A Glyn Capaldi Mystery by Ewart Hutton
Review: After a minibus driver complains that his six male passengers tricked him into leaving the vehicle so they could take it for themselves for a ride throughout the rural Welsh countryside, the local authorities chalk it up to a prank. But Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, exiled to the area after an incident in his former jurisdiction of Cardiff, thinks there may be more to the story, especially when he learns that the group picked up a woman when the minibus stopped at a service station, in Good People, the first mystery in this series by Ewart Hutton.
The CCTV footage of the woman getting on the minibus is sketchy at best, but it seems clear that she did, indeed, voluntarily join the group. At first the men deny it, then they admit it but say she was a prostitute, yet their stories have so many inconsistencies that Glyn can't help but wonder why they seem to be making up on the fly, as it were. His request to investigate further is denied by his superiors, who maintain that there is nothing to investigate. But Glyn isn't satisfied, especially when he (a) can't find the woman, and (b) learns that one of the men didn't return home that night. Yet another story is fabricated by the other men, further reinforcing Glyn's belief that something seriously went wrong during their overnight adventure … and likely something criminally wrong.
There is much to like about Good People. The investigation into the missing woman and man is told in a distinctive voice from the perspective of DS Glyn Capaldi, and the artfully crafted layers of the case make for a very compelling story. Glyn's frustration with both his own colleagues and the suspects is nicely balanced with how complicated the the situation actually seems to be. Even as he begins to unravel the tangled mess the men have presented him, answers to his questions remain elusive. It's all rather suspenseful and intriguing. And then … everything seems to get wrapped up too quickly and too neatly and with a fairly heavy helping of melodrama. The conclusion is not so much disappointing as it is incongruous. Still and all, this is a solid start to a promising series featuring a strong lead character.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Good People for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Good People: Wales
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Good People by Ewart Hutton — A Glyn Capaldi Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: April 2013
List Price: $25.99
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