A trail of secrets. A dangerous discovery. A deadly turn.
Police officer Sebastian Clifford never planned on becoming a private investigator. But when a scandal leads to the disbandment of his London based special squad, he finds himself out of a job. That is, until his cousin calls on him to investigate her husband’s high-profile death, and prove that it wasn’t a suicide.
Clifford’s reluctant to get involved, but the more he digs, the more evidence he finds. With his ability to remember everything he’s ever seen, he’s the perfect person to untangle the layers of deceit.
He meets Detective Constable Bird, an underutilised detective at Market Harborough’s police force, who refuses to give him access to the records he’s requested unless he allows her to help with the investigation. Clifford isn’t thrilled. The last time he worked as part of a team it ended his career.
But with time running out, Clifford is out of options. Together they must wade through the web of lies in the hope that they’ll find the truth before it kills them.
Web of Lies is the first in the new Detective Sebastian Clifford series.
Even though I enjoyed the Whitney and George detective novels, this new one about former police officer Sebastian Clifford is undoubtedly my favourite. Seb is the son of a Viscount, handsome (obviously) and 6ft 6inches tall. The banter between him and PC Lucinda Bird known as Birdie is hilarious. And of course we mustn’t forget Seb’s beloved dog Elsa.
Having quit the police after his squad was disbanded, he goes to stay in Market Harborough for a rest, but his cousin Sarah asks him to help investigate the ‘suicide’ of her husband. He was involved in some very shady financial deals, ending up in a highly illegal Ponzi scheme. Sarah believes he was murdered, but the evidence doesn’t support that idea.
For anyone who doesn’t know what a Ponzi scheme is, it’s basically a fraudulent investing scam which generates returns for earlier investors with money taken from later investors. Famously Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, which likely ran for decades, defrauded thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars. Investors put their trust in Madoff because he created a front of respectability, his returns were high but not outlandish, and he claimed to use a legitimate strategy.
In 1992, my husband and I were the victims of a Ponzi scheme, so the subject of Web of Lies immediately peaked my interest. I still blame myself for being so easily taken in – if something is too good to be true it probably is. The perpetrator went to prison, but as in this story, the money is gone. The victims get nothing apart from a feeling that they had been somewhat naive.
But enough about me. I love Seb – he reminds me of Inspector Lynley (love Nathaniel Parker – where is he now?), but I much prefer Birdie to Barbara Havers. Birdie doesn’t have that chip-on-the-shoulder attitude that Havers did. She treats Seb with humour and takes no prisoners. She tells him to wait outside her mum’s house when he picks her up so the neighbours don’t think she’s going out with an ‘old man’ – she’s 26 and he’s 39! I’d want to show him off. Who wouldn’t?
As always with Sally Rigby’s books, it’s a fast-paced, easy read, with plenty of intrigue, twists and excitement. Please make this a TV series. It would be so good if they can find someone tall enough…
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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