When an attractive young woman called Veronica Pauw goes missing, her friend, Martine, reports her disappearance to the police. DC Pieter Gravemaker soon pinpoints where Veronica was last seen: at a dating agency for the well-to-do called High Class Dating.
One of the desirable bachelors on High Class Dating’s books is Robert van Dijk, who soon comes into the picture as a suspect. Nor is he the only one. High Class Dating is owned by a lady called Beate van Wassenaer, whose business practices come under close scrutiny from the police. They soon find themselves wondering why her clients include a number of women who are clearly less well-heeled than the rest.
After stumbling upon the bodies of a number of women in a field, the police discover that they all happen to have been clients of High Class Dating. The story then takes a curious twist as Martine decides to enrol with the dating agency…
Stupenea has a pleasant writing style and is a dab hand at code-switching between young adults and adults in her dialogues. Her novel is well structured, exciting, direct and romantic. Moord om de Hoek (‘Murder round the Corner’) features a number of erotic scenes which the author describes with a combination of honesty and tastefulness. Stupenea complements all this with a deft, fastidious pen and a plot that is full of surprises.
In conclusion, Moord om de Hoek (‘Murder round the Corner’) is an outstanding debut that is most definitely moreish!
By Hanneke Tinor-Centi, owner of HT-C Communicatie en Marketing, literary agent, book marketeer and reviewer.