Dead Ground by M. W. Craven @MWCravenUK #20BooksofSummerChallenge21 (7/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Dead Ground by M. W. Craven today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also book seven of my 20 books of summer challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused – he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp – but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of people who prefer to remain in the shadows.

As Poe and the socially awkward programmer Tilly Bradshaw delve deeper into the case, they are faced with seemingly unanswerable questions: despite being heavily vetted for a high-profile job, why does nothing in the victim’s background check out? Why was a small ornament left at the murder scene – and why did someone on the investigation team steal it? And what is the connection to a flawlessly executed bank heist three years earlier, a heist where nothing was taken . . .


I might be a little excitable when writing this review, so apologies in advance. However it’s all because I LOVE this series so much! M. W. Craven has not only created the best series plot wise but also the best characters too! If you haven’t managed to pick up these books yet then please, please do.

I love getting the best of both worlds and discovering a book that not only has darker elements but a humorous side too. Well, Dead Ground had that in abundance and I enjoyed every single moment! I have to admit I always enjoy trying to play detective and see if I can figure it all out. Admittedly I’m not always very successful but the thing is I didn’t care when it came to this book. That’s all down to the fact I was having way too much fun sitting back and enjoying the experience. M. W. Craven expertly takes the reader on a very intriguing journey and I had no clue where I was being taken. It was brilliant!

I can’t write my review without mentioning Poe and Tilly because quite simply, they are amazing! I can’t help but smile or laugh at their interactions. Whether it is Tilly’s questions or the genuine friendship that they share. It is all written extremely well. My kitten, Callie often curls up on me when I read in the evening. However I don’t think she was too impressed at me laughing my way through Tilly and Poe’s conversations while she tried to nap, oops!

There is a little bit of everything in Dead Ground. From a puzzling mystery that completely captured my attention. To the fun, laugh inducing moments that entertained and brought a smile to my face. Then add in the twisty, darker side and you are guaranteed a brilliant balance throughout. I really can’t ask for more than that! Dead Ground easily gets five shiny, bright stars from me. I’m already counting down the days till The Botanist. I guess I’ll just have to be patient!!


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