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The Puppet Show
The Puppet Show | M. W. Craven
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A dark and twisted crime novel, perfect for fans of Ragdoll. 'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick Herron 'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!' David Mark 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 ... '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
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andrew61
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Back to work but yesterday was a Bank Holiday & I spent some time reading a new crime series with a decent police detective Washington poe. Fairly clichéd characters including what nowadays seems to be stereotype quirky young computer nerd but overall it was a good start and I will read more. Plot is a series of murders in Cumbrian stone circles, evidence points to suspended poe who is brought in to investigate with his new friend tilly Bradshaw.

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Donna310x
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Well this was the best crime book I've read in a while! Didnt have a clue where it was gonna go next and loved every single twist and turn. Onto the next in the series.

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Donna310x
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Seen so many good things about this author and this series that I just have to jump on the bandwagon :)

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JeanaRae
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About to start this book. Has anyone read it, or anything by the author?

TrishB It‘s a great series 👍🏻 2y
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NikkiKey94
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I had heard so many awesome things about this series and I‘m so glad I jumped on the bandwagon! I loved it! I am definitely hooked now! I love Poe and Tilly‘s friendship and dynamic and I can‘t wait to read more. I‘ve already ordered the second book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!

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Jeg
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After reading the middle book of the 3 he has written in this series so far ,I got this one the 1st ,which filled me in on the characters of Tilly and Poe. I love these two. And will read his 3rd next and hope that there are more to come. Once again the ending was a surprise and just when I thought it was solved there was more, then more. Loved it.
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

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bookish.mum
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The Puppet Show was bloody brilliant. I was hooked from the beginning, it kept me on the edge of my seat and I could hardly put it down. It was a fast-paced book, I loved the characters and can't wait to read more of Tilly and Poe which I will soon enough because I immediately bought the next two Tilly and Poe books after reading this one. Highly recommend The Puppet Show to anyone who likes crime thrillers with epic twists and turns!

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 this is a great series. 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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I think I‘ve read 2 books in total this month and was desperate to recapture my reading mojo. This fulfilled that goal and then some. One of the more compelling “first in a series” books I‘ve read in a while. Loved the character dynamics and the plot was really well thought out and executed. Immediately downloaded the rest. 👍🏼 #StartASeries #SeriesRead2021

TrishB I think I was going through one of those slumps too and these really helped! The characters are great. I brought them all too and have now read them before the next is due out. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB It‘s not even that I‘m slumping necessarily. I desperately want to read but work has just been insane. And then when I‘m done, I‘m exhausted. Pesky job. 😒 Happy Mothers‘ Day, love! 😘 2y
TrishB I just worked all afternoon today as had Friday off. It definitely is exhausting. Thank you ❤️ 2y
eanderson This book saved me from a potential slump. The whole series got me going. Glad you enjoyed it. Forewarning.... the second one has a dark eating description and the third is sad but probably my favorite so far in the series. 2y
TheSpineView 👍📖📚 2y
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Crazeedi
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Someone sent me this book from the Book Depository! I dont know who to thank!
#litsyfriendsarethebest

eanderson 😜🙋‍♀️ I saw you stacked it and had to spread the M W Craven craze a little bit more! 2y
eanderson Also it was a little thank you for the books and bookmark you sent! 💕 2y
Crazeedi @eanderson why thank you so much! I am so pleased, and it was a great surprise❤ 2y
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TrishB
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Finished in bed last night!. Great read - new detective series. Good plot, interesting new characters.
#seriesread2021
Thanks Elisabeth for putting on my tbr!

