A Song for Drowned Souls by Bernard Minier review

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A Song for Drowned Souls by Bernard Minier is the second book in a series featuring a French detective Commandant Servaz and set in a fictional university town in the French Pyrenees called Marsac. The previous critically acclaimed book The Frozen Dead saw Servaz hunting a notorious serial killer.

Now Servaz gets a call from an old girlfriend pleading with him to help her son. The boy has been found in a drugged state at the house of his teacher. Inside the teacher has been killed by drowning. And in an odd macabre detail the teacher’s collection of dolls have been scattered on the water of her swimming pool. Although it is not initially his case Servaz gets put in charge of the investigation.

The boy claims to remember nothing but it is clear he was having some sort of relationship with the teacher. Was someone else in the house that night? And to complicate things Servaz gets a taunting email apparently from the serial killer he encountered before.

The book is an entertaining enough read and the setting of the French Pyrenees makes a nice diversion. This is worth a look if you like mysteries with macabre twists.

A Song for Drowned Souls is published by Mulholland books on 2 July 2015 in the UK.

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.