A dark and twisted crime novel, perfect for fans of RAGDOLL ... welcome to the Puppet Show ...
'Fantastic' Martina Cole
'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James
'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick Herron
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.
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 ...
'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!'
'Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.' Michael J. Malone
'Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe' Keith Nixon
Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe
Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.
This book is twisted and dark and I loved it - not sure what that says about me
Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe - Keith Nixon
Mike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction.
A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint-hearted!
A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series.
Dark, sharp and compelling
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 last June, became an instant Sunday Times bestseller and has been nominated for the CWA Steel Dagger. The latest book in the series, The Botanist, published in June, also became an instant Sunday Times bestseller.