Dusty Book: River of Darkness by Rennie Airth

Downton Abbey meets Jonathan Kellerman? Not a bad mash-up, but not quite right. Rennie Airth’s debut mystery River of Darkness introduces Scotland Yard Inspector John Madden. Madden’s haunting experiences on the WWI battlefield, combined with a steady eye for detail and a “no stone unturned” work ethic, make him a master investigator. When an entire family is massacred in Surrey, Madden is called in to look for clues. This was no cold-blooded robbery gone wrong, there was a dark passion behind this destruction. To catch the killer, Madden accepts the help of Dr. Helen Blackwell who wants to use her psychiatric knowledge to create a profile of the kind of man capable of such carnage. Think Charles Todd meets the Closer. (It’s a stretch, but I’d love to hear Kyra Sedgwick try and pull of a British accent.)

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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