yet.In this gripping new thriller, Simon, eager to be back at work after recovering from a near-fatal injury, takes on a cold-case review for the Lafferton police about a girl who disappeared some years before. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to changes of its own; namely his sister's marriage to Chief Constable Kieron Bright. But when events take an unfavorable turn for the Chief Constable and an arsonist goes on a deadly rampage in Lafferton, Simon's personal and professional lives intertwine in more complex and devastating ways than ever before.In the tradition of the fabulous mysteries of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, The Comforts of Home is Susan Hill's best work yet--a heart-pounding new addition to a highly-applauded and "elegant" (The New York Times) series.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

British author Hill's uneven ninth mystery to feature Det. Chief Supt. Simon Serrailler (after 2015's The Soul of Discretion) finds Simon recovering on the windswept island of Taransay after a harrowing case nearly killed him. The sea air and close-knit community has done wonders, but his idyll is shaken when well-regarded newcomer Sandy Murdoch is found dead. The shorthanded local police ask Simon to investigate, and he discovers that Sandy may have been hiding something that led to her death. Meanwhile, back home in Lafferton, Simon's brother-in-law, Chief Constable Kieron Bright, has his hands full with a series of arsons and asks Simon to look into the case of 24-year-old Kimberley Still, missing for five years and thought to be a victim of jailed murderer Lee Russon, who denies involvement. Kimberley's mother believes otherwise and demands justice. After returning to Lafferton, Simon digs into Kimberley's disappearance. Credible characters and plenty of atmosphere make up only in part for short, choppy chapters and an underwhelming finale. Agent: Vivien Green, Sheil Land Assoc. (U.K.). (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

DCS Simon Serrailler, gravely wounded in The Soul of Discretion (2015), retreats to the Scottish island of Taransay to recuperate and contemplate his future. The island's solitude proves restorative, and Simon instinctively begins investigating when the body of popular islander Sandy Murdoch washes ashore. Common sense indicates accidental death; Taransay is constantly pummeled by the sea and storms. But a hidden bullet wound shifts Simon's investigation into a murder inquiry. Meanwhile, back in Lafferton, Kieron Bright, Simon's chief (and new brother-in-law), seeks Simon's take on a cold case. Kimberley Still disappeared while taking her lunch break in a Lafferton park, and her grief-fueled mother has enlisted the media in decrying the department's investigation. After discovering the truth behind Murdoch's murder, Simon returns to Lafferton to tackle the cold case and becomes instantly immersed in the comforting, benign turmoil of his family's changing seasons. Hill's writing prowess is on full view here; both newcomers and the series' many established fans will find it difficult to leave the Serraillers' world at the close of this long-awaited entry. A good choice for Louise Penny fans.--Christine Tran Copyright 2018 Booklist