THE CROMER MURDERS: A trilogy of vintage British crime stories by the author of the Stone Dead and Inspector Ketch series. All three are based on the historic English seaside resort of Cromer. In ‘A Cromer Corpse,’ ex-cop John Bottrell is looking forward to a peaceful retirement until a dead man’s body is fished out of the sea; the tongue has been cut out and a pentagram carved into the groin. It’s a ritual killing, which is more in Bottrell’s line than the local police. In ‘A Cromer Conundrum’, life’s not going well for DCI Ketch of the Norwich police. He’s just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, finds himself estranged from his partner Carol and back in his dismal bachelor flat. So when a Russian businessman and his family are found dead in Cromer, things get complicated. In ‘A Dogged Detective’, we find DCI Ketch semi-retired, impeded by ill health and now in an advisory role to the Norfolk murder team. He’s called on to investigate the bizarre murder of a young woman, strangled in a local wood. As the case progresses, Ketch finds himself drawn into the murky, secret underworld of casual sex, ‘dogging,’ European drugs and sex trafficking. 500 PP., in pbk and e version. AMAZON.