Black Summer by M.W. Craven (Washington Poe 2)
Books / June 3, 2019

  I started my review site in early January 2019 and one of my first reviews was the 2018 release of M.W Craven’s The puppet show … http://www.alexjbooks.com/review/the-puppet-show-by-m-w-craven-washington-poe-1/ In that book we were introduced to Washington  Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, and just from that book it’s like I’ve grown an affinity to the duo Thanks to the joys of social media I’ve been following the author M.W.Craven and after badgering him pretty much daily I was granted an arc of this highly anticipated follow up to The Puppet Show. As with its superb predecessor , you are instantly drawn in by Craven’s addictive writing style, it’s almost infectious. it strikes me again that he writes how “normal “ people talk. There is no pretence in his words at all. Hooked from the first, disturbing page, the story follows Poe as he is called back to Cumbria, a murder he solved 6 years ago has raised it’s ugly head, the victim, Elizabeth Keaton, believed to have been killed by her father, world renowned chef, Jared Keaton, who was never found, has turned up , handing herself over to the local police. With the finger now firmly pointing at him and facing…

The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven (Washington Poe 1)
Books / January 26, 2019

The Puppet Show, I recently started noticing this come up on social media and realised I had purchased this in August of 2018, and that I also have all of the DI Avison Fluke books by the same authors , all as yet unread. I’m a massive buyer and hoarder of books, I have maybe 800 TBR, but this one ‘The Puppet Show’ was always on the Downloaded section of kindle, I just kept reading other series but not because i didn’t want to read this I was just carried away with other stuff … anyway I can’t believe I left this for 6 months , there is no words for this book, it’s quite simply one of the best crime procedurals I’ve ever read. Starting with the prologue , wow , it’s a graphic, intense , brutal read, one of the best openings to a book I’ve read , in my reading experiences only James Oswald has written something so harsh . This is gruesome, shocking , glorious stuff, and it sets us up for the read ahead… Dark, atmospheric, powerful, and most of all it feels real. The language the characters use is, how , for me, people…