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Quiet Acts of Violence

It’s always such a privilege to publish the latest from Cath Staincliffe because, as Ann Cleeves has said, any book Cath writes is guaranteed to give us a moral workout. And although often not a relaxing read, her books leave you asking questions about the state of our society in the UK today, about what’s right and what’s wrong, about how we view and treat one another and how our prejudices are formed and sustained.

In Quiet Acts of Violence we are reunited with the two female police detectives first encountered in the powerful and moving Girl in the Green Dress. Here, Donna Bell and Jade Bradshaw are tasked with investigating the death of a newborn found in a trade bin; is it a tragic accident or murder, and what circumstances in Austerity Britain have led to this situation?

As in all of Cath’s books, there are no easy answers or neat, happy endings. But if you want a thought-provoking read which questions your assumptions, then look no further than this book.

Cath was due to appear at Harrogate this month to talk about Quiet Acts of Violence but sadly yet inevitably the festival this year was cancelled. We are so pleased, however, to report that Cath has now been asked by the organisers to appear next year, when Harrogate and all of us within the crime fiction community will be up and running again. And I think we should all now raise a glass to that!

Krystyna Green