The Black Country by Alex Grecian
In this sequel to The Yard Scotland Yard investigators Day and Hammersmith travel to a small coal-mining town to investigate the disappearance of a family. Mother, father and son are missing, leaving behind the other three siblings. Who would kidnap a family? Is it a kidnapping or is something more sinister going on?
This is one of those mysteries where you can’t figure out why the author has so many disconnected storylines (illness running through the town; a disfigured rifleman; superstitions galore) until the very end when they all come together. I was able to “solve” one storyline; the other few, not so much. While the answer to the ultimate question is difficult to take (read: disturbing) it is more believable to our modern thinking then it would have been in the Victorian Age.
This is one that I can recommend on audio. Also, while it is interesting to see the characters from The Yard return you don’t have to read the first entry to appreciate the second.