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M. W. Craven

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Crime & mystery

'A brutal and thrilling page-turner' THE SUN

'Gleefully gory and witty, with a terrific sense of place' SUNDAY MIRROR

'Compelling' HEAT

*THREE BRAND NEW SHORT STORIES FROM THE WINNER OF THE CWA BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2019 AWARD*
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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 . . .

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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

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M. W. Craven

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, returning after 31 years to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

His first novel featuring Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, The Puppet Show, was published by Constable to huge acclaim, and it has since won the CWA Gold Dagger Award and been shortlisted for the Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards: Best Crime Novel, the Goldsboro Glass Bell Award and the Dead Good Reader Awards.

M. W. Craven lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn't out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.

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