The Cold Calling
introduces Detective Inspector Bobby Maiden, who dies (for a few difficult minutes) after a hit-and-run incident and undergoes one of those near-death experiences, which changes his attitude to everything - not least his job. The old Bobby Maiden would have had little patience with Marcus Bacton, irascible editor of a magazine devoted to paranormal research… and even less with Cindy Mars-Lewis, cross-dressing actor, ventriloquist and, er, Celtic shaman.
And he would never have encountered Grayle Underhill, manic American New Age journalist known as Holy Grayle, who is in Britain in search of her missing sister, Ersula - a member of a fringe-archaeological research team whose work involves sleeping at ancient sites and recording their dreams.
And then there's The Green Man, a serial killer.
Original title: The Cold Calling
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural