Angel Meadows is the tenth book in the Manchester series by Bill Rogers so I’ve come late to this particular writer. However I was looking forward to reading a crime story set in my home city of Manchester especially as the author takes so much care to use authentic locations. Angel Meadow is the site of one of the most notorious Victorian slums which has now become a public park near the city centre. It’s the setting for a murder of one of the city’s prostitutes known as Irish Meg. DCI Tom Caton takes on the investigation but soon discovers that the girl from an ordinary Oldham family has a more horrific past linked to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. DCI Caton and his partner travel to the area to discover the tragedy that led to two sister’s being adopted far from home but soon those complicit in the cover-up begin to turn up dead.
The story is completely absorbing and had me transfixed. I ended up reading the book late into the night. Particularly fascinating was how well the author combined the Manchester investigation with a historic crime that still had a resonance today. Tom Caton is an interesting detective. His partner is expecting a child and the fact I’ve not read earlier books didn’t impinge on my enjoyment of reading about his domestic life.
I’d recommend Angel Meadow to all readers who love a gripping police procedural with a well crafted tale. I’d love to go back and read the series from the start.
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of his book.