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Summary

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.

He is reluctantly partnered with brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw, and 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....

©2018 M. W. Craven (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Dark, sharp and compelling." (Peter James)

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

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

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Stunning new series

The location of Cumbria is unusual and perfectly brought to life. Whilst Washington Poe is the hero, I found Tilly to be equally as compelling.
Good narration - kept my interest and look forward to the next in the series.

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  • james
  • limerick, Ireland
  • 01-08-18

must read, great plot and twists

loved it,great narrator too can t wait to read his next book,hopefully a follow up

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Had me hooked from the start.

Absolutely amazing. I was hooked from the start, I really can't wait until the next one is out! Hurry up and write it!

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brilliant

What a great book. story is excellent with a major ending leaving me begging for the next book which I hope is forthcoming.

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Excellent Debut - Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw have arrived!!

A strong well told story with lots of twists. The characters of Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are particularly well developed and the chemistry between them is one of the highlights of the book.
The first in what promises to be a must-read series!
Loved it.

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Fabulous

I’ve read Mike Craven’s Avison Fluke books and loved them but this book was fantastic! I loved the characters and read the book in 2 days, I seriously couldn’t put it down!
If you like a book that really is a page turner then read this.
I never usually write reviews but this one needed it. Absolutely A1.

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  • Jordan Edwards
  • 15-06-18

Absolutely Amazing. Twists and Turns!

This was amazing. Tons of twists and turns keeping me off balance throughout the story.
It also helped that the Narrator's voice for Washington Poe sounds like Sean Bean!

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  • Mark
  • 26-09-18

Interesting story with

An interesting tale with an evolving story line and endearing characters. Would consider another one from this author.

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  • Dawn
  • 13-08-18

Can't Wait for the Next Installment!

Looking for new authors to try out and stumbled on this story. Loved it! Great characters, intriguing story, good narration. I immediately looked for another by the same author but this seems to be his/her first available. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.