Nothing remains buried forever…

When the bodies of two teenage girls are discovered on a building site, DCI Whitney Walker knows she’s on the hunt for a killer. The problem is the murders happened forty years ago and this is her first case with the new team. What makes it even tougher is that with budgetary restrictions in place, she only has two weeks to solve it.

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Once again, she enlists the help of forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish, but as she digs deeper into the past, she uncovers hidden truths that hurtle through the decades and into the present.

Silent Graves is the ninth book in the acclaimed Cavendish & Walker series.

My Review

The team are back! DCI Whitney Walker and Forensic Psychologist Georgina ‘George’ Cavendish star in the ninth book in the series but this one is very different to the last one I reviewed – Ritual Demise – where our intrepid duo were on the trail of a serial killer who leaves his victims in staged positions with their heads on a heraldic cushion. Click here to read my full review.

Silent Graves is not so grisly, in fact it’s a cold case dating back 40 years to when two girls went missing and the police decided they were runaways. But two bodies have been found on the edges of a farm which is being dug up for housing development. Could they be the missing girls? DNA has come a long way (in fact it wasn’t used in a police investigation until 1986 in the UK so wasn’t possible in 1980) and it’s not hard to identify a body in 2020. So long as you have samples of the girl’s hair for instance, or a sample of the parents’ or siblings’ DNA.

But how did they die and who buried them? And why was the original investigation so bungled? It’s up the the team to find out. Talking of which, the team has changed since the last book. Two members have left – Doug, Frank and IT specialist Ellie remain – and are joined by ambitious sergeant DS Brian Chapman and DC Meena Singh. How will they gel? Whitney isn’t sure about Brian. He’s too keen and she has to keep putting him in his place. I have a feeling we’ll find out a lot more in book ten. She hasn’t found out much about Meena yet so the same applies.

They have also moved into a new building and have a new ‘super’ – the formidable Helen Clyde – who appears to have more respect for Whitney than the last ‘super’ Jamieson did. But I’m waffling. What about George? She’s still there, watching and analysing quietly in the background. She knows when people are lying – which will prove to be very useful in this case.

My only sadness is that we don’t get to see crazy pathologist Claire often enough. I love her. Please give her more to do next time.

Silent Graves is another great police procedural which examines the dynamic of the team and its individual characters as much as it does the criminals and their victims.

Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours

About the Author

Sally Rigby was born in Northampton, in the UK. She has always had the travel bug, and after living in both Manchester and London, eventually moved overseas. From 2001 she has lived with her family in New Zealand (apart from five years in Australia), which she considers to be the most beautiful place in the world. After writing young adult fiction for many years, under a pen name, Sally decided to move into crime fiction. Her Cavendish & Walker series brings together two headstrong, and very different, women – DCI Whitney Walker, and forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish. Sally has a background in education, and has always loved crime fiction books, films and TV programmes. She has a particular fascination with the psychology of serial killers.

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