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Death Under a Little Sky

(2023)
(The first book in the Jake Jackson series)
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The stunningly written, evocative new debut crime thriller you won’t want to miss!

A detective ready for a new life
Jake Jackson, high-flying ex-city detective, inherits a rural retreat from his reclusive uncle. It’s the perfect chance to start anew.


A death that disrupts everything
But then the local annual treasure hunt turns into terror when a young woman’s bones are discovered. Suddenly, Jake is back to being a detective, as he tries to unearth a dangerous killer in this most unlikely of settings.


Praise for Death Under a Little Sky

‘Tense but patient, fast but thoughtful, and twisty but substantial – this is a truly excellent debut, and I want the next installment now Lee Child

‘I LOVED this. I found it totally immersive, and couldn’t wait to squeeze some time from my day to return to it. The writing is very classy and the conclusion came as a surprise, which is always a treat’ Ann Cleeves

��Gloriously atmospheric and masterfully plotted with such a strong sense of place, this is a huge treat for crime fiction lovers. I can’t wait for the next instalment!’ Lucy Foley

‘Stylish…a more than promising debut’ The Times

‘Stylishly written by a skilled wordsmith, and an absorbing tale’ Sun

‘A vivid, atmospheric debut’ Daily Mail

‘A cosy crime read with an appealing protagonist’ Guardian



Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Tense but patient, fast but thoughtful, and twisty but substantial - this is a truly excellent debut, and I want the next installment now." - Lee Child

"I LOVED this. I found it totally immersive, and couldn't wait to squeeze some time from my day to return to it. The writing is very classy and the conclusion came as a surprise, which is always a treat." - Ann Cleeves

"Superb! Death Under a Little Sky is a pitch-perfect blend of psychological thriller and classic detective fiction, rich with smart plotting and characters so real we feel we know them. And with the keen eye of the journalist that he is, Author Abell gives us a compelling portrayal of life-and death-in the countryside. As for our hero, Jake Jackson, what can I say except I expect him back soon. No, I demand his return!" - Jeffery Deaver

"What a gorgeous read. It has the halo of an instant classic. This is a deep, searching novel, as preoccupied with human nature and ordinary evil as it is with detection." - A J Finn

"Gloriously atmospheric and masterfully plotted with such a strong sense of place, this is a huge treat for crime fiction lovers. I can't wait for the next instalment!" - Lucy Foley

"Stig Abell's love of the genre shines through in his crime fiction debut, Death Under a Little Sky. The narrative follows a city detective who quits the force and moves to a rural idyll at the termination of a troubled marriage. But fate never leaves a good detective in peace, and he soon finds himself investigating a possible local murder. An atmospheric, often meditative, and beautifully written crime novel." - Vaseem Khan


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