Magpiegem Stacked thank you @TrishB 😊 2y
squirrelbrain Oh-oh - another series! 😁 2y
TrishB @Magpiegem 👍🏻 2y
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TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘m keeping it quiet 🤐😁 2y
Cinfhen A new series! Yay 😁 2y
Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
eanderson I‘m so glad you liked it! I think the series is pretty good so far. MW Craven is in a UK Crime Book Club and comments back to people. He‘s hilarious! 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts too hard to resist! 2y
TrishB @eanderson I just followed him on fb. I like his sense of humour too 😁 2y
Crazeedi Yay for another good series!! 2y
TrishB @Crazeedi definitely always room for more 😁 2y
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TrishB
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#currentread #lunchtime read
I think this is my third actual lunch break in nearly a year 😁😁 or should that be 😞😞

Lindy Working without breaks 😞 2y
TrishB @Lindy is not recommended! 2y
Deblovestoread That is awful! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly When WFH started for everyone I was very proud of doling out advice to my co-workers on taking breaks, including lunch, and setting up boundaries regarding schedules, etc. Now I rarely follow my own advice. 😔 2y
TrishB @Kdgordon88 it definitely is 😞 2y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly some days I will get a 30 min break, but no one else is around to take the dog out so she comes first. Which then means I eat crap in the middle of meetings, I guess we know what we should do but just don‘t get chance 😞 2y
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eanderson
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Last book of 2020 finished. First book on the new bookshelves. I stayed up late! So worth it though. If you are a series person like me and enjoy detective stories, this is a great one! I‘m happy I ordered the next 2 from Book Depository. I love Poe‘s brashness and Bradshaws blunt honesty. I had a feeling about one of the twists but it didn‘t ruin the experience of this book. 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Crazeedi I love series, so I'm going to check it out! 2y
TrishB Now I shall have to look 😁 2y
TrishB I have this one on my kindle! Glad it‘s good! 2y
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eanderson @TrishB haha! That‘s awesome! I‘m sure you will like it. Washington Poe kind of falls in line with a male version of Kim Stone but not as badass. @Crazeedi I think you should! I‘ve seen a lot of praise for the author on Facebook. 2y
TrishB I probably brought it last time someone recommended it! 2y
eanderson @TrishB this is a common occurrence with me. Pays off more than I thought, at least! 😀 2y
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eanderson
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Relaxing after running this morning. Enjoying this new author and my new favorite sweatshirt!!! 😍

Mitch Love the sweatshirt 😍 2y
eanderson @Mitch thank you!!! Etsy is the way to go for finding some awesome bookish things. 🤗 2y
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eanderson
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Little man is napping and it means that I can start this book. I‘ve read some awesome reviews so this should be good! 😀

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eanderson
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#bookmail from Book Depository. Why not add another series to the huge mountain?!? 🤓

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Tonton
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Whew! Finished in one go! It‘s fast paced and a great airplane read (with respect). Two new characters to root for : Washington Poe is the police detective, and Tilly the computer whiz. Thought these two would be cliches, but gradually found Pie‘s got secrets and Tilly is braver and more interesting than first thought. Someone is killing then setting the victims on fire. Won‘t be surprised to see this on Netflix.

Tonton Poe not Pie, damn autocorrect! 3y
TrishB I brought this last week, sounds like just my sort of travel read. 3y
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yvo_about_books
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I'm a bit late to the party when it comes to this series, but I have without doubt found a new favorite character duo as well as a contender for the 2019 favorites list! Absolutely brilliant read.

5/5 stars.

#TeamPoe #bookclub

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ReadingThroughThePain
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4y
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BookishMadHatter
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This was such a great read. I loved it from beginning to end and was conflicted because I wanted to get to the end and discover the resolution but at the same time it was so good I didn't want it to end.I want Tilly as a new best friend. She's so adorable and awkward but and so strong, just what Poe needs. Poe is the perfect character for me, well developed throughout but still with his secrets and mysteries.I want more Poe...I need more Poe.

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BookishMadHatter
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Time to take a few "me minutes" with a few of my favorite things
#readingandknitting #booksandyarn

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Abailliekaras
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Glad I picked this up - a good police procedural with an interesting ‘odd couple‘ pair investigating - gruff Washington Poe and socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw. The fog & stone walls of Cumbria are brought to life nicely. Graphic at times and I guessed (part of) the plot but it held my interest and I liked the ending. Has potential as a series.

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail today was the Goldsboro BOTM book for June. It a signed & numbered first edition plus it came with the bookmark which has a passage from the novel on it. It sounds intriguing. A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake Districts prehistoric stone circles. When Detective Washington Poe‘s name is found carved into the chest of the latest victim, he‘s brought back from suspension to spearhead an investigation he wants no part of.