Black Summer by @MWCravenUK #Bookreview #PoeandTilly @bethwright26 @TheCrimeVault

Black Summer by M.W. Craven

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.

The gripping new thriller in the Washington Poe series from M. W. Craven, winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 2019.

Review by Kelly Lacey

There are books that come along with a heavyweight of hype and anticipation and then you read the book and feel so deflated. This was most definitely NOT the case with Black Summer. M.W. Craven deserves all the praise, awards and so much more. An incredibly clever writer that writes so creatively. It was a real joy to read about and spend time with Poe and Tilly.

I have to say this was my first adventure of the authors and I wish I had read Puppet Show first. However, I don’t feel I lost anything from not having done so. I did however promptly purchase Puppet Show when I was halfway through Black Summer. So I am lucky I get to spend more time getting to know Poe and TIlly.

This crime fiction feast kicks off with a chapter that I think I will remember forever. I can’t think about it without feeling queasy. They talk about setting the scene for the reader. Well M.W. Craven has that skill to perfection.

The plot of the book circles the question of how can someone be alive when they were murdered in the past. It really is genius and I loved that refreshing I didn’t guess the end. The book is character-driven and Tilly is my absolute favourite. She has zero filters, is incredibly intelligent and she loves Poe in such an innocent way.

I loved every twist and turn of Black Summer. It was an incredible read with a fantastic plot and memorable characters.

There was Cagney & Lacey and Jethro & Abby and they were great but now we have Tilly and Poe.

Five stars!

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