Vera investigates the brutal murder of a young physiotherapist gunned down at a luxury country retreat. For Ashworth, the case brings him face to face with a part of his past that he'd rather forget.
After Dan Marsden is shot dead just a few days before he is due to retire and his daughters, Mira and Karen are abducted, Vera face a race against time to find the killer and save the sisters before it is too late.
Vera finds herself taking a look into the tangled past of extreme sports fanatic, Gideon Frane, after he falls from a Northumberland cliff top in a ball of flames. As a former head boy, Headmistress Vivienne Ripman remembers him as leader of a gang of ‘golden lads and girls’. Vera and her team need to try and trace Gideon’s gang to learn about a lifetime of bullying and an unexpected story of tested loyalties.
Vera investigates after a man is stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Newcastle. John Warnock was a former Met police officer, and £6,000 is found in the boot of his car.