James Hawkins was a police commander in the U.K. for 20 years and a Canadian private investigator for a further 8 years. He was also director of education at the Canadian Institute for Environmental Investigations. His debut novel, Missing: Presumed Dead (2001), was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
No Cherubs for Melanie
Melanie Gordonstone, a cherubic six-year-old, was Daddyâ€™s favourite in every way. So Margaret, her jealous 12-year-old sister, drowned her in a backyard pool. Inexperience led young Detective Bliss to attribute the girlâ€™s death to accident, but Melanieâ€™s mother drives herself mad believing her husband to be the killer. Margaret taunts her deranged mother for 10 years before putting her out of her misery, hanging her from a chandelier in a faked suicide. Now, frightened for his own safety, Margaretâ€™s father sends her to live in a remote Canadian community where he believes she can do no further damage - big mistake!
"This second novel featuring British CID Inspector David Bliss is simply terrific."
"a great story, and Bliss out of his depth in Canada is not to be missed."