The Crime Writers' Association

Gold 2019

M W Craven
The Puppet Show


A serial killer is on the loose, elderly men being picked off and mutilated and burnt, in this engrossing tale set in the desolate, remote landscapes of Cumbria. Three terrific characters in Poe, Fleming and introducing the wonderfully innocent and quite brilliant data analyst Tilly Bradshaw. Complex plot based on a simple premise, this is a macabre and grisly suspense, not without its moments of humour.