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Tomorrow sees the publication of The Curator by M. W. Craven, Winner of the 2019 CWA Gold Dagger for The Puppet Show. The Curator is the third in the highly aclaimed series featuring Washington Poe.
Published by Constable, 4 June 2020. ISBN:
The author is a CWA
award-winning writer, and this is the third high-octane thriller that features the
canny, redoubtable duo of Washington Poe and his sidekick, gifted data analyst
Tilly Bradshaw of the National Crime Agency.
sickening, apparently motiveless, serial killer is on the loose severing body
parts and dumping three pairs of fingers, one male and two female in three different
locations at Happy Christmas time in
Cumbria leaving the tantalising code # BSC6 at each crime scene.
absence of corpses at first renders the identification of the victims almost
impossible but after some unconventional, painstaking detective work it
eventually transpires that the three comprise a sex offender, a shop assistant
and a manager employed by the MoD who appear to have nothing in common to link
momentum never slackens, and the plot gets darker and more complex as one is
drawn deeper into the grisly accounts of the deaths. Cluesslowly emerge. What prompted all the victims to take the same two weeks
leave from work some years earlier? The
team seems to hit a dead end until new information emanates from a cold-shouldered
FBI agent who gets in touch with Poe and voices strongly held suspicions that the perpetrator
is someone who loftily calls himself The Curator.
dynamic between Poe and Bradshaw is what creates the buoyancy.In the words of the 1955 song crooned by
Frank Sinatra “They go together like a
horse and carriage…you can’t have one without the other.” This disturbing and intricately plotted story,
with its twists and turns includes all the ingredients —pace, dialogue,
characterisation, intrigue, dark humour, suspense, multi-layering— that combine
to produce an exhilarating, challenging, confounding read.Highly recommended.
Cravenwas born in Carlisle but grew up in
Newcastle. He joined the army at sixteen, leaving ten years later to complete a
social work degree. Seventeen years after taking up a probation officer role in
Cumbria, at the rank of assistant chief officer, he became a full-time author. The
Puppet Show, the first in a two-book deal he signed with the Little Brown imprint,
Constable in 2017, was released in hardback in June 2018. And won the CWA Gold
Dagger Award 2019. The Curator is the third book in the series.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.