Consolation by Gary Disher

This is the third novel in my new favourite crime series. I’ve told all my crimey friends to read this series, they are reliably good, great comfort reading. There is enough action to keep you turning the pages furiously, Hirsch is one of the nicest cops you could ever hope to meet, the bad guys turn up in unexpected places and the scenery is so beautifully written. I’m so invested in these novels that when this one was finished I had a terrible moment of sadness that I’d have to wait for ages to get a new one.
This time Hirsch has a ‘snowdropper’ to deal with, someone who steals women’s underwear, the middle aged and elderly women of Tiverton are troubled by this, it is making everyone uncomfortable. Hirsch has dealt to the awful cops of Redruth, they have been replaced and now he has a decent boss, but she is not in town and Hirsch is acting chief. There is a lot of crime going on, a child being treated appallingly on a remote farm, a stalkery teacher, a local businessman has gone missing. And managing to keep track of all of this, plus patrol his huge remote area is full on.

What makes these books so engaging is Hirsch. His mild manner, his love of music, the way he relates to the people in town and the recurring characters are becoming like old friends to me. These are quiet crime of the very best kind. This new one is a great addition to the series.

Thanks Netgalley and Text publishing for giving me access. I loved it.

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