The first title in the The Mindful Detective series by Charlie Bird.
When famously narcissistic artist Kristal Havfruen is found floating in a tank of formaldehyde at her own private view, suspicion falls on those closest to her.
Leading the murder investigation is DI Shanti Joyce, recently transferred following the collapse of her marriage and a case that went wrong. She soon concludes that the mystery requires original thinking, and seeks out Vincent Caine, AKA Veggie Cop, in his remote cabin.
The pair look into Kristal’s bohemian circle and discover a hotbed of resentment and jealousy stretching all the way back to her art school days in Falmouth. But as they soon realise, the murderer is both canny and elusive – someone with a complex, warped motive who’ll do anything to point them elsewhere.
Can the unlikely mix of Shanti’s tough, down-to-earth pragmatism and Caine’s otherworldly intuition prove a winning combination?