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The Couple on Cedar Close

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

The second book a mystery series featuring the smart and intuitive Detective Dan Riley.



Laurie wakes with a start, her head spinning. She’s laying on a bed but not sure where. When she attempts to rise her finger touch something metal. She pulls herself up and realizes she is wet, and her hands feel slippery. It’s dark, and the light switch doesn’t work. She makes it downstairs to the electric panel and flips the switch. The light floods the room. She looks down and realizes she is covered in blood.

Her estranged husband has been murdered in the guest room of their house, his throat cut and he has multiple stab wounds. Laurie is taken into custody, but she doesn’t remember what happened to Robert. She remember earlier in the evening she had fixed his favorite meal, Beef Wellington, for dinner and had consumed a bottle of wine waiting for him to arrive. But he stood her up. She was furious with him. Could she have killed him? She hasn’t been the same since her accident years ago, she’s become dependent on Valium and alcohol. But did she really kill him?


THE COUPLE ON CEDAR CLOSE is the second book in a series featuring London Detective, Dan Riley. Dan Riley’s character is smart and intuitive and I appreciate his sense of reason in the book. The roles of the women in the book were disappointingly weak. Not a role model among them, except perhaps the nosy blind neighbor Mrs Foster, who delivers the best line in the entire book—“You’ll have to speak slower, Detective. My eyes aren't what they use to be.”

It’s a nice, light detective mystery, and can be read quickly. The writing was good, although the dialog seemed a little cliche at times. Author Anna-Lou Weatherley is a journalist who grew up and lives in London with her partner and two children. The first book in the Dan Riley series is Black Heart, published January 31, 2018. Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherley for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Bookouture

Published January 18, 2019

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