Title: Winterman by Alex Walters
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 26th February 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Historical
DI Ivan Winterman is a man with a troubled past. The Blitz has left his young son dead and his wife seriously injured. He has made enemies in high places and, with his career going nowhere, he returns to his home town in East Anglia, seeking to rebuild his life in a country gripped by post-war austerity and the coldest winter on record.
As the first snow begins to fall, a drunken ex-clergyman stumbles on the semi-mummified body of a small child concealed in a ruined cottage. Days later, a second similar child’s body is found in a Fenland dyke. Both bodies have been dead for several years, preserved in the Fens, the cause of death unknown.
Winterman, supported by a small team of assorted misfits, finds himself leading the investigation, uncovering a web of connections and secrets in the small rural community. When a further murder victim is discovered, Winterman discovers that the secrets are darker and the threat far more immediate than he’d ever envisaged.
And, as the snow finally begins to thaw over the Fens, Winterman realises that his worst nightmares are about to come true…
The shadow of war is still looming over Britain, people are trying to get their lives together and grieve for their dead. When ex clergyman Reverend Fisher stumbles across the mummified body of a small child, long buried secrets emerge with deadly consequences…
So I’ve read a couple of Alex Walters police procedurals now, so I was intrigued when I read the blurb and found out that this one while still a police procedural, it’s set back in the 1940’s.
Winterman is an interesting character. He tried to do the right thing but ended getting sent to a small police station to keep him out of trouble. He’s tortured by dreams of his son who died and is not sure who in the police force he can trust.
I also liked Mary, she’s such a strong character. She works for the police part time to trying to support her mother and twins after her husband died in a training accident during the war.
In school I wasn’t really taught a lot about post World War Two Britain, about how rationing was still going on, food was scarce, the country was practically bankrupt…how imagine we’re going to be after Brexit. Alex Walters really manages to convey what it must have felt like at the time, while people were free of the oppression of war, they were still scarred from it.
My only issue was the pace at times was little slow and the use of the Americanism slacks instead of trousers got on my nerves a bit but of course that’s just my opinion.
Overall Winterman is an engaging and interesting historical mystery that conveys the sense of time and place and you can really lose yourself in.
Winterman is Alex Walters’s first historical crime novel. He is the author of Candles and Roses,
Death Parts Us and Their Final Act, all featuring DI Alec McKay and set in and around the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. He has also written five books set in and around Manchester – Trust No-One and Nowhere to Hide featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan, and Late Checkout, Dark Corners and Snow Fallen, featuring DCI Kenny Murrain – and three crime novels set in modern-day Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast. Alex has previously worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking and as a consultant working mainly in the criminal justice sector. He now runs the Solus Or Writing Retreat in the Black Isle with his wife, occasional sons and some cats.
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