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Grave's End: the brilliant third book in the DS Alexandra Cupidi investigations

William Shaw

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Crime & mystery

The gripping new novel in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series set in Kent

'If you're not a fan yet, why not?' VAL MCDERMID 'A superb storyteller' PETER MAY


An unidentified cadaver is found in a freezer in an unoccupied luxury house. No-one seems to know or care who it is or who placed it there. When DS Alexandra Cupidi is handed the case, she can have no idea it will lead her to a series of murderous cover-ups and buried secrets. Namely the discovery of the skeleton of public-school boy, Trevor Grey, beneath a housing development.


His disappearance twenty five years earlier had almost passed unnoticed. But as evidence surfaces that his fate was linked to long suppressed rumours of sexual abuse, Cupidi, her teenage daughter Zoe and her friend Bill South find themselves up against powerful forces who will try to silence them.

Digging deep into the secrets that are held underground leads to Cupidi's realisation that crime and power are seldom far apart. There are dangerous connections between the two cases, which are complicated by Constable Jill Ferriter's dating habits, a secret liaison and the underground life of Trevor Grey's only friend.

The most riveting and atmospheric DS Alexandra Cupidi novel so far, Grave's End confronts the crisis in housing, environmental politics, the protection given to badgers by the law. With meticulously mastered characters and a brooding setting, this third book in the series confirms William Shaw as one of the finest crime writers.

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Praise for Grave's End: the brilliant third book in the DS Alexandra Cupidi investigations

  • William Shaw is one of the great rising talents of UK crime fiction - Peter James

  • Taut, terrifying and timely - Val McDermid, on Salt Lane

  • A modern crime master - Sun

  • Dungeness is a splendid backdrop for a troubled detective - Daily Mail

  • A powerful, scary suspense mystery which had me swiping over pages at speed while savouring every word. This is a brilliant novel.

  • It offers a complex, thoroughly involving set of interlocking mysteries, full of properly realised characters and wonderfully atmospheric settings. And you'll learn a lot about badgers along the way - The Mail on Sunday (Best Fiction Round-Up)

  • A taut, atmospheric mystery with a complex plot - Candis

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William Shaw

William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year and nominated for a Barry Award. A regular at festivals, he organises panel talks and CWA events across the south east. His books include the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series set in sixties London, the newest series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, and the standalone bestseller The Birdwatcher. He worked as a journalist for over twenty years and lives in Brighton.

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