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    • ISBN:9781472127440
    • Publication date:07 Jun 2018
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The Puppet Show

By M. W. Craven

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A dark and twisted crime thriller, perfect for fans of Michael Connolly, Peter James and TVs Luther. Welcome to the Puppet Show . . .

'Fantastic' Martina Cole

'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James

'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick Herron

Welcome to the Puppet Show . . .

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive ...

'A page turner' Sun

'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!'
David Mark

'A gripping start to a much anticipated new series' Vaseem Khan

'Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.' Michael J. Malone

'Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe' Keith Nixon

Biographical Notes

Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army when he turned sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years, he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army and completed a degree in social work, with specialisms in criminology, psychology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

Between leaving the army and securing his first publishing deal, Mike found time to keep a pet crocodile, breed snakes, survive cancer and get married. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, and his springer spaniel, Bracken.

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  • ISBN: 9781472127433
  • Publication date: 07 Jun 2018
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Constable
A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series. — Mick Herron
Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read. — Michael J. Malone
A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint-hearted! — David Mark
Mike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction. — Caro Ramsay
Washington Poe is a name destined to be spoken by crime fiction enthusiasts everywhere: Britain's answer to Harry Bosch. The Puppet Show is a wickedly, twisting and turning, mystery that will have readers breathlessly turning the pages until the final shocking conclusion. — Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter series
This book is twisted and dark and I loved it - not sure what that says about me — Simon Toyne
A brilliant start to what promises to be a fantastic series; get it now or kick yourself for missing out — Graham Smith
Dark, sharp and compelling — Peter James
Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe — Keith Nixon
A gripping start to a much anticipated new series — Vaseem Khan
A page turner — Sun
Hachette Audio

Black Summer

M. W. Craven
Authors:
M. W. Craven

'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter JamesAfter The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe. Praise for M W Craven:'Fantastic' Martina Cole'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' Matt Hilton'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent' David Mark

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The Three Beths

Jeff Abbott
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Jeff Abbott

From multi-million-selling writer Jeff Abbott comes an intense and gripping new psychological thriller about a daughter's desperate search for her mother - when she discovers two other women with the same name are also missing.My mum would never leave me.This has been Mariah Dunning's motto. So when she glimpses her mother - who's been missing for the past year - Mariah's conviction becomes stronger than ever. Or is she losing her mind?An unlikely coincidence?When Beth Dunning disappeared without a trace, suspicion for her murder immediately fell upon Mariah's father. Until Mariah stumbles upon two other recent disappearances. And all three women had the same name: Beth. Or a sinister connection?Mariah would give anything to find out what happened to her mother and clear her father's name. But the truth may be more devastating than she could have imagined...Praise for Jeff Abbott'I could not tear myself away from Jeff Abbott's mesmerising, gripping, and claustrophobic novel'Harlan Coben on Blame 'An instant classic' Lee Child'Jeff Abbott has put together a hell of a page turner' Michael Connelly

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The Very Last Gambado

Jonathan Gash
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Jonathan Gash

In the world of antiques there is one great remaining scam. The very last gambado. Robbing the British Museum.Of course, the murder, mayhem and double crossing is only going to happen in a film. Or is it? After all, Lovejoy has been employed on the set as antiques advisor.Praise for Jonathan Gash: 'Irrepressible... bounteous entertainment' Sunday Times'Lovejoy is up to his old tricks again... compelling stuff' Today'Unabashedly amoral, witty and crammed with treasures of every sort... Pure, unadulterated Lovejoy' Publishers Weekly

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Jade Woman

Jonathan Gash
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Jonathan Gash

Hong Kong - one of the world's most exciting and colourful cities.The Triads - violent, secretive and totally ruthless, their Hong Kong is a city no tourist dare visit. The Jade Women - famed for their beauty, they possess charms few men can resist...Which proves to be a highly combustible mix for Lovejoy - East Anglia's hottest antique dealer - on the run from some sticky problems back home. But for someone with no money and no passport, Hong Kong can be an alarmingly dangerous place. Especially when the Triads get involved and Lovejoy finds himself caught up in their dangerous world of artistic fakery and... murder.Praise for Jonathan Gash: 'Irrepressible... bounteous entertainment' Sunday Times'Lovejoy is up to his old tricks again... compelling stuff' Today'Unabashedly amoral, witty and crammed with treasures of every sort... Pure, unadulterated Lovejoy' Publishers Weekly

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Moonspender

Jonathan Gash
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Jonathan Gash
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Icarus

Russell Andrews
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Russell Andrews

