Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef is recovering from a bad year, and a traumatic back operation that has left her in the care of her ex husband and his new wife.
But Hazel is lured back to work when a body is pulled from a nearby lake: a discovery that eerily mirrors a disturbing story printed in the local newspaper.
The author of the tale can’t be found, and when gruesome, taunting clues begin to arrive Hazel realises she’s dealing with a master manipulator, a crazed soul who knows her every move . . .
Port Dundas is usually a very quiet area with not much to report upon until what appears to be a body is found while fishing. The Taken, by Inger Ash Wolfe is the second in her Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef series, the first being The Calling. The Taken can definitely be read as a stand alone novel, yet once the reader is introduced to Wolfe’s brilliant cast of characters, and to her well thought out mysteries with just the right amount of plot twists, it is my belief the reader will want to read Wolfe’s other works. It was rather refreshing to read a novel about a highly regarded inspector detective who not only lives with her mother, but also is divorced and almost 62, a far cry from the angst ridden protagonist man or stunning beauty one usually reads about. Hazel has a sharp wit and tongue to match and is a woman I would rather enjoy meeting. Wolfe appears to have quite a gift at creating a memorable cast of characters both major and minor along with an intriguing storyline. I look forward to reading her future works. I would recommend The Taken to anyone looking for a rather unique and fast-paced detective mystery.
I received a complimentary copy of The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe from Transworld Publishers UK. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.