The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 7


#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My #bookvent pick for today is the second in a very exciting series of books, one whose characters I loved almost the instant I started reading (listening to) book one. Perhaps the most unconventional of crime fighting duo’s, this pair have been through hell and the author hasn’t taken it easy on one of them this time around either. With a brilliant blend of thrills, chills and dark humour, my day seven bookvent choice is:


Black Summer by M.W. Craven

After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .

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.

Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books

I absolutely love the combination of Poe and Tilly. Such an unusual pairing but one that works absolutely perfectly. This time around it is Poe’s reputation, and possibly his freedom, that is at stake as it looks like he may have made a mistake on a case many years before. This book is deliciously dark and yet full of the same good humoured banter between Poe and Tilly that made book one so special. The central theme of this novel is very plausible, the execution and pacing excellent. Full of misdirection and suspicion, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you questioning just how much you really want to visit that quirky Michelin starred restaurant you saw on TV. Whilst not as gruesome as book one, it is still full of macabre scenes and underlying menace and had me so engaged, I lost a whole afternoon to the book, not emerging until I was done. I didn’t mind one bit. Fans of the series will love it and this, and book one, The Puppet Show, are highly recommended reads.

You can read my full review of Black Summer right here.


Happy #bookvent reading all


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