Time of Death is the thirteenth installment in the Tom Thorne series. Detective Inspector Tom Thorn and his girlfriend Helen are on vacation when two girls go missing in Helen’s hometown. When her childhood friend’s husband is arrested for the crime they head to Helen’s hometown, she to offer support and Tom to investigate even though he has no jurisdiction, the local police want nothing to do with him and the evidence overwhelmingly points to the husband’s guilt. But then that’s Tom all over. With help from his good friend Phil, Thorn sets about getting to the truth and Helen faces a past that had kept her away for over twenty years.I love this series. I love the time and effort that Billingham puts into his characters, the relationship between them and their very human foibles that make me wonder if Phil will find true love and if or perhaps when will Tom and Helen part.