Nicci French, a husband/wife writing team recently released this second installment to their new mystery series starring Frieda Klein for whom the series is named. Left hanging, so-to-speak, in the last one titled Blue Monday, we are quickly reminded that there is still unfinished business left from that case. Returning to the London setting, Tuesday’s Gone has a crime scene in a flat in which a man is found propped up on the couch, cup of tea near-by but unfortunately quite dead. If Blue Monday captured the mood of something very dark, this one is enveloped by a chilling and wintry atmosphere and we share not only in a sense of suspense but also in a rising fear that Frieda is being watched by someone.
This time, Chief Detective Karlsson has solicited Frieda’s help. Sought after for her brilliance in understanding human psychology (she’s a psychiatrist), Frieda gets pitted against some insecure police workers who try to undermine her more intuitive way of working. Even Karlsson misses the boat on seeing certain connections that may be crucial and which make us wonder if Frieda can depend on the police to back her up.
As a character Frieda also adds value to the mystery for her night-time peregrinations around London; her insomnia affords us the chance to get her “hidden city” tour descriptions of long buried landscape features which can’t be seen today. Perhaps what lurks deep underground is a metaphor for the deep psychological scars so many of the characters bear, and not just the suspects.
This one is chilling, complex, suspenseful, and has another ending twist that may shock you along with a few more murders. If each new sequel continues to “up the ante,” we are promised one of the best suspense/thriller series ever…. Don’t miss them!