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Bitter Fruits, Alice Clark-Platts

Bitter Fruits opening line: The body was found in the icy coffin of the weir.

Bitter Fruits
My blurb:

Detective Inspector Erica Martin has just moved to Durham, a university city south of Newcastle. Her first case in her new job is to discover who murdered Emily Brabents. And while she goes about this, she unearths various levels of lewd behaviour and unhealthy relationships. Is the instant confession genuine, or is it just a plea from a very lonely young man?

Bitter Fruits
Detective Inspector Erica Martin’s first case in the university city of Durham is Emily Brabents, a first-year student, who is found dead in the river.
DI Martin visits Joyce College, a cradle for the country’s future elite, and finds a close-knit community full of secrets, jealousy and obsession.
Her search reveals a vicious online trolling culture but could Emily, from the privileged and popular crowd, have been a victim? Should the sudden confession to the murder by the student president be believed?
And just who is the mysterious Daniel Shepherd whose name keeps appearing in the investigation…?
My verdict:

The book is written from Erica’s perspective and includes emails from Daniel Shepherd, a student at one of the universities who it totally smitten with Emily. The emails are written with a slightly feminine voice, and this provides an ending you would not imagine but that is totally believable.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780718181512
Format Trade Paperback
Published July 2015

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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