Superintendent Duncan Kincaid works a case involving a murdered woman. Rose Kearny, a new firefighter, found the nude body of the murdered woman in a burned-out warehouse. The fire could well be arson.
Kincaid’s live-in lover Detective Inspector Gemma James searches for another apparently missing woman. The woman is a friend of a parishioner of Gemma’s sister, the substitute minister in a local parish.
At one point, at least four women appear to be missing.
Someone has kidnapped nine-year-old Harriet Novak and is keeping her in a dark house.
To top it off, Gemma and Duncan are about to lose custody of Duncan’s son.
In many mystery novels, disparate cases dovetail into a single solution. This book is different. Some crimes dovetail and some don’t. Some are separate crimes which happened to coincide.
I found the parts of In a Dark House interesting, but the characters smushed together for me. The new firefighter Rose was the most intriguing character. I also liked Gemma’s sister, the compassionate minister.
In a Dark House ends with excitement, as these kinds of books often do.