The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Maybe it's me, but this felt like the author didn't quite want to write a mystery but didn't know what else to do with the characters. We've met everyone before, and there's lots of referring to previous books/cases/events during the course of somehow moving this forward. The problem is that the movement is very, very slow despite a fairly fast start (an abduction and torture, but of whom? and why?). Setting this on a remote island is a variation on the locked room mystery, yet here we know we haven't met everyone so that felt like a loophole and lessened the impact of the setting. What worries me about this series is that the pattern of demoting Tom, promoting Tom and so forth will now be accompanied by lesser plots.