A killer is sending a message. But who is it for?
DI Annie Delamere and her colleague DS Zoe Everett are off duty and enjoying a walk on the Peak District’s vast moorlands when they stumble across a mutilated corpse. The victim is unclothed and his tattoos indicate an affinity with the occult.
While Annie is put in charge of the case her long-term partner, MP Sheena Pearson, is confronted by a group of far right extremists. Rather than back down Sheena chooses to stand her ground – and almost pays for it with her life.
As more bodies are found, Annie is under pressure to prove her worth. But with one eye on her personal affairs can she catch a murderer and still keep her loved ones safe? And are the killings the work of a deranged mind – or a cover for something even more chilling?
Don’t miss this first novel in a compelling new detective series that fans of Stephen Booth and Ann Cleeves will love.
Praise for Small Mercies
‘Accomplished storytelling and perfectly meshed plot strands combine in this intriguing new series from Alex Walters’ Margaret Kirk, author of Shadow Man
‘Small Mercies gets Alex Walters’ new series off to a cracking start with a blend of police procedural and conspiracy thriller set in the atmospheric landscape of Derbyshire.’ Martin Edwards, CWA Diamond Dagger winner 2020
'Evocative, well plotted, with interesting characters and three concurrent mysteries. A definite 5 star read.’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘The storyline weaves all the seemingly unrelated threads together into a nail biting finale. I held my breath more than once, and couldn’t put the book down in case something terrible happened!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Three plots swirl around each other, intersect and dance away again until the very end of this thriller where everything moves quickly to a totally unanticipated, breath-taking conclusion. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this first instalment of a new series featuring Detective Annie Delamere, Alex Walters takes the action to the wild and remote Peak District. Set against a backdrop of rural Derbyshire, DI Annie Delamere and her colleague find a dead body while out on a walk on the moors, setting off a series of events that will cut through her personal and professional life. Shortly after, her partner (a local Labour MP) finds herself shot during a confrontation with right-wing protesters. Days later, another body—mutilated like the first—is found in a remote location. And as the story unfolds, Walters’ deft characterisation slowly ratchets up the tension, and draws in the suspense towards a clever, unexpected conclusion.