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Scratch Deeper

(2012)
(The first book in the DC Iona Khan series)
A novel by

 
 
In sun-soaked Mauritius, a retired Law Lord is murdered.
In rain-sodden Manchester, the Labour party conference is about to start.
Promoted to Greater Manchester Police’s prestigious Counter Terrorism Unit, Detective Constable Iona Khan’s very first case seems disappointing: a trivial use of false identity by a Sri Lankan student asking suspicious questions about Manchester’s tunnel system.
But when Iona learns the identity of the conference’s guest speaker, she realizes the case may not be so trivial after all - and she must enter the dark and dripping world beneath the city to prevent a possible catastrophe.

‘Plenty of tension, a likeable heroine and some superb set-pieces in the claustrophobic subterranean tunnels add up to an exhilarating read.' The Guardian

‘A good police procedural with an interesting and engaging lead character…’ Eurocrime

’All in all Scratch Deeper is a taut, tense and thrilling novel which demanded my attention from first page to last.’ CrimeSquad

Some Amazon reader reviews for Scratch Deeper...

‘Simms is a master of characterisation and he comes up trumps again with this, the first novel in a new police procedural series featuring DC Iona Khan.’

‘The book keeps you glued throughout, it is up there with the likes of Michael Connelly. It’s a must read.’

‘Packed full of tension, pace, drama and intensely plotted storytelling at its finest.’

‘Top read, thoroughly enjoyable and look forward to discovering more from this author.’

‘It's creepy and claustrophobic, and a great police procedural.’

‘Fabulous book with a really good plot and strong characters.’

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Chris Simms's Scratch Deeper

Hardback Editions

April 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Scratch Deeper (An Iona Khan Mystery)
Author(s): Chris Simms
ISBN: 0-7278-9699-7 / 978-0-7278-9699-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Large Print Books
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October 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Scratch Deeper (An Iona Khan Mystery)
Author(s): Chris Simms
ISBN: 1-78029-035-7 / 978-1-78029-035-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Creme de la Crime
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Scratch Deeper (An Iona Khan Mystery)
Author(s): Chris Simms
ISBN: 1-78029-535-9 / 978-1-78029-535-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Paperbacks Ltd
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Audio Editions

December 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Scratch Deeper
Author(s): Chris Simms
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon AU   


December 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Scratch Deeper
Author(s): Chris Simms
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Scratch Deeper
Author(s): Chris Simms
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Scratch Deeper - a young female detective fights to prevent a terror attack (DC Iona Khan Book 1)
Author(s): Chris Simms
Publisher: Richmond Publishing
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