By Stephen Booth
"She used to be unfold opposed to the floor in a last arabesque, in a deadly pirouette or the final fling of an deserted tango....A useless lady dancing. She gave the impression of a lifeless lady, dancing."
Stephen sales space, probably the most acclaimed new voices in crime fiction, takes us to a distant area of northern England the place a prehistoric ring of stones, the 9 Virgins, harbors a gloomy legend. With wintry weather looming, a 10th determine quickly joins the circle: the physique of younger bike owner Jenny Weston, whose limbs are rigorously prepared in loss of life to parody a lady dancing.
Weeks prior, one other lady, Maggie workforce, used to be attacked close by, her face savagely minimize open. Is there a maniac at the free, knifing ladies at random? Maggie might carry the reply, yet she has no reminiscence of the assault. The painful pictures are buried deep in her wounded psyche. it's going to take time and endurance to persuade Maggie to stand the demons of her past.
But are the 2 crimes -- Jenny's homicide and Maggie's attack -- associated by means of whatever except geography? was once there a previous connection among the 2 ladies? Why was once Jenny biking on my own on that cool November day? What priceless item did she hold in a pouch round her waist? And what of alternative mysterious humans within the area -- drifters who perform unusual rituals, a height Park ranger with a shameful mystery, a determined farmer whose personal young ones worry him?
Detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry fight to make experience of a motiveless homicide and in their personal dating, which more and more turns out previous fix. the place as soon as there has been allure, now there's antagonism. yet own difficulties needs to wait. The moors have witnessed extra bloodshed than both Ben or Diane realizes, andviolence is to beget extra violence prior to Jenny's killer is found.
A brooding, fashionable mental mystery, deeply evocative of a truly exact position, "Dancing with the Virgins" confirms Stephen Booth's attractiveness as a proficient writer of richly nuanced crime fiction.
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