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Last to leave

(2023)
(The third book in the DS Ronnie Delmar series)
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A young mother is fighting for her life after falling from her third-floor balcony, and police question the last people to see her alive, her three best friends who, an hour earlier were celebrating her birthday at her flat. But as the investigation develops, so does the network of suspects. With the victim’s husband front and centre of the case, the focus widens to his contacts and associates, revealing a chilling connection not only with the crime in question, but with those in charge of preventing it. Forced to work alongside her arch-nemesis from the past, DCI Matt Preedy, DS Ronnie Delmar finds herself trying to untie the complex knots of the case, while simultaneously looking over her shoulder at her own colleagues and questioning the motives of those she thought she trusted.
Police procedural meets psychological thriller - this is the third in the DS Ronnie Delmar series and is set against the backdrop of contemporary policing, in particular the post-Everard scandal of misogyny and misbehaviour in the force.

Early reviews for Last to Leave
'Tense and timely, Martin asks the questions on everyone's lips right now, about policing and violence, secrets and lies. This is a belter of a book, that's as gripping as it is chilling.'
Helen Fields

‘Twists, secrets and suspects galore - a thrilling read.’
BA Paris

‘Tight writing and an engaging narrative with great depth of characters. Martin’s writing just keeps getting better and better.’
Louise Mangos

‘A cleverly plotted, fast-paced police procedural with one of the most authentic detectives in crime fiction today - and an ending you will not see coming.’
Sarah Clarke

‘Ronnie absolutely kicks butt. Refreshing, compulsive, with strong characters and terrific plot twists.’
DE White

‘Super smart – this case will keep you guessing to the last page.’
Jacqueline Sutherland

‘A dark, taut thriller that was utterly gripping. The suspense ratchets up with every page.’
Victoria Dowd

‘A satisfyingly complex contemporary police procedural that builds to a clever and convincing conclusion.’
Greg Mosse

‘Richly drawn characters, a plethora of motives and a healthy dose of paranoia. What’s not to like?’
Paul Gitsham

‘Placing violence against women and misogyny in the police force in the heart of this story, Lucy Martin has written a compelling and complex novel. This locked room mystery kept me guessing until the end.’
Joy Kluver

‘Tense, twisty and fast-paced, the compelling plotline and clever writing kept me guessing right up to the nail-biting finale.’
AA Chaudhuri


Genre: Mystery

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