When Beth Fisher went to her sister Jill’s apartment in downtown Sydney after she had failed to meet her for lunch, the shock she felt when she saw her body lying on the floor of her apartment immediately had Beth struggling with grief. Her baby sister – who would do this to Jill? Why was she murdered?
Those were the questions Detective Charlie Cooper and partner Detective Joe Quinn began asking. The fact that it looked like a robbery gone wrong didn’t sit well with the detectives and so the investigation widened and deepened. While Beth looked into the ancestry research Jill had been so passionate about, her family’s company, Fisher & Co which was a multi-million dollar shipping business, was making Cooper uneasy...
With more questions than answers coming to the fore, Cooper and Quinn and the whole team had their work cut out. And when more bodies started turning up, they knew the clock was ticking – they had to act fast. But could they find the answers they needed before it was too late?
Dark Past is #2 in the Cooper & Quinn Mystery series by Aussie author Catherine Lee, and it’s another fast paced, gritty and intense police procedural. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between the two main detectives; the characters of Beth, her husband and children, and the side characters as well. This is an excellent series and I’ll be getting to #3 as soon as I can. Highly recommended.
Four people are dead, and the wife of the CEO has been missing for 15 years. Something is going on at the 140 year old Fisher & Co. It has to be the head man, right? There's a lot going on in this story. Genealogy charts, biker gangs, illegal drugs, kidnapped children, a research facility and more. Cooper and Quinn are on the case. Will they be able to put all the pieces together before it's too late? A very good who done it and why.
Twists and turns aplenty in this second novel in the Cooper and Quinn series by Catherine Lee. I enjoyed Dark Heart but Dark Past is even better - faster-paced, authentic in its vivid portrayal of a puzzling murder investigation, and with more-rounded characters. Looking forward to the next in the series.
I quickly got into this story and could relate to many of its elements such as the relationships between characters and the modern touches such as computer, internet and mobile devices. Very well written indeed - As good if not better than Catherine Lee's first novel, Dark Heart. Many twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing until the end, but they were all plausible! I could not put this book down once on to the last few chapters! Can't wait for the next instalment of Cooker and Quinn mysteries.... Dark...???
This is the second book in the Cooper and Quinn mystery series and once again Catherine Lee has come up with an intriguing novel.
The author manages to combine a very smooth free-flowing writing style with a logical, structured, multi-faceted police investigation (murder, arson, abduction, theft, drug importation, illegal trade in human cells, missing persons).
The interaction between the investigators from various agencies, investigators and the victims and their families, family dynamics combined with several unexpected twists and turns create a rich dialogue throughout and some very interesting characters.
The extra dimension this time comes from genealogy, genetic research and family secrets. The genetic research and the way it is conducted put against the potential benefits pose some serious moral questions. And while the author poses the questions and partially touches both sides of the argument, as a reader it certainly gives you food for thought and allows you to form your own opinions.
In all an uplifting novel full of tension, rich characters and plenty of scope for introspection.
When Jill Fisher doesn’t turn up for work and breaks a lunch date with her sister Beth, Beth goes looking for her. To her horror, she finds Jill dead in her apartment. Detective Sergeant Charlie Cooper and his partner Detective Senior Constable Joe Quinn are called to the scene. While they don’t believe that Jill was killed by a random intruder, it isn’t immediately clear who would kill Jill, or why.
In the meantime, Beth Fisher, a corporate lawyer in the Fisher family firm (where Jill had also worked) decides to finish the ancestry research Jill had been so passionate about. Jill was convinced that the family had a First Fleet connection and Beth looks for a researcher to help her. Cooper and Quinn’s investigations and Beth’s ancestry research raise a number of questions about the Fisher family and their business dealings.
There’s a mysterious disappearance years earlier which just might be relevant. And the death of a researcher Beth has been talking to is hardly likely to be a coincidence.
All of this digging around results is a warning for Beth: ‘Stop looking into your family’s past.’
I picked this novel up, and couldn’t put it down. So many questions needed answers. Would Cooper and Quinn discover who murdered Jill before more lives were lost? What was the family secret that someone was so keen to protect? Just what is the genetic research being undertaken by the Research Foundation? And just who is the murderer? Ms Lee has written a novel with a number of different strands to analyse and consider.
There’s plenty of tension too: for Beth as she tries to balance work and family while being overwhelmed by Jill’s murder, and for Charlie Cooper trying to balance his own family responsibilities while finding out the truth.
I finished the novel, fairly satisfied with the outcomes, and immediately picked up the next in the series. I hope that Ms Lee can write fast!
Book is well written, and pulls you into plot from the start. Sometimes the ones closest to you is the ones who hurt you the most. It would be a great day when they can make new kidneys, hearts etc for one who need them. I lost my only child to kidney disease and that would save so many life's. I would highly recommend this to others. Received a copy from author for a honest review and this is my honest opinion.
This is a very good addition to the Cooper and Quinn Mystery series. It is fast paced and exciting with a great cast of characters. The only thing that kept it from being a 5 star review, in my opinion, was Beth. She had her priorities all wrong for 99% of the book, which was quite aggravating. The mystery had many layers and the unraveling of them was well done. I received a copy from author for a honest review and this is it.