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The Devil's Dice

(The first book in the DI Meg Dalton series)
A novel by


Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award

The Times Crime Book of the Month, April 2018

‘A fascinating debut’ The Sunday Times

‘A touch of Agatha Christie, a dash of Ann Cleeves’s Vera and a suitably moody setting in the Peaks…bring a formidable newcomer to British crime writing.’ Daily Mail



A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.


Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.


As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it's clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg – and the dice are loaded…

A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An outstanding debut. The Devil’s Dice had me gripped from the start." - Stephen Booth

"A fascinating debut with a deliciously old school mystery at its heart. I can’t wait to see what Watkins does next!" - Angela Clarke

"Really enjoyed The Devil’s Dice – loved the supernatural feel and excellent resolution. What a copper!" - Mick Finlay

"Brilliant. I love Meg!" - Lisa Hall

"Smart, atmospheric detective story with an unexpected topical twist." - Adam Hamdy

"A fabulous book. I can’t wait to meet DI Meg Dalton again." - B A Paris

"The Devil's Dice encapsulates the dark heart of the Peaks and enthrals the reader with its clever and compelling plot." - Sarah Ward

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