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Spite Your Face

(Biding Their Time)
(The first book in the DI Carol Wren series)
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Please note this book was previously published as
Biding Their Time.

Meet Detective Carol Wren. She has abandonment issues — but she never gives up on a case. Yorkshire born and bred, and backed up by her sergeant Dave Waite. His wife has left him — but Carol is fiercely loyal to her partner.

The call comes early on Saturday morning. Devoted wife and mother-of-two Sue Cuttersby has been brutally hacked to death in her pretty suburban garden.

Detective Carol Wren can’t find anyone with a bad word to say about Sue. But someone hated the unassuming housewife enough to hit her three times on the back of the head with a claw hammer, leaving her to die in agony.

This murder was personal — and unusually vicious.

Sue’s marriage to Gary, a wealthy businessman, appears to have been happy. But Carol discovers that appearances can be deceptive.

The following day, a second body is found. Dumped on the premises of the local vet.

Carol finds herself on the trail of a depraved serial killer, the last person you’d expect . . .

Perfect for fans of Helen H. Durrant, Ann Cleeves, Rachel McLean, J.D. Kirk, Elly Griffiths and J.M. Dalgliesh.


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Menacing and enthralling.’ Onia F.

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Intriguing from start to finish. Highly recommended.’ Jane V.

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creepy right from the start.’ Mrs K.

Detective Inspector Carol Wren is in her late forties. She survived a brutal childhood, brought up by her abusive, alcoholic father after her mother disappeared. Carol is haunted by the belief her mother abandoned her, and avoids long-term, loving relationships, afraid to form a lasting bond in case she repeats the cycle of abuse. As a police officer, she is driven by the need to ensure that no one else suffers like she did. Dogged and devoted, she cares deeply for all victims and their families, and will keep going until she finds the truth. Her best friend and regular drinking buddy is her partner, Detective Sergeant Dave Waite, whose wife has recently left him. The pair often drown their sorrows together at local pub, The Lord.

Scudderton is a typical north-east coastal town, situated between Scarborough and Whitby. Surrounded by moorland, the town itself is dominated by the marina; some people moor there and live on yachts and boats, others use trawlers for work. There’s also a sandy beach, a pier and a fairground, and the town is a bustling, lively place during the tourist season. During the winter months however, once the tourists have gone home, it can be a gloomy, desolate place.

Genre: Mystery

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