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A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh

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Wow, this is good. We have two stories in parallel. Stevie, a TV shopping channel presenter attempts to find her boyfriend’s killer; said boyfriend was a doctor researching into treatment for cerebral palsy. The other story, which will presumably continue on through the trilogy (for that is what this is), is about a world crumbling under the strain of a global virus. There is a breakdown of law and order, corpses piling up in hospitals, people dying in their cars, attempts to create ‘virus free zones’, all well handled for this never descends into a shock-‘n’-hysterical drama. It all just goes on quietly in the background getting worse and worse … quite extraordinary. There is a stunning prologue which as yet is not relevant to the story so that will no doubt become so in future titles. I can’t wait.

If you like Louise Welsh you might also like to read books by Denise Mina, Kate Atkinson and Simon Lelic.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. As a bubonic plague-like virus decimates the population, TV presenter Stevie arrives at her boyfriend Simon’s flat to find him dead. Everyone involved assumes he is a casualty of the epidemic, but Stevie thinks otherwise and begins a desperate search for Simon’s murderer. As society collapses around her, she has two problems: to convince everyone she encounters (in the face of massive loss of life) that one death counts. And she has to survive in a city where the Grim Reaper strides unchallenged.
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A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh

It doesn't look like murder in a city full of death. A pandemic called 'The Sweats' is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. As roads out of London become gridlocked with people fleeing infection, Stevie's search for Simon's killers takes her in the opposite direction, into the depths of the dying city and a race with death. A Lovely Way to Burn is the first outbreak in the Plague Times trilogy. Chilling, tense and completely compelling, it's Louise Welsh writing at the height of her powers.


I was with Louise Welsh's gutsy gripping heroine Stevie Flint every terrifying step of the way Kirsty Wark, author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

I read it in two sittings, pausing only to sleep and dream about it. Gripping, perfectly paced and beautifully written - Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

A terrifying journey into the possible, this is dystopia for today. Feral, frightening and fascinating, A Lovely Way to Burn gripped and chilled me in equal measure - Val McDermid

The first in a trilogy, and it should be huge Bookseller I've felt for a while that we are in the mood for an intelligent slice of London-based dystopia, and I think Louise Welsh has cracked it with A Lovely Way to Burn ... it kept me up all night nervously turning the pages - Cathy Rentzenbrink, Bookseller

About the Author

Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh is the bestselling author of The Cutting Room and Tamburlaine Must Die. She was chosen as one of Britain's Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian, won The Crime Writers' Association Creasey Dagger for the best first crime novel, and the Saltire First Book of The Year Award, 2002.

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30th November 1999


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