The Puppet Show

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 soci A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and ...

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Title:The Puppet Show
Author:M.W. Craven
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Genres:Thriller
ISBN:1472127439
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Puppet Show Reviews

  • Andy Weston
    Sep 26, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    May 14, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

  • Hobart
    Sep 24, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

    This author is good, very good. A cracking story from the first page to the last. Well written and flows well. I do hope that we come across "Tilly " again at some stage a really fabulous character. Will be reading more form this guy. ...

    The Puppet Show is the first novel in a new series (I hope). It features DS Washington Poe and civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw. The duo compliment each other perfectly and it truly makes this a fantastic new series. Where Poe is brash and rugged, Tilly is socially awkward, yet intellig...

    "The Puppet Show" is a skillful, dark and gripping murder mystery by M.W. Craven set in in and around the ancient moorlands and stone circles of Cumbria. A serial killer is setting people alight, alive in the stones circles, he leaves only one clue on the third victim, he carved the na...

    This is a good story, well told but what sets it above the many others in this genre is Poe and Tilly. They are definitely an odd couple but a good example of something being greater than the sum of its parts. I believe this is the first book in a series and that makes me very happy an...

    Glad I picked this up - a good police procedural with an interesting ?odd couple? pair investigating - gruff Washington Poe and socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw. The fog & stone walls of Cumbria are brought to life nicely. Graphic at times and I guessed (part of) the plot but it...

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- ?First impressions?? Flynn asked. He studied the slash marks again. Not including the messy number five, he counted forty-two. Forty-two wounds to spell out 'Washington Poe?. Forty-two individual expressions of agony...

  • Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
    May 29, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

  • Kate
    Jun 10, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

  • Keith Nixon
    May 12, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    May 31, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

  • Anna Baillie-Karas
    Sep 07, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

    This author is good, very good. A cracking story from the first page to the last. Well written and flows well. I do hope that we come across "Tilly " again at some stage a really fabulous character. Will be reading more form this guy. ...

    The Puppet Show is the first novel in a new series (I hope). It features DS Washington Poe and civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw. The duo compliment each other perfectly and it truly makes this a fantastic new series. Where Poe is brash and rugged, Tilly is socially awkward, yet intellig...

    "The Puppet Show" is a skillful, dark and gripping murder mystery by M.W. Craven set in in and around the ancient moorlands and stone circles of Cumbria. A serial killer is setting people alight, alive in the stones circles, he leaves only one clue on the third victim, he carved the na...

    This is a good story, well told but what sets it above the many others in this genre is Poe and Tilly. They are definitely an odd couple but a good example of something being greater than the sum of its parts. I believe this is the first book in a series and that makes me very happy an...

    Glad I picked this up - a good police procedural with an interesting ?odd couple? pair investigating - gruff Washington Poe and socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw. The fog & stone walls of Cumbria are brought to life nicely. Graphic at times and I guessed (part of) the plot but it...

  • Emma
    Jun 11, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

  • Kat
    Jun 15, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

  • Liz Barnsley
    May 20, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

  • David Gilchrist
    Jun 11, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

    This author is good, very good. A cracking story from the first page to the last. Well written and flows well. I do hope that we come across "Tilly " again at some stage a really fabulous character. Will be reading more form this guy. ...

  • Tracy Fenton
    Aug 03, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

  • Gram
    May 25, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

  • Thebooktrail
    May 25, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

  • Sarah
    May 28, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

  • Natalie Mullan
    Jun 30, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

  • Mandy White
    Jun 06, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

  • Laura Rash
    Jul 19, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

  • Colette Lamberth
    May 20, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

    This author is good, very good. A cracking story from the first page to the last. Well written and flows well. I do hope that we come across "Tilly " again at some stage a really fabulous character. Will be reading more form this guy. ...

    The Puppet Show is the first novel in a new series (I hope). It features DS Washington Poe and civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw. The duo compliment each other perfectly and it truly makes this a fantastic new series. Where Poe is brash and rugged, Tilly is socially awkward, yet intellig...

    "The Puppet Show" is a skillful, dark and gripping murder mystery by M.W. Craven set in in and around the ancient moorlands and stone circles of Cumbria. A serial killer is setting people alight, alive in the stones circles, he leaves only one clue on the third victim, he carved the na...

