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‘Heart-pounding, hilarious, sharp and shocking, Dead Ground is further proof that M.W. Craven never disappoints. Miss this series at your peril.’ Chris Whitaker

‘Dark and entertaining, this is top rank crime fiction.’ Vaseem Khan, Author of the Malabar House series and the Baby Ganesh Agency series

‘You can taste the authenticity’ Daily Mail

Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused – he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp – but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of people who prefer to remain in the shadows.

As Poe and the socially awkward programmer Tilly Bradshaw delve deeper into the case, they are faced with seemingly unanswerable questions: despite being heavily vetted for a high-profile job, why does nothing in the victim’s background check out? Why was a small ornament left at the murder scene – and why did someone on the investigation team steal it? And what is the connection to a flawlessly executed bank heist three years earlier, a heist where nothing was taken . . .


Praise for Dead Ground:

‘Unmissable’ Sunday Express

‘I’ve been following M.W. Craven’s Poe/Tilly series from the very beginning, and it just gets better and better. Dead Ground is a fast-paced crime novel with as many twists and turns as a country lane. I can’t wait for the next one.’ Peter Robinson

Dead Ground is both entertaining and engaging with great characters and storyline. I loved this first dip into the world of Tilly and Poe!’ BA Paris

Praise for M W Craven:

‘A brutal and thrilling page turner’ Natasha Harding, The Sun

‘A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series’ Mick Herron

‘One of the most engaging teams in crime fiction’ Daily Mail