Available from October 2019
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.