Last night was the launch of Anja de Jager's book A Cold Death In Amsterdam . Anja and I met on a writing retreat six months ago when she was working on the proofs of her first book and the draft of her second. "I'll invite you all to the launch," she told the group. I thought it was just one of those things people say, but generously she did and six of us from the course joined the party to celebrate her success.
Anja's inspiration comes from cases her, now retired, police detective father investigated in The Netherlands. Her heroine Lotte Meerman works in the cold case department of the Amsterdam police and is struggling to get over her previous investigation when a tip-off leads her to re-open an unresolved murder case headed up by her father ten years earlier. As she delves deeper, she finds all clues point to her father being the killer.
Desperate to prove his innocence she hides evidence and conceals the family connection from her boss. Now she has to find the real murderer before she loses both her father and her job.
This is a tough pacy police procedural from an engaging new voice in the crime genre.