A Beautiful Place for a Murder Berlie Doherty Published by Five Leaves ISBN 978 1 90551 245 4 Bookshops usually have a whole section devoted to murder mysteries for adults. In these novels, detectives like Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, Donna Leon's Inspector Brunetti or Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen track down scheming murderers. The reader is kept guessing as the detective follows the clues until, in the final pages, the identity of the murderer is revealed. Another popular version of the murder mystery is when an innocent person becomes the murder suspect. The police investigators can't see the truth, so their suspect has to prove his or her innocence by solving the case. In Berlie Doherty's A Beautiful Place for a Murder teenager Shaun Parker lives with his mother in a country village. His life is turned upside-down one day when he finds an elderly woman's purse lying in the road. Shaun tries to return the purse and finds the woman's kitchen door open. However, there doesn't seem to be anyone at home. Later, the old woman is discovered murdered. Shaun was seen leaving her house and now the police want to speak to him. As the evidence against the teenager builds, the only person who believes his story is his would-be girlfriend, Caroline. Together the two teenagers set about solving the crime. With the suspense building in every chapter, this well-paced whodunnit holds the reader's interest right up until its clever ending.