When a burglary goes wrong on the opening night of his new restaurant, Jack Keller is left a widower and suffering from several bullet wounds... Suffering from emotional and physical turmoil Jack becomes a recluse, until Kid Demeter, a young man Jack once regarded as a son and who is now a formidable physiotherapist, bullies him into better health. Then Kid is found dead, but Jack cannot accept the view that his death was either accidental or suicide. Knowing he owes Kid for getting his own life back on track, Jack starts to investigate Kid's personal life and discovers he was a serial womaniser. He begins to identify and locate these women, but every time he speaks to one of them they end up dead. Then, as he edges closer to the truth of Kid's death, he realises that his wife's murder was the catalyst of all that followed...Praise for Russell Andrews'With deft characterisation and pacy writing, Icarus marks Russell Andrews out as a real contender in the thriller stakes' Irish Independent'I defy you to figure out who dunnit, why they dunnit, or how they dunnit' Janet Evanovich

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Cold Blood

Theresa Monsour
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Theresa Monsour
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Clean Cut

Theresa Monsour
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Theresa Monsour
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The Asset

Shane Kuhn
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Shane Kuhn
C & R Crime

Death of a Valentine

M.C. Beaton
Authors:
M.C. Beaton

Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, is planning to marry at last! Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Hamish's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think she is quite a catch, Hamish has a severe case of pre-nuptial jitters... after all, if it wasn't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village there wouldn't be a wedding in the first place.For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day card - delivered to the victim before her death - which initially drew Hamish and Josie together in the investigation. And now, as they work side by side, they soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless - confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be deaf, blind... and deadly!

C & R Crime

The Shortest Way to Hades

Sarah Caudwell
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Sarah Caudwell

Everyone in the family had decided that changing the trust arrangement seemed the perfect way to avoid three million in taxes. However, when dreary cousin Deirdre has a mysterious accident after demanding a fee for her signature, the young London barristers handling the trust seek advice from mentor Hilary Tamar.Julia believes it's murder; whilst Hilary wonders why the raven-haired heir did not die. But with more deadly accidents occurring, it is Hilary who is given the perilous quest of unmasking the killer.

Danny Miller

Danny was born in Brighton and studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, University of London. As a playwright he's had his work performed at the National Theatre Studio, Bush Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. As a scriptwriter he's worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.Kiss Me Quick (2011) was his first novel and the first in a detective series featuring Vince Treadwell. It was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Awards 2011 and was highly commended by the judges.

David Dickinson

David Dickinson was born in Dublin. With an honours degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson joined the BBC, where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama, as well as series editor for Monarchy, a three-part programme on the British royal family.

David Roberts

David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years, most recently as a director, before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire.

Diane Janes

DIANE JANES grew up in Birmingham and has lived in the north of England for the last twenty years. Between marrying and raising two children she worked in seemingly every field, from mortgages to engineering, until she gave up the day job to write full time. This resulted in two shortlistings for the CWA Debut Dagger and subsequent publication. The Pull of the Moon was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

Emlyn Rees

EMLYN REES spent his early twenties traveling around Asia and mixing cocktails in London for the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Princess Anne. He published his first crime novel aged twenty-five, his second a year later, and then co-wrote seven comedies with Josie Lloyd, including the Sunday Times bestseller Come Together. He is the editor of British and American paperback crime fiction imprint, Exhibit A, and lives on and around Brighton beach with Joanna Rees, aka Josie Lloyd.

Erica Spindler

Raised in Rockford, Illinois, New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler went to university in New Orleans, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. She has won several awards for her fiction in the US and her books have been turned into graphic novels and a daytime drama in Japan.For more information about Erica visit her website www.ericaspindler.com or follow her on Twitter @EricaSpindler.

G.M. Malliet

G M Malliet attended Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge. She now lives in the US.

Garry Douglas Kilworth

Garry Kilworth was raised in South Yemen, the son of an RAF sergeant, and later served in the RAF himself. He was most recently with the British Army in Hong Kong, where he wrote for the South China Morning Post. He has won numerous awards for both his children's and adult fiction.Garry Douglas Kilworth was raised in South Yemen, the son of an RAF sergeant. He served fifteen years in the RAF himself, and was with the British Army in Hong Kong, where he wrote for the South China Morning Post. He now spends his time between Suffolk and Spain, writing full time, and has won many awards.

Helen Black

HELEN BLACK grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. At 18 she went to Hull university and left three years later with a tattoo on her shoulder and a law degree. She became a lawyer in Peckham and soon had a loyal following of teenagers needing legal advice and bus fares. She ended up working in Luton, working predominantly for children going through the care system.Helen is married to a long-suffering lawyer and is the mother of young twins which take up 90% of her waking hours.