'Dark, sharp and compelling' PETER JAMES
'Fantastic' MARTINA COLE
'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' MATT HILTON
'If you haven't read M W Craven yet, now is the time to start' Abir Mukherjee
It's Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6
Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency's Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren't even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?
And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn't think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he's dealing with someone far, far worse - a man who calls himself the Curator.
And nothing will ever be the same again . . .
Praise for Black Summer:
'Truly mind-blowing' A. A. Dhand
'A book that shines with tension, wit and invention' William Shaw
'Washington Poe - a rising giant in detective fiction' Alison Bruce
'A twisty thriller with a killer plot Ed James
'I loved this book!' Jo Jakeman
'One of the best British crime novels I've read in a long time . . . Simply an unputdownable page-turner' Nick Oldham
'Grabs you from the very first page. A dark and brilliantly twisted crime thriller, bringing back the inimitable Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw' Colin Falconer
'Dark and twisted in all the right places. Poe is a great mix of compelling, complex & charismatic, and well on his way to becoming one of the standout characters in crime fiction' Robert Scragg
'In Tilly and Poe, MW Craven has created a stand-out duo who are two of the most compelling characters in crime fiction in recent years. They deserve to join the ranks of Holmes and Watson, Rebus and Clarke, Hill and Jordan . . .' Fiona Cummins
'Dark, thrilling and unputdownable with sharply drawn characters that stride off the page' Victoria Selman
'Gleefully gory and witty, with a terrific sense of place' Sunday Times
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Absolutely brilliant. Read all the books in the series, in order is best and trust me you will not be disappointed.
Another good Washington Poe story
Very well written with, for me, a largely unguessable plot. I found it better not to think too much about some details and in particular the final explanations as I suspect they’re rather implausible.
Thank you for the Carlisle references. They bring back childhood memories - an added bonus in an enjoyable read.
I’ve started the Poe books with this so I now have to go back to the beginning as I am intrigued by the history I know nothing about. Such an easy flowing read. This book was a joy and had me totally immersed. Very believable and loveable characters. A very happy new fan of M W Craven