'A brutal and thrilling page-turner' THE SUN
'Gleefully gory and witty, with a terrific sense of place' SUNDAY MIRROR
*THREE BRAND NEW SHORT STORIES FROM THE WINNER OF THE CWA BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2019 AWARD*
In The Killing Field, Poe and Tilly are having breakfast, wondering how to spend the rest of their holiday, when their presence is requested at a Cumbrian airfield. An airfield that, during the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, was known as the killing field . . .
In Why Don't Sheep Shrink?, a global pandemic forces Poe and Tilly to self-isolate together. Things don't go well. They're bickering and on the verge of falling out until Poe finds an old case file: a locked room mystery he's been mulling over for years. Step forward, Tilly Bradshaw . . .
Dead Man's Fingers sees Poe, Tilly and Edgar, Poe's English springer spaniel, enjoying a picnic at a nature reserve. When Edgar chases a rabbit, and Poe and Tilly chase after him, they stumble upon a twenty-year-old mystery, a mystery that couldn't be solved until now . . .
Praise for M. W. Craven:
'Jaw-droppingly shocking and intense' Women & Home
'Pacy, gory and clever, this is our new fave troubled cop/eccentric buddy duo' Crime Monthly
'An intriguing, fast-moving mystery' The Times
'Superb' Daily Mail
'This series really is something special' Morning Star
'Atmospherically moody' Peterborough Telegraph
'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James
'Thrilling' Mick Herron
'Fantastic' Martina Cole
'Brilliantly inventive' William Shaw
'Gripping. Taut. Twisty' Imran Mahmood
'Mind-blowing' A.A. Dhand
'Twisted and terrifying, fresh and funny' Chris Whitaker
'Dazzling' Holly Watt
'Intelligent. Sophisticated. Intriguing' Mari Hannah
Multi-award winning author M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle. He joined the army at sixteen, leaving ten years later to complete a social work degree. Seventeen years after taking up a probation officer role in Cumbria, at the rank of assistant chief officer, he became a full-time author. The Puppet Show, the first book in his Cumbria-set Washington Poe series, was published by Little, Brown in 2018 and went on to win the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in 2019. It has now been translated into twenty-one languages. Black Summer, the second in the series, was longlisted for the 2020 Gold Dagger as was book three, The Curator. The fourth in the series, Dead Ground, was published this June and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller.