An Easter Killing (Detective Inspector Zig Batten Book 3) by Paul Toolan

Crown of Thorns Hill, clad in April mist, towers over the quiet village of East Thorne.

But on Good Friday, when the mist clears, the villagers wake to a malign vision at the hill’s peak – a sight which catapults a flu-ridden Inspector Zig Batten from his holiday bed to a scene of desecration.

Who is the victim? And what vengeful mind would dispose of a body here, like this?

In his search for reasons, Batten finds himself at odds with warring churchmen, lost lovers, ranting conservationists and shady developers. Even Batten and his colleagues struggle with their own mixed motives.

Do the threatened dwellings and apple-orchard of Turks Lane hold the answer? Or is it buried in the victim’s past?

As the Easter weekend unfolds, Batten fears the worst is still to come…


The intrigue begins when a woman’s body is found hanging from a cross, on top of a hill on Good Friday, and continues to the very last page. An Easter Killing is Jam packed with a plethora of believable, but quirky characters. Descriptions of the countryside, in which the story takes place, are terrific and make the reader feel as if they are there, taking part in the action. I love the repartee between the two main protagonists; more power to DI Batten and DS Ball’s Elbows, can’t wait to read about their next case. PS. Hope Zig will have recovered from his man flue by then. LOL

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