I received this book for free from the Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Black Summer (Washington Poe, #2) by M.W. Craven
on 20th June 2019
Genres: Fiction, Crime
Reading Challenges: Reading Challenge 2019
After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .
Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.
So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.
Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?
And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.
OMFG!!! Black Summer is fucking Extraordinary!!!
I was like an excited puppy waiting for a treat. While I waited to be accepted on NetGalley for this book. Once I had, I may have done a little ka-ching and a little FUCK YES!!!
The Puppet Show was such a fantastic book. I honestly didn’t think you could write one epic book let alone two. But M.W.Craven proved us very very wrong because this book is flipping magnificent.
Ahhhhh, Tilly and Poe!!! Both such very different characters but equally as bloody awesome. Their bond is so incredibly rare and special.
I love how M.W.Craven has developed such a uniquely different and diverse character with Tilly Bradshaw. Although it hasn’t be mentioned. Tilly, I think has traits of ASD. I love that Tilly isn’t being treated differently in a horrible way. But she is being treated as a normal person with quirky traits. She is accepted for just being her. And she is able to use her quirks such as researching, organising, maths skills, being a computer genius. She is being appreciated for being her. Not being treated differently, like she isn’t a part of normal society or that she doesn’t belong.
Washington Poe, he’s just a wonderful but a sometimes closed of character but within this book, we are discovering why Poe is the way he is, we are discovering more about him, there is so more depth.
His relationship with Tilly is perfect and unique. I think Tilly is a good influence on Poe. Who doesn’t like listening to people above him and goes off on his own to investigate but Tilly who is very big on doing the right thing always brings him back in line? As well as the complex crime plot, these twos relationship is a massive reason as to why this book/series is so fabulous.
Poe finds himself heavily involved and in serious trouble with the current case, he’s working on… But are Poe and Tilly strong enough to find out what is going and can Tilly rescue Poe?
Elizabeth Keaton disappears and Her father Celebrity Chef Jared Keaton is sent down for murder by the help of Washington Poe who investigated the original case. But Elizabeth is back, turning up at a drop in at a local library then she suddenly disappears again after speaking to the police. Washington Poe is called back to Cumbria as everybody thinks Elizabeth is back, but is she? Jared Keaton will now be set free unless Washington can prove that Elizabeth isn’t Elizabeth. With everything against him including people on the police force believing Washington Poe send down the WRONG man.
This is a brilliant, complex case, with many twist and turns. It is fast-paced but I forced myself to read it slowly as I honestly did NOT want this book to end after the awesome beginning it had. I wanted to savour Tilly and Poe for a