By Stephen Booth
"She was once unfold opposed to the floor in a last arabesque, in a deadly pirouette or the final fling of an deserted tango....A useless girl dancing. She gave the impression of a lifeless girl, dancing."
Stephen sales space, probably the most acclaimed new voices in crime fiction, takes us to a distant zone of northern England the place a prehistoric ring of stones, the 9 Virgins, harbors a dismal legend. With iciness looming, a 10th determine quickly joins the circle: the physique of younger bicycle owner Jenny Weston, whose limbs are rigorously prepared in demise to parody a lady dancing.
Weeks past, one other girl, Maggie group, used to be attacked within reach, her face savagely reduce open. Is there a maniac at the free, knifing girls at random? Maggie may perhaps carry the reply, yet she has no reminiscence of the assault. The painful photographs are buried deep in her wounded psyche. it's going to take time and endurance to persuade Maggie to stand the demons of her past.
But are the 2 crimes -- Jenny's homicide and Maggie's attack -- associated by means of anything except geography? was once there a previous connection among the 2 girls? Why was once Jenny biking by myself on that cool November day? What worthwhile item did she hold in a pouch round her waist? And what of alternative mysterious humans within the zone -- drifters who perform unusual rituals, a top Park ranger with a shameful mystery, a determined farmer whose personal childrens worry him?
Detectives Ben Cooper and Diane Fry fight to make experience of a motiveless homicide and in their personal courting, which more and more turns out prior fix. the place as soon as there has been allure, now there's antagonism. yet own difficulties needs to wait. The moors have witnessed extra bloodshed than both Ben or Diane realizes, andviolence is to beget extra violence ahead of Jenny's killer is found.
A brooding, fashionable mental mystery, deeply evocative of a really designated position, "Dancing with the Virgins" confirms Stephen Booth's attractiveness as a proficient writer of richly nuanced crime fiction.