Erasing Memory: A MacNeice Mystery (MacNeice Mysteries #1) (Paperback)
Title: Erasing Memory
Oh, how I love a good crime noir! And this mystery feels a little like that, but maybe even better. It's lighter and brighter, like a black-and-white Bogart film with a dance number. Less "noir" perhaps, and a little more "blanc." The story and characters are full of beauty, sophistication, and even a somber hope that wrongs can be righted. With a perplexing murder and strange but dramatic clues, this first in a series sets the stage for Detective Superintendent MacNeice to join the ranks of classic gumshoe investigators like Adam Dalgliesh and Philip Marlow.
Detective Superintendent MacNeice is returning from a pilgrimage to his wife's grave when he's called to a crime scene of singular and disturbing beauty. A young woman in evening dress lies gracefully posed on the floor of a pristine summer cottage so that the finger of one hand regularly interrupts the needle arm of a phonograph playing Schubert's Piano Trio. The only visible mark on her is the bruise under her chin, which MacNeice recognizes: it is the mark that distinguishes dedicated violinists, the same mark that once graced his wife. The murder is both ingenious and horrific, and soon entangles MacNeice and his team in Eastern Europe's ancient grievances.
Erasing Memory is a thrilling and assured debut that kicks off an exciting new crime series from Scott Thornley.