THE PUPPET SHOW by M.W. CRAVEN #NetGalley #WashingtonPoe #Mystery #Thriller

the puppet show

THE PUPPET SHOW by M.W. CRAVEN #NetGalley #WashingtonPoe #Mystery #Thriller @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK

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Book Synopsis

‘Dark, sharp and compelling’ Peter James

‘A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series’ Mick Herron

Welcome to the Puppet Show . . .

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless.

When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive …

‘A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!’
David Mark

‘Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.’ Michael J. Malone

‘Nothing you’ve ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe’ Keith Nixon


Can someone drag me out of the darkness, my mind is on fire, the sense of awe has struck like a match, burning an irreparable path through my very imagination, The Puppet Show has left an imprint, a mark, a void I will find hard to fill.  

Holy Moly M.W. Craven has written a belter of a crime thriller which has set my heart racing, my mind and soul languishing in the depths of depravity where the killer instinct encased The Puppet Show, producing a phenomenally imaginative plotline.

Lately I have read several fantastic books, many from authors old and new, some books are always worth that extra shout and boy am I going to Shout in fact I may have to SCREAM OUT LOUD……..THE PUPPET SHOW by M.W.CRAVEN.

I’m not one for giving away spoilers or too much information about any book as I always want the next reader to feel the purest start, to read, feel, imagine what the author is trying to convey in the prologue or first chapter. Well Craven has managed this with the utmost ease, the stroke of a pen, the flair of imagination, poured straight into the first few pages and lodged firmly in the centre of my brain, ticking over, mulling over, trickling down impregnating every synapse, sparking and firing my every thought.

What I will give you is a short brief of what The Puppet Show entails, a lead character, disgraced Detective Washington Poe, deaths by burning, a message, Poe is involved but how, then we have the socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, a constant by Poe’s side. The death’s, what’s the connection to Poe, what’s the plan and who only wants Poe to see the truth and follow the clues to the very end no matter what.

Poe and Bradshaw are two very different characters but work well together, they both have issues but the awkwardness of Tilly has ignited a fire in Poe that had been dampened down due to a previous incident in his last investigation. Reading about the interactions between Poe and Bradshaw was hilarious at times, it certainly made me smile and a giggle or two escaped. I sincerely hope Craven writes more about Bradshaw and Poe as they are such a well matched crime fighting duo and I would be sad if this didn’t transpire.

The Puppet Show is a dark, deviously intense crime thriller that will hold no prisoners, once you are in the very bowels of this book you have no chance of giving up, sleep won’t come, even after the very last page……..

Thank you to NetGalley, M.W. Craven and Little Brown Book Group UK for the advanced readers copy of The Puppet Show, it has been an honour to read and review The Puppet Show, review written with an unbiased opinion. I look forward to the next in the series and hopefully it won’t be a long time in coming.


Author Bio

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .

M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.

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