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Avison Fluke series by M.W. Craven


If you like crime fiction, you really should know the name M. W. Craven by now. His Washington Poe novels have gathered fans far and wide since The Puppet Show published in 2018, he’s been praised by the biggest names in thriller writing from Peter James to Martina Cole, and at the end of last year he won the most prestigious crime fiction award, the CWA Gold Dagger, for best crime novel of the year. On top of this, he was also shortlisted for the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards: Best Crime Novel, the Goldsboro Glass Bell Award and the Dead Good Reader Awards in 2019. Oh, and he won Cumbria Life Author of the Year. (Okay, okay… I’ll stop now.)

If you’ve read and loved the Washington Poe novels, The Puppet Show and Black Summer, and are eagerly awaiting book three in the series (The Curator is out in June), then I have just the novels to keep you gripped in the meantime . . . Meet Avison Fluke: the star of Craven’s other crime series.

Avison Fluke is a Detective Inspector in Cumbrian police force and, just like Washington Poe, he has no shortage of gruesome and complex crime cases to solve (I’m talking severed hands, execution-style murders – the lot). Unlike Washington Poe though, Fluke works within the law, and he has no spaniel sidekick.

Born in a Burial Gown and Body Breaker deliver the kind of gritty, pacy crime writing that Craven has become known and loved for, and it’s no surprise that the first novel was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award. Pick up the series and decide whether your heart lies with Washington Poe, or whether Avison Fluke could steal the show . . .

Hannah Wann