The Puppet Show

The Puppet Show

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 24/01/2019
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The Puppet Show
Non-stop thrills, twists and turns...
Washington Poe, a no-nonsense policeman and his new found genius companion analyst Tilly Bradshaw shine in this dark and moody Lake District mystery. The '... READ MORE


Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award 2019 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 ... Find out why everyone loves The Puppet Show

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781472127457
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 249g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 40 mm

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The Puppet Show
Gruesome fun
A serial killer, dubbed The immolation Man, is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. The police are helpless as the kille... READ MORE
The Puppet Show
Crime mystery at its best
I read this book within 7 days and I did not see that ending coming! I was gripped from start to finish trying to figure out who the serial killer was. I n... READ MORE
Esther Ak
The Puppet Show
HUMDINGER of a debut
This is a HUMDINGER of a debut. The Puppet Show was a MUST READ for me as I'd heard rave reviews on several Facebook Crime Book Clubs. Despite this I foun... READ MORE
Valerie Spencer
The Puppet Show
Deliciously dark and chilling
The Puppet Show is the first in a new series by M.W.Craven featuring detective Washington Poe; what a fabulous name. Washington Poe is suspended at the be... READ MORE
Juliet Butler
The Puppet Show
detective books go, this has to be in my opinion one of the best
Washington Poe was the Detective Inspector of the National Crime Agency (NCA) until a mistake saw him put on suspension whilst an investigation began into ... READ MORE
Whispering Stories
The Puppet Show
Loved Tilly and Poe!
Thanks to Fiona for recommending this terrifyingly dark read. The plot was well developed with a very clever ending set in my favourite part of the country... READ MORE
Daniel Moran
The Puppet Show
Great start to a new series
Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are two names worth remembering for all the right reasons. He's a discredited detective, currently suspended from the pol... READ MORE
Barnsey's Books
The Puppet Show
Great Read.
Having recently read the second novel in the D.S.Washington Poe series, Black Summer, I just had to read the first book, The Puppet Show. I was not disappo... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
The Puppet Show
A Superb introduction to the series
I picked this book up because I had heard such great reviews. I was not disappointed, in fact this may turn out to be my favourite book series ever! The P... READ MORE
The Puppet Show
The Puppet Show
Excellent if gruesome new crime fiction, so good I immediately ordered the next one.
The Puppet Show
A Truly Memorable Pairing
I've just finished this book which I read after seeing it had won the Golden Dagger in 2019, quite a new fan of crime fiction so not that aware of the vari... READ MORE
Andrew Emery
The Puppet Show
Bradshaw and Poe are wonderful!
If you have not yet discovered Tilly Bradshaw and Washington Poe go and seek them out — it will be worth it. They are wonderful, especially Tilly who, amo... READ MORE
Catherine Aitken