Latest Reads: Deadland. William Shaw.

The two boys never fitted in. 
Seventeen, the worst age, nothing to do but smoke weed; at least they have each other. The day they speed off on a moped with a stolen mobile, they’re ready to celebrate their luck at last. Until their victim comes looking for what’s his – and ready to kill for it. 

On the other side of Kent’s wealth divide, DS Alexandra Cupidi faces the strangest murder investigation of her career. A severed limb, hidden inside a modern sculpture in Margate’s Turner Contemporary. No one takes it seriously – not even the artwork’s owners, celebrity dealers who act like they’re above the law.

But as Cupidi’s case becomes ever more sinister, as she wrangles with police politics and personal dilemmas, she can’t help worrying about those runaway boys. Seventeen, the same age as her own headstrong daughter. Alone, on the marshes, they’re pawns in someone else’s game. Two worlds are about to collide.

I was a huge fan of Salt Lane so I was eager to revisit that world again and it didn’t disappoint.

The sense of place in William Shaw’s novels is pitch perfect and Cupidi is a highly engaging character to follow along with. In Deadland she has a severed arm to deal with as well as two truculunt teenagers on the run. It is a compelling and cleverly plotted story once again and I loved every minute of it.

Involving and addictive this could easily become one of my favourite crime series. Bring on the next one.


You can purchase Deadlands (Riverrun) Here.

Happy Reading!

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