The Night Stalker by Clare  Donoghue
(Macmillan, 2017)

The Night Stalker

by Clare Donoghue

Dead Woman’s Ditch. The site of a grisly two-hundred-year-old murder, and a recent hit and run. When a young woman’s body is found at the macabre landmark in Somerset’s Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in to investigate.

They find a community gripped by fear and superstition. The locals won’t venture out at night, believing there’s a man stalking the hills; a phantom cloaked in folklore and legend, keeping the sinister legacy of Dead Woman’s Ditch alive.

Confronted by a hostile CID team and a murder victim with close ties to their own squad, Lockyer and Bennett will have to accept what they can’t see before they can find what’s really thereā€¦

Reviews

This is just my kind of book - clear, unobtrusive writing, a good range of well-defined and credible characters and a terrific sense of place. Nothing flash or showy to distract from the story. It's a novel that one can lose oneself in while reading because the central characters become friends”
- Anne Cleeves
A tense police procedural that has its roots in legend and local folklore. I loved it ”
- Elly Griffiths