Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson, author of the ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels, introduces readers to his Hampstead Murder series. A serial killer has claimed the lives of four women and Detective Chief Inspector Tom Allen and his team remain stuck after more than a year of investigation. When a fifth woman is found dead, Allen’s ACC pulls him from the investigation and replaces him with Superintendent Simon Collison, to give new vigor to the investigation. Allen does not take this well and continues to look into the murders on his own.
I expected the book to continue with this track but although this story line does continue, it stays in the background. Instead psychologist Peter Collins, the boyfriend of team member Karen Willis, at her request and approved by the ACC, comes in to help. His profile of the killer provides new avenues in the case which bear fruit. The case seems to conclude when Collison and his team arrest someone, the case goes to trial, and the suspect convicted. Except this is not the end to Death in Profile, rather it is just the beginning.
I enjoyed reading this book especially the unique twist of adding an homage to Dorothy L Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series. I hope the next book is just as good and engaging as Death in Profile, is.