The Day After is Book 4 in the Blue Woods mystery series, featuring Hugo Bott.
What happened to Hugo Bott after thirty years as a beat officer? Nobody really knows because they didn't see him leave when he retired. The quaint cottage where he lived was rented out, and he just disappeared.
Superintendent Luc Wariner is the newly assigned divisional commander of a quiet subdivision, that is, until the discovery of the brutal murders of Major Edward Barrington-Marsh and his wife, Cecily, in Upper Postle. He sends for his old friend and major crime unit colleague, Detective Inspector Aidey Carter, to investigate the murders and his suspicions regarding his CID unit.
When sightings are made early on the morning of the murders of a tall quiet stranger with a military gait visiting the village store at Postle, Luc and Aidey are reminded of Hugo Bott, their old colleague. Could he have finally found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, for first time in his life?
It is, after all, The Day After . . .
British crime author Pat McDonald lives in a rural part of the Midlands, United Kingdom. She previously worked as a researcher, project manager and programme manager in the NHS, and in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. She is now a full-time novelist. This is her eleventh book, fourth in the Blue Woods trilogy, making this now a series. It came about when "I was asked by one reader to give Hugo Bott his own book, and told by another American reader she missed the Blue Woods characters. I have combined the two and dedicated this book to both of them."