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How the Dead Speak exclusive extract

Prologue   We are all creatures of habit. Even murderers. When things work out for us, we fix on some talisman to credit for the success. Lucky pants; not shaving; performing the same actions in […]

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The Poison Garden exclusive extract

PROLOGUE Kill me now. Police Constable Nita Bevan has realised that her partner, Martin Coles, is a windbag. Three weeks together in the car and he’s barely drawn breath. He’s pretty good when they’re han- […]

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The Book Club exclusive extract

Now   There’s that noise again. It’s a shrill, beeping sort of sound. Sometimes it’s so quiet I forget about it. Sometimes I can’t hear it at all. And then all of a sudden it’s […]

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Little Liar exclusive extract

Chapter 1 Angela  Fight, fight, fight. Angela looked down at her knuckles and saw they were red. It wasn’t her blood. The crowd had formed so fast, pupils from her year – twelve- and thirteen-year-olds […]

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Fallen Angel exclusive extract

2018 Ivy Rain is lashing down as she emerges from the Tube station, gusts of wind angling the deluge almost to the horizontal. A tenaciously brutal winter had relinquished its grip only with grudging reluctance, […]

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Call Me Evie exclusive extract

ONE The green first-aid kit is open, with rolls of bandages, eye drops, butterfly stitches spilling out over the vanity like entrails. In my hand are the tiny pointed scissors. Before my eyes, they open […]

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Surgeons’ Hall exclusive extract

Hands Not so many years ago it was customary to cut off a felon’s right hand and nail it above his head as he swung from the gallows. Why? Because though it is the mind […]

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The Stalker exclusive extract

Prologue Darkness, be my friend, he whispered, though he doubted any noise escaped his lips, the words mere thoughts, lost in the gathering gloom. She had left the window open again, a clear invitation to let […]

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The Killing Habit exclusive extract

CHAPTER ONE ‘Cats?’ Thorne shook his head. ‘Are you serious? I mean they’re just . . . cats.’ DCI Russell Brigstocke gathered some papers on his desk and straightened them. ‘Yes, but there’s a good […]

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Leverage in Death exclusive extract

  Chapter 1 Thou shalt not kill. Paul Rogan didn’t consider himself a religious man, but that commandment played over and over in his head as he stepped into the lobby. As his wing tips […]

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The Puppet Show exclusive extract

  The stone circle is an ancient, tranquil place. Its stones are silent sentinels. Unmoving watchers. Their granite glistens with the morning dew. They have withstood a thousand and more winters, and although they are […]

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