Wildly entertaining and not for the faint of heart.
One of my all-time favourite series’ began with The Puppet Show, a serial-killer thriller like no other. The story follows the hunt for a killer who is burning people alive in the Lake District’s stone circles. I read much of this one through my fingers, by turns flinching and laughing out loud as Mike Craven has this rare ability to combine the macabre with effortless humour, a frantic pace and, in Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, the kind of odd couple protagonists that see me counting each day until their return. Wildly entertaining and not for the faint of heart.
A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .
Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.
As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive ...
|Publication date:||24th January 2019|
|Author:||M. W. Craven|
|Publisher:||Constable an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 31/07/2022
A page turner - Sun
A gripping start to a much anticipated new series -- Vaseem Khan
Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe -- Keith Nixon
Dark, sharp and compelling -- Peter James
A brilliant start to what promises to be a fantastic series; get it now or kick yourself for missing out -- Graham Smith
This book is twisted and dark and I loved it - not sure what that says about me -- Simon Toyne
Washington Poe is a name destined to be spoken by crime fiction enthusiasts everywhere: Britain's answer to Harry Bosch. The Puppet Show is a wickedly, twisting and turning, mystery that will have readers breathlessly turning the pages until the final shocking conclusion. -- Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter series
Mike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction. -- Caro Ramsay
A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint-hearted! -- David Mark
Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read. -- Michael J. Malone
A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series. -- Mick Herron
Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army when he turned sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years, he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army and completed a degree in social work, with specialisms in criminology, psychology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing. He now ...More About M. W. Craven