Since investigating the disappearance of fifteen-year-old twin boys, Hingston – a young, talented Detective Sergeant, has been tormented by night terrors. On waking, he remembers a vast, golden meadow that glows with warmth and carries the sound of rapid footfalls and trouser legs pushing through grasses. A curly haired boy runs tirelessly through the meadow. The promise of adventure is lost when the sickening ache of death seeps into Hingston’s bones. Feeling suffocated and tortured, melodic chimes calm him and his panic subsides.Signed off and leaving the office, a key inexplicably falls from Hingston’s investigation file. Intrigued, he takes it with him, escaping London for Dartmouth where his investigative race begins. Stalked by a challenging elderly woman and hindered by his boss, his determination to solve the case draws him into the supernatural world that connects a murderous past to the present.
by Decima Blake
I’d like to start with an apology to the author for taking so long to read and review Hingston’s Box. I was gifted a paperback copy a LONG time ago and cannot believe it’s taken me until now to read it. I am so sorry, but better late than never as they say. I always get there eventually!
Anyway, what an unusual and fascinating take on a murder mystery. I have thoroughly enjoyed joining DS Hingston on his mission to solve the case of missing local teenagers. Despite being signed off work with stress induced night terrors he can’t shake the feeling that there is more to this case than meets the eye. Finding himself in the possession of a random solitary key, which inexplicably falls from his files as he leaves the office, he escapes to Dartmouth in search of rest. However, he can’t rest as he realises there are too many similarities between this case and one from many years ago. People from the past are determined to send him messages to help guide him to the truth.
Hingston is an instantly likeable character. I enjoyed spending time with him. I could feel his frustration with his superiors as they try to hinder his progress, although I could understand they are only trying to look after his wellbeing.
I love a good mystery and this one is made even more interesting by the intriguing supernatural aspect. I loved it and very much recommend!
I have purchased the kindle edition of ‘Smoke and Mispers’ and very much look forward to catching up with Hingston again, sometime soon.
**Many thanks to Decima Blake for my review copy of Hingston’s Box**