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Cover Your Tracks: From the Shortlisted CWA Gold Dagger Author

Claire Askew

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Crime & mystery

The third beautifully written and brilliant thriller in the Di Birch series by award-winning author Claire Askew.

'Stunning' - Sunday Times

Claire Askew won the Scottish Debut Crime Award with her debut All the Hidden Truths, praised as 'A meticulous and compelling novel' by Ian Rankin.

'What if I told you,' he said, 'that I believe my mother's life to be in danger?'

Robertson Bennet returns to Edinburgh after a 25-year absence in search of his parents and his inheritance. But both have disappeared. A quick, routine police check should be enough - and Detective Inspector Helen Birch has enough on her plate trying to help her brother, Charlie, after an assault in prison. But all her instincts tell her not to let this case go. And so she digs.

George and Phamie Bennet were together for a long time. No one can ever really know the secrets kept between husband and wife. But as Birch slowly begins to unravel the truth, terrible crimes start to rise to the surface.

Beautifully written and ingeniously plotted, Cover Your Tracks confirms Claire Askew as a major new talent in crime fiction.

Praise for Claire Askew's novels:

'Stunning debut... compellingly written' - Daily Mail
'A meticulous and compelling novel about the aftermath of a major crime and its effect on the affected families and investigating officers both' - Ian Rankin
'Splendid debut... thoughtful and well-written' - Guardian
'Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn't tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction' - Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said
'Moving and memorable' - The Sunday Times
'A fine, thought-provoking debut' - Mail on Sunday
'Claire Askew takes us away from the obvious plot and asks us tantalising questions... an absorbing psychological trio for Askew's thought-provoking entry into crime fiction' - The Times

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Praise for Cover Your Tracks: From the Shortlisted CWA Gold Dagger Author

  • Engaging - Literary Review

  • Askew tackles her third Edinburgh procedural with confidence in her original plot structure, warm characterisation and a credible story that resonates - Sunday Times Crime Club

  • Thoroughly engrossing series - Sunday Sport

  • It's as good as Rankin! - The Peterborough Telegraph

  • Stunning - The Sunday Times

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Claire Askew

Claire Askew is a poet, novelist and the current Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Her debut novel All the Hidden Truths won the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year in 2019, and was shortlisted for two CWA Awards.

Her debut poetry collection, This changes things, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire First Book Award.

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