This is the first novel in the author’s Inspector Lynley series. It is an absorbing and dark read. I have since read every novel by this author. If you start the series, you might too!
From the deals page:
“Meet Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. In this series debut, he and his new partner, the working-class Detective-Sergeant Barbara Havers, are called to Keldale, a small Yorkshire town. That’s where teenager Roberta Teys confessed to the Lizzie Borden-esque crime of beheading her father William with an axe and slitting the family dog’s throat. But the now-catatonic Roberta’s crime is only the tip of the iceberg; the mismatched investigative duo learn that Keldale is full of dark secrets involving physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. The Washington Post Book World calls the novel, “pure entertainment from its insidious beginning to its gripping end.” The BBC adapted the series for television, starring Nathaniel Parker as Lynley and Sharon Small as Havers; it was shown in the U.S. as part of Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS.”