Moorland Forensics: Bound By Polaris

Book One: 

 

Moorland Forensics - Bound By Polaris

Murder is afoot in the Southwest, again. Muriel Jennings, elderly mother and owner of the successful Jennings Clay Company, has met a premature end; survived only by her children and business partners Stella and Mark. James, Katie and Fiona Sinclair, at Moorland Forensic Consultants, have been tasked with assisting the investigation. After attending a meeting at Muriel's book club in Bovey, Katie learns the last book to be read; The Sinners Daughter by Lillian Webster - the story of Ted Cartwright who murdered five women in his remote home on Dartmoor a little over fifteen years ago. The more she uncovers about the lives of those close to Muriel, her family, her business associates and her book club, convinces Katie of parallels between the Jennings and the Cartwright cases. Could the two be linked - fact or fiction? Julie D. Jones delivers a murder-mystery set in Devon in which the landscape is as alive as the characters breathing in her prose. Moorland Forensics, Bound by Polaris is an intelligent piece of fiction that will have you guessing until the death.

 

Moorland Forensics: Preface

March 25th 2001 - Dartmoor- A place of rugged beauty.

 

Dartmoor was tainted by the remains of a harsh winter. Ponies had perished knee deep in snow and a place known for tranquillity was quickly transformed into ugly peril. Even as spring tried to creep to the surface there was nothing endearing about the gale force, Arctic winds howling relentlessly in off the English Channel. As the forensic team brought the first body up from the basement, placing it only metres from the front door, a light flurry of snow drifted in; gradually defining every footprint clearly on the crisp, white mantle.

 

The first body lay shrouded in mystery with no indication of what had taken place out on the vast moor. She was pretty, estimated to be in her late twenties; at this stage she had no name, just a tag around her wrist and ankle labelling her as victim number one. Twenty-three minutes later the fifth and final victim was above ground as the wind chill factor dropped well below zero.

 

The forensic team set about their work in silence, trying to unravel the truth behind their gruesome discovery. A quick survey indicated all five women had been killed within the last six months. Their untimely deaths so horrific even the chief forensic officer had to turn away at first glance. So bad were the injuries of one victim it would take several months to identify her.

 

At exactly ten twenty-four Ted Cartwright was handcuffed and marched from the house by two plain clothed detectives. Staring straight ahead his unblinking eyes were two small slits of grey granite. If he had emotion he didn’t show it.

There was no known motive for the killings and all through the trial Cartwright proclaimed his innocence. He denied ever meeting the victims so how could he possibly have murdered them?

 

Was there a faint chance Cartwright hadn't been the one to execute these horrific crimes? Had he been erroneously convicted of the heinous acts?

 

Almost fifteen years to the day the controversial book centred on those murders was published – The Sinner’s Daughter.

 

"Moorland Forensics" really is a smashing crime novel that I'd highly recommend and I truly hope to

read more about the intriguing cases the Sinclair siblings are given to assist solving. - Miriam Smith

Moorland Forensics, Bound by Polaris is an intelligent piece of fiction that will have you guessing until the death.

...a murder-mystery set in Devon in which the landscape is as alive as the characters breathing in her

prose.

 

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