The Leighton Meadow Killings by Gaynor Torrance #BookReview #DIJemimaHuxley4 #BlogTour #JoffeBooks #BooksnAllPromotions #4.5*


Evil lurks beneath the surface of the beautiful Welsh village of Leighton Meadow.

A young woman is found dead in the village church. Shot through the heart with a crossbow.

She thought she was safe there, but they found her in the end.

DI Jemima Huxley thought Leighton Meadow was a safe place to raise her adopted ten-year-old son. But this is a village with many hidden secrets. And this case is hitting really close to home.

The victim turns out to be a Czech student who went missing on a night out in Prague.

How did she end up dead in a Welsh church?

Detective Huxley must find out before more women pay the ultimate price.

DI Jemima Huxley is a driven detective who cares deeply about getting justice for victims and their families. With a degree in psychology, she is intelligent, loyal, fearless — and a competent kickboxer. She enjoys trying to get into the mindset of the killer, often taking down violent suspects while her male partner hesitates.

But Jemima has a secret. When circumstances threaten to overwhelm her, she self-harms. Her inner turmoil hints at a troubled past. She has been married for seven years and is desperate for a baby, but it just hasn’t happened. And this obsessive desire is what sets her on a destructive emotional rollercoaster.



  1. The Cardiff Killings
  2. The Briarmarsh Close Killings
  3. The Caerphilly Mountain Killings
  4. The Leighton Meadow Killings

An Excellent Crime Thriller!

My first reading of this author’s work – and it won’t be my last!

When a body is found in the village church – not far from where Huxley is living with her sister – the local residents are shocked; things like this just don’t happen in their community. Killed by a bolt from a crossbow, the young woman’s death is particularly violent and the team are determined to get to the bottom of it all – but it won’t be easy.

Jemima Huxley is a Detective Inspector who takes her job seriously, not only in getting justice for the victims but also encouraging her team to make the best of the career opportunities open to them. Outside of work, she has an adopted ten-year old son to care for and, sometimes, when the pressure gets to her, Jemima resorts to self-harming. This latest investigation hits far too close to home for comfort and as it progresses, the DI torments herself wondering if she could, somehow, have prevented this murder. This is a well thought out novel, with an abundance of well-crafted characters and a cleverly woven story to keep the readers’ attention throughout. Although this is the first I have come across Gaynor Torrance’s writing, I would very much like to read more of it and, in particular, will be looking out for more of this series. An excellent novel, easily worth 4.5* and my recommendation.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Jill Burkinshaw for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller

Author Details

Gaynor Torrance lives near Cardiff with her husband and their rescue cat, Cleo. The area is the setting for her Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley series of books. Like Gaynor, Jemima has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Though, apart from them both having a keen interest in human behaviour, that’s where any similarity ends.

When she’s not writing or glued to her Kindle, Gaynor enjoys listening to music, playing the piano, walking, travelling, and eating far too much chocolate.


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