A gripping crime thriller filled with twists (Detective Janine Lewis Mysteries Book 1)
Meet Janine Lewis. A single mum of three and Manchester’s newest detective chief inspector. Her cheating husband walked out the day she got promoted. Now she’s six months pregnant with his baby and in charge of her first murder case.
The body of a deputy head teacher is found on a lonely allotment. Gutted — his stomach sliced open — and left for dead.
The only witnesses are a dying elderly man and a seven-year-old girl.
And now the prime suspect has disappeared . . .
Discover the books behind the hit ITV detective drama, starring Caroline Quentin.
‘Complex and satisfying in its handling of Lewis’s agonised attempts to be both a good cop and a good mother.’ The Sunday Times
‘Uncluttered and finely detailed prose.’ Birmingham Post
‘Beautifully realised little snapshots of the different characters’ lives … Compelling stuff.’ Sherlock Magazine
‘A swift, satisfying read.’ City Life
‘Precise and detailed delineation of contemporary family relationships.’ Tangled Web
‘Lewis seems set to become another very popular string to Staincliffe’s bow as one of the leading English murder writers.’ Manchester Metro
‘Pace and plenty of human interest.’ Publishing News
‘Blending the warmth of family life with the demands of a police investigation.’ Manchester Evening News
‘Juggling work and family is a challenge of modern life and encountering realistically portrayed women with family responsibilities is a pleasure. Staincliffe is a veteran crime fiction writer and so her plots are well-thought-out and puzzling.’ Deadly Pleasures