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The Devil's Claw

(2017)
(The first book in the Jennifer Dorey Mystery series)
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The six drowned girls stared up at them from the photographs. All young. All attractive. All dead. 'It is a lot of dead girls. And it's a very small island.'

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AN ATMOSPHERIC NEW CRIME SERIES SET IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS



Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer Dorey has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.

After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.

Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to 'Fritz', the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier. His work, painstakingly executed, has so far gone undetected.

But with his identity about to be uncovered, the killer now has Jennifer in his sights.

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'Enthralling, compelling, mysterious.' Lisa Hall, author of Tell Me No Lies

'Atmospheric and tense. Superb!' Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister

'Dark, haunting and full of twists.' Christ Whitaker, author of All The Wicked Girls

'A gripping thriller set in Guernsey. I loved it!' Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

'A dark, thrilling murder mystery in a richly-realised setting - the best debut I've read this year.' Mason Cross

'A twisty thriller set in Guernsey and populated with great characters.' - Olivia Kiernan, author of Too Close To Breathe

'Darkly atmospheric, nail-bitingly tense, intrigue-packed - a real crime fiction must read!' Stephanie Marland, author of My Little Eye

'A gripping thriller set in Guernsey, tremendous sense of place and characters I really cared about.' Laura Marshall, author of Friend Request

'The Devil's Claw is a great read and I absolutely loved it. I've never been to Guernsey but now feel like I know it.' Patricia Gibney, author of The Stolen Girls

'There is darkness even within the most beautiful of landscapes, and Lara Dearman writers on this with stunning effect in her debut page-turner The Devil's Claw. Set in Guernsey and steeped in island folklore, this novel explores a fifty year-old mystery, and marks the arrival of a fantastic new talent.' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

'Lara Dearman's The Devil's Claw is a powerful debut. With smooth prose and engaging characters, Dearman draws her readers into a tangled web of secrets. Layer upon layer of lies and unexpected connections will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter

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What readers have to say about The Devil's Claw



'Really gripping'. Goodreads

'A hauntingly good thriller.' Goodreads

'A lovely twisty tale with a haunting setting.' Goodreads

'Superb murder mystery. I couldn't put it down.' Amazon

'A superb new series with great characters and amazing scenery. Loved it!' Amazon

'Cracking plot, history, intrigue, setting to die for (quite literally) and sprinkles of ghosts and folklore, and you have a novel which delivers on every level and leaves you wanting more.' Goodreads

    

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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Devil's Claw: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery
Author(s): Lara Dearman
ISBN: 1-68331-456-5 / 978-1-68331-456-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Devil's Claw (Jennifer Dorey 1)
Author(s): Lara Dearman
ISBN: 1-4091-7028-4 / 978-1-4091-7028-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Trapeze
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

December 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Devil's Claw
Author(s): Lara Dearman
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Devil's Claw: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery
Author(s): Lara Dearman
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


September 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Devil's Claw (Jennifer Dorey 1)
Author(s): Lara Dearman
Publisher: Trapeze
Availability: Amazon UK   



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