When Detective Inspector Nick Dixon was sixteen, his girlfriend, Fran, disappeared from St. Dunstan's, the private boarding school they both attended. She was never found. It's what made Dixon eventually decide to join the police force. Now, seventeen years later, Isobel Swan, another young girl has been murdered at Brunel's, a nearby boarding school. Her death reminds Dixon of Fran's disappearance. So when he's sent to Brunel as an undercover teacher trainee to investigate Isobel's murder, he thinks he just might find the answer to Fran's long ago disappearance, too.
Cath @ Read-warbler recommended this mystery this past July, and I'm so glad she did. I loved this one! DI Nick Dixon is such an interesting character; I liked both him and his girlfriend, Detective Constable Jane Winter. Dixon's personal connection to this case made their investigation that much more compelling. This is a very well-written and well-paced mystery. And it was fun seeing Dixon go undercover at Brunel. That private boarding school setting is a favorite of mine, and Dixon certainly knew it well. Now if only I can get my library to buy the rest of the books in this series because I definitely want to read them all.