M.W. Craven, The Puppet Show


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Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2019

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 . . .

Published 2019

Paperback: 368 pages

ISBN: 9781472127457

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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 …

Find out why everyone loves The Puppet Show!

‘A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series.’ – Mick Herron

Julie Winspear Photography

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at sixteen. In 1995 he completed a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse, and then took up a probation officer position in Whitehaven. Sixteen years later he took the plunge and became a full-time author. He still lives in Cumbria.

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