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A community on the brink.

An abandoned chapel burns. In this part of Manchester, destruction is not unusual. But this time, the body of a man lies inside.

And it’s down to Scott and Bailey to save them all…

Detective Constable Rachel Bailey is struggling to come to terms with huge change, just as her partner, DC Janet Scott grapples with a horrifying tragedy. But they must put aside their own troubles if they are to solve this murder investigation. Especially when a second building goes up in flames…


‘A cracker of a story, brilliantly told, unfolding at just the right pace, and with just the right amount of shocks and alarm calls along the way – a total pleasure to read’ books
‘Cracking crime novel fizzing with action and energy … this novel is dynamite’
‘a very human, and realistic story’
‘Staincliffe is among the most productive of crime writers, but that does not alter the fact that she is one of the most imaginative and consistent in the field. That’s very much the case with her latest Scott and Bailey novel, in which she develops Britain’s answer to female cop team Cagney and Lacey with impressive new levels of psychological depth’ The Good Book Guide
‘At once a superbly-crafted and compelling tale about inner-city violence and a revealing look at the destructive tensions of family life, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page, and then leave you wanting more’ Deadly Diversions