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The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves (September 2015)

This was a new case that was different from anything Vera had ever worked on before.  Two bodies, connected but not lying together.  And nothing made her feel as alive as murder.

Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland.  Then a shocking discovery shatters the dream.  The owners of a local country estate have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they're away.  But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane leading into the valley - a lonely place to die.

DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe.  When they look around the attic of the big house - where Patrick had a flat - Vera finds the body of a second man.  All the two victims have in common is a fascination with moths - and with catching these beautiful intriguing creatures.

The others who live in the Valley Farm development have secrets too: Lorraine's calm demeanour belies a more complex personality; Annie and Sam's daughter, Lizzie, is due to be released from prison; and Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window.  As Vera is drawn into the community, she realizes that the secrets trapped here may be deadly...
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