    This is a good story, well told but what sets it above the many others in this genre is Poe and Tilly. They are definitely an odd couple but a good example of something being greater than the sum of its parts. I believe this is the first book in a series and that makes me very happy an...

  • Mark Tilbury
    Aug 26, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

  • Paromjit
    May 17, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    Jun 26, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

    This author is good, very good. A cracking story from the first page to the last. Well written and flows well. I do hope that we come across "Tilly " again at some stage a really fabulous character. Will be reading more form this guy. ...

    The Puppet Show is the first novel in a new series (I hope). It features DS Washington Poe and civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw. The duo compliment each other perfectly and it truly makes this a fantastic new series. Where Poe is brash and rugged, Tilly is socially awkward, yet intellig...

  • Lou
    Jun 02, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

  • Elaine Tomasso
    May 28, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

  • Jacqueline Murphy
    May 11, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

    This author is good, very good. A cracking story from the first page to the last. Well written and flows well. I do hope that we come across "Tilly " again at some stage a really fabulous character. Will be reading more form this guy. ...

    The Puppet Show is the first novel in a new series (I hope). It features DS Washington Poe and civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw. The duo compliment each other perfectly and it truly makes this a fantastic new series. Where Poe is brash and rugged, Tilly is socially awkward, yet intellig...

    "The Puppet Show" is a skillful, dark and gripping murder mystery by M.W. Craven set in in and around the ancient moorlands and stone circles of Cumbria. A serial killer is setting people alight, alive in the stones circles, he leaves only one clue on the third victim, he carved the na...

  • The Book Review Café
    May 21, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

  • G.J.
    Oct 08, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

  • Julie Lacey
    Jun 07, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...

    I actually read the last 30 or so pages repeatedly saying?oh shit oh shit oh shit?! What starts off with gore to the max turns into one of the most complicated plots ever that goes back to years of information. The flawed characters in this book are so endearing that they beg for a...

    The Puppet Show by M W Craven - what a brilliant book! I was hooked straight away - gruesome murders, a disgraced cop and great writing - what's not to love!! There is a serial killer in the Lake District - and he is burning his victims alive. When the 3rd victim is discovered with...

    Really enjoyed this one, evident from the fact that I read it all today. A proper crime thriller with a really great detective. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2! ...

    Most of us have hobbies / collections that may be a little embarrassing should they become known to the wider public... for me, it?s reading crime set in the Lake District, where I live. Over the years it?s become a little like Midsomer though, and of course the large majority of w...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for and advance copy of The Puppet Show, a police procedural set in Cumbria, featuring DS Washington Poe of the National Crime Agency. When Tilly Bradshaw, a civilian analyst with the NCA, discovers Washington Poe's nam...

    Visit the locations in the novel Oh dear all that is good with the world Why do I read books which make me unable to sleep? Made the mistake of only reading a few chapters on the kindle - blue light tends to make me fall asleep - so a few hours later, I can only see ghostl...

    Don?t you just love picking up a book and being instantly gripped and grabbed from the first chapter? Well The Puppet Show is one of those books and I literally couldn?t put it down until I finished it. What can I say that hasn?t already been said? The setting in Cumbria is at...

    'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.' Washington Poe doesn't believe in doing nothing. He's always looking for answers and clues to help him solve an ever increasingly complex case. He is also one of the best characters to have been created in ...

    Hugely enjoyed this! A great story but the best of all the wonderful things about this novel were the fantastic, memorable characters. How I love Tilly! And I loved the Cumbria setting. All the stars. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...

    I really don?t have enough words to describe just how much I loved this book it has to be one of my top reads of the year if not out of all the books I have read it was amazing. Poe and Tilly were for me by far two of the best characters I have read in book I fell in love with both a...

    Absolutely brilliant. Could not put it down. Fast paced, excellent writing, extremely clever plot and fantastic characters. Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw make the book. Top of my list for psychological-thriller for the year (and a debut novelist...can?t wait for another novel)! ...

    A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a book called Body Breaker written by Mike Craven (that's Mike Craven as in M.W. Craven, if you were wondering what odd tangent I was meandering off at!), and it was an absolute joy to read from start to finish. I pre...

