Omens of Death by Nichaolas Rhea. Published by Endeavour

DI Montague Pluke is a very superstitious man and seeing a crow on someone’s rooftop is a portent of death – everybody knows that. So he makes note when he sees the offending crow on the rooftop of Cyril and May Crowther’s home. Life in the village of Crickledale is relatively peaceful, there’s not a lot of “real” police work to do, and if Montague is honest with himself, he’d really like the chance to take down a killer or two before he retires. Photographer Stephen Winton is out taking photos of the local stone circle when he finds the nude body of a dead woman. The circle is rumored to be the site of devil worship, witchcraft and worse. Now Montague has his murder and he sets out collecting clues, the evidence points to the fact that the girl was killed elsewhere and her body then dumped in the stone circle. Remembering the solitary crow he saw, Monatgue decides to make a call on Cyril and May Crowther. Montague is a delightful anti-hero, sort of like a British Columbo. Loved this book

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