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A blaze at an abandoned chapel in impoverished Manorclough turns out to be more than just arson when the body of a man who has been shot twice is discovered in the ashes. For the Manchester Metropolitan police team it's the start of a gruelling and complex case that exposes the fractures and fault lines of a community living on the edge. DC Rachel Bailey, recently married, is trying to come to terms with her new status and deal with the fallout from her chaotic family. She throws herself into work but her compulsion to find answers and see justice done leads her into the deepest jeopardy. DC Janet Scott's world is shaken to its foundations when death comes far too close for comfort and she finds one of her daughters on the wrong side of a police investigation. DCI Gill Murray's ex Dave, a Chief Superintendent, crashes back into her life, out of control and bringing chaos in his wake. Gill attempts to get Dave to face the truth of his situation, and to stay the hell away from her, but things are about to get a whole lot worse. And then a second building goes up in flames...
Closing date: 01/12/2019
Staincliffe is among the most productive of crime writers, but that does not alter the fact that she is one of the most imaginative and consistent in the field. That’s very much the case with her latest Scott and Bailey novel, in which she develops Britain’s answer to female cop team Cagney and Lacey with impressive new levels of psychological depth, as the duo investigates the death of a man in an abandoned chapel that has been set on fire.
'Real people, real problems...Staincliffe writes brilliantly and compassionately about things that matter. Seriously good.'
'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving.'
-The Big Issue
'An intelligent and emotionally engaging moral workout.'
-The Daily Telegraph
'Has her finger on the pulse of her city and that rare ability to write about love, motherhood and friendship without sentimentality.'
- Val McDermid
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||9th October 2014|
|Publisher:||Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Cath Staincliffe was our Guest Editor in July 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath’s books have been short-listed for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l’Année. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by ...More About Cath Staincliffe