Under a Silent Moon is a good start to a new crime series





Two women share a grisly fate in the first entry of this exciting new British crime series—a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces the formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith—from the New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes, “the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time” (Sophie Hannah, author of Kind of Cruel).

In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman’s body inside has been found at the bottom of the pit.

As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence over the course of the next six days, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths—a bond that sealed these women’s terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

Interview statements
Forensic reports
Text messages.
Police reports.

Police intelligence analyst turned crime writer Elizabeth Haynes weaves her murder mystery together with these items. And the rest is a different, intriguing take on the crime novel. One that feels true to life, like it could be taking place in any British crime unit right now.

That was the second reason I wanted to read this book. The first reason I wanted to read Under A Silent Moon was that I had previously enjoyed Haynes’ Human Remains.

And it just seems so very authentic. It has a keen focus on the background and investigative work, with Haynes throwing all her own experience and knowledge of crime analysis work into this book.

But in case you’re wondering if that might be too heavy a read, it’s not. It’s got an interesting plot, and this isn’t a sleepy little village where nothing happens. Gossip has it that the victim was embroiled with plenty of the residents and things get a little, er, hot and heavy with all that sexual intrigue.

I wondered if all the details of the paperwork required as well as the meetings and briefings would distract from character development, but I was able to gain a good picture of the main characters, and pieced together what the victims were like as well. It was especially interesting to learn of the different roles played by the detectives, the analysts and how they work together.

Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith is new to leading an investigation, but she is tough and capable, and has a penchant for Kit-Kats and coffee. And flings with her co-workers!

This is meant to be the first book in a new series by Haynes which means we have more DCI Louisa Smith to look forward to.



Elizabeth HaynesElizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. Dark Tide is her second novel; rights to her first, Into the Darkest Corner, have been sold in twenty-five territories. Haynes lives in England in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son.

Visit her at elizabeth-haynes.com, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


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I received this book for review from its publisher and TLC Book Tours


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