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    Great Read

    This is the first Washington Poe book; I know there is a second because I pre-ordered it within three minutes of finishing the first. It is that GOOD! There were tears, mine, towards the end. If you love a police procedural with great characters, a serial killer and an intense dark plot this brilliantly crafted novel is for you. Getting justice for the heinous acts inflicted on a person is the right thing to do, isn’t it? Revenge however, that dish best served cold, can also be completely understandable, can't it?
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    Excellent

    I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and plot of this book and am looking forward to the next.
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    Amazing

    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 his conduct. He headed home to Cumbria and bought a small house in the middle of a field with no neighbours. He was happily leading a quiet life with just himself and his dog Edgar for company. That was until acting Detective Inspector Stephanie Flynn showed up with an Osman warning (a police warning that his life was in danger) regarding a serious case that was ongoing. She also wanted Poe’s help with the case so offered him the job as Detective Sergeant until the case was solved. The case in hand was that there had been multiple men found tortured, their private parts had been removed and then they had been burned to death in stone circles around Cumbria. The latest body, number three, had also been found with something cut into his skin – the words Washington Poe and what looked like the number five. Giving the reason for the police believing that Poe was in danger and the targets fifth victim. With a target on his head, Poe has to return to work and help solve the case before he becomes a victim. But Poe isn’t a man who follows the rule book and it’s not long before he finds himself following his gut rather than the evidence, much to the annoyance of DI Flynn and her bosses. If there is one man you want on your team to find the sadistic killer it’s Poe, but can he find the killer before losing his job, again? The Puppet Show is a perfect executed crime thriller following the police, especially Poe and Criminal Analyst Tilly Bradshaw as they work closely together to uncover the ‘Immolation Man’, what the papers have dubbed the serial killer. The book took a different route to what I was expecting. I was expecting the book to be one that would keep me awake at night having nightmares, hence when I began the book I did so during the day opting for something different to read the night before. However, the book is more about Poe and his team trying to find the killer and less about the killer him/herself. This type of book is perfect for me as I love police procedural novels. Poe is an aging detective who has been on the job long enough to know that you can’t always follow the paper trail, sometimes you have to do what you think is right and if that means having to make a few tough decisions that go against his bosses then so be it. He knows it could backfire on him. He also knows that nine out of ten times his hunches are right. Tilly is an absolutely remarkable character. From the description of her and her actions, you get the feeling that she has Asperger’s. She is exceptionally clever and talented but doesn’t understand humour, emotions and takes everything that people say to her literally. I have a teenage son with this condition so I could understand Tilly perfectly. You can’t help smiling at the girl as she comes more and more out of her shell and is vital to the investigation. The book had me engrossed from the very beginning. M. W. Craven’s writing has a natural flow to it and he knows how to write superb characters that have their flaws but are exceptionally likeable and intriguing to read about. They are also perfectly realistic. He also knows how to send you up the wrong path with his many twists and turns, definitely keeping you on your toes. As serial killer/detective books go, this has to be in my opinion one of the best. As the killer’s victims mount up you start to wonder how is this person ever going to be stopped and how are they choosing their next victim as everything seems to be very calculated and they certainly know the Cumbria area in detail as nothing is left to chance. As Poe starts to close in the tempo of the book seemed to pick up and I did feel like I was sat on the edge of my seat at times. I now can’t wait to see where M. W. Craven takes Washington Poe next in the series and I do hope that Tilly is still by his side. If you love thrillers/crime books, you need to read this one.
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    5 star read

    This is at the top of the genre. Looking forward to more Washington Poe.
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    Absolutely brilliant love Poe and Tilly

    I saw this book being mentioned in a group I’m in on Facebook and thought it sounded good then looked at my bookcase and realised I had actually bought it. Sat down and couldn’t put it down. The characters Washington Poe and Matilda (Tilly) Bradshaw are just brilliant. Poe a works for the National Crime Agency but is currently on suspension after leaking information on a previous case which led to a murder. So he has taken himself off to a remote part of the Lake District where he is living with his dog Edgar. Until he gets a phone call calling him back in to work as a body has been found with his name written on it. Tilly is a new recruit dealing with the computer side of things she is highly intelligent with two degrees and a masters but has no social skills at all. This can end in some amusing conversations. This book is shortlisted for two or three awards this year. If you just buy one book this year make it this and then buy the second book Black Summer which has just been released and it just gets better Poe and Tilly have so many stories to follow I’m sure.
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