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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Chief Inspector Cameron Fergus－known as Cam to family and friends－and his wife, Helen, are about to enjoy their relaxing picnic when he discovers a young man’s body in a shallow grave in the Forest of Dean. With the help of friend and retired criminal profiler Sue Parsons, Cam and his team believe they have the right suspect on their list. Unfortunately, another body has been found, forcing the team to reassess their clues.
Murder in the Royal Forest of Dean by Frances Powell is the second book in the Chief Inspector Cam Fergus Mysteries, where the sleepy market town of Ross on Wye is rocked by devastating events once again. This time the Forest of Dean, a 110 square kilometers of ancient woodland, becomes the tragic resting place for two people. Powell gives readers another solid premise and plot. There are plenty of clever red herrings so it’s not an easy whodunit story. Coupled with a clear-cut narrative, this cozy but thrilling mystery story is engaging.
I enjoyed following Cam and his team working on solving the case, particularly when Sue Parsons offers her invaluable insights. Cam’s relationship with his wife, Helen, and his friendship with the Parsons as well as forensic pathologist Mary Hamilton adds depth to the characterization. The ending hints at another great mystery awaiting the no-nonsense investigator and his colleagues. Fans of the series will not be disappointed and new readers will find Murder in the Royal Forest of Dean a solid standalone. Simply put, this is another good read from Powell.