    An absolutely fascinating and harrowing mystery thriller. Someone is kidnapping men, torturing them and setting them on fire while they're still alive. Their charred bodies are left at the sites of ancient stone circles in Cumbria - home to the Lake District and one of the most sparsel...

    This author is good, very good. A cracking story from the first page to the last. Well written and flows well. I do hope that we come across "Tilly " again at some stage a really fabulous character. Will be reading more form this guy. ...

    The Puppet Show is the first novel in a new series (I hope). It features DS Washington Poe and civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw. The duo compliment each other perfectly and it truly makes this a fantastic new series. Where Poe is brash and rugged, Tilly is socially awkward, yet intellig...

    "The Puppet Show" is a skillful, dark and gripping murder mystery by M.W. Craven set in in and around the ancient moorlands and stone circles of Cumbria. A serial killer is setting people alight, alive in the stones circles, he leaves only one clue on the third victim, he carved the na...

    This is a good story, well told but what sets it above the many others in this genre is Poe and Tilly. They are definitely an odd couple but a good example of something being greater than the sum of its parts. I believe this is the first book in a series and that makes me very happy an...

    Glad I picked this up - a good police procedural with an interesting ?odd couple? pair investigating - gruff Washington Poe and socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw. The fog & stone walls of Cumbria are brought to life nicely. Graphic at times and I guessed (part of) the plot but it...

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- ?First impressions?? Flynn asked. He studied the slash marks again. Not including the messy number five, he counted forty-two. Forty-two wounds to spell out 'Washington Poe?. Forty-two individual expressions of agony...

    I loved this book and can?t wait for more in this series. The body of a man is found burnt at the stake in a stone circle and DI Flynn is investigating the murder. Another body then turns up and the cuts on his burnt chest spell out Washington Poe. Flynn knows Poe but knows he?...

  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    Jun 09, 2018

    You can always tell if a piece of crime fiction is special and MW Craven's debut marks the arrival of a gifted and natural crime writer with a bright future ahead of him. Set in the sparsely populated Cumbria with its numerous stone circles, Washington Poe, has settled into and fixing ...

    There are three reasons why I requested this - firstly, the endorsements of Peter James and A.A. Dhand, both authors I love. Secondly, the cover, and finally, the synopsis appealed to me as it sounded pretty dark and gruesome. Everything about this book screamed that it was going to be...

    I'm so very pleased to say that The Puppet Show is a fabulous book! I had high hopes, and you know high hopes high falls, so I'm especially glad when I realized not only is the book engrossing to read, it features two new favorite characters Detective Washington Poe and very socially a...

    There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a new crime series that sets the pulse racing. I read so many crime thrillers that I find it?s getting more difficult to find one that really excites me, but hells bells The Puppet Show by the very talented M.W. Craven blew my socks...

    Oh My Goodness Me! Having read a couple of the authors other books, I knew I would be in for a good reading experience, I hadn't been prepared to be totally blown away though as this book isn't just good, it's brilliant! There are so many detective books out there that I think it ca...

    A stunning novel that I suspect will be one of the novels of 2018 if not right at the top of the pile. If you read only one book this year make sure it is the puppet show. ...

    The Puppet Show is a brilliantly twisted, horrifically wonderful serial killer thriller where the killer and thriller is totally outdone by the imaginative, engaging and purely emotionally resonant characters. Ok so we do have a mystery that is intriguing, compelling and utterly riv...

    I am having a really good run of books at the moment ! The Puppet Show is a great story, set in Cumbria, Washington Poe is tasked to track down a serial killer. He has an unlikely sidekick in the form of Tilly Bradshaw, a mathematical genius and socially awkward young woman. An unusual...

    Call me a psychic! A five star psychic! I predicted that The Puppet Show was going to be brilliant, and I was bloody right! I knew it! I just knew it! It gave me those vibes, you know what I mean? You pick up or hear about a book, feeling all attracted to the cover. Come on, we ALL ...

    This is a really good crime thriller set in the sleepy Lake District. I got a bit confused between SCAS (Serious Crime Analysis Section) and NCA (National Crime Agency). It took me a while to work out that SCAS is part of NCA and not two separate teams but it doesn't distract from th...