15 January 2022

Born in a Burial Gown


By M. W. Craven

My Review

A 2022 Top Rated Read

When a body is discovered on a building site in Cumbria, Detective Inspector Avison Fluke takes charge of the investigation. Still recovering from serious illness, Fluke is keen to get back to work. . . even if he has to bend the rules.

WOW, what an amazing read! With fantastic characters and excellent plotting this book was a tremendous start to 2022. Having discovered author M. W. Craven through his equally impressive Washington Poe series, I had my doubts this book would be as good as his more recent ones. However, a few pages in I knew it was going to be a marvellous read. With a twisty plot I was turning pages way past my bedtime. I was gripped and thrilled in equal measure. A superb read. 

If, like myself, you love British crime, M. W. Craven is one of the best writers around today.

Book Source: Purchased copy
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Constable (9th Jan 2020)
ISBN-13: 978-1472132642

The Blurb

Detective Inspector Avison Fluke is a man on the edge. He has committed a crime to get back to work, concealed a debilitating illness and is about to be made homeless. Just as he thinks things can't get any worse, the body of a young woman is found buried on a Cumbrian building site.

Shot once in the back of the head, it is a cold, calculated execution. When the post-mortem reveals she has gone to significant expense in disguising her appearance, Fluke knows this is no ordinary murder.

With the help of a psychotic ex-Para, a gangland leader and a woman more interested in maggots than people, Fluke must find out who she was and why she was murdered before he can even think about finding her killer...

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