A Question of Identity

A Question of Identity

Book - 2013
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Lafferton is struggling through a bitter winter, with heavy snowfalls paralysing the town, though at least the police can be sure the ram raiders who have been targeting antique and jewellers' shops will be lying low.

The biggest worry the elderly have is how to keep warm, until 82-year-old Doris Upcott is found strangled in her home, followed by the deaths of 2 other residents of the same sheltered housing complex. Each time, the murderer has left a unique signature at the crime scene, which should help DCS Simon Serrailler, desperate to identify him before he kills again.

When links are found between these and 3 similar murders elsewhere, Serrailler is obliged to cross unfamiliar territory in his search for answers.

Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2013
ISBN: 9780307363022
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 14, 2017

Although they work beautifully as mysteries, Susan Hill’s Serrailler books are literature. I wish there were a hundred of them.

Mar 15, 2017

A "crime novel" spoiled, for me, by romance.

Jul 27, 2013

It helps to read the Lafferton books in order, since the family subplot is ongoing from book to book. I like the two elements intertwined: personal + the latest crime to be solved.

May 19, 2013

Engrossing thriller. It takes a few chapters to get into it but the ending & identity of the murderer will make your jaw drop. Lots of changes in store for Simon, Cat & the whole clan.

Jan 21, 2013

I love the stories about the Serraileur family - it adds a lot of interest for me. These books are more than just mysteries.

akarenina Nov 19, 2012

Hill needs to decide if she is writing a family drama about Cat, her children and family, and hospice issues or a mystery. There is too much going on here which does not further the mystery, and even distracts from it. This is almost two separate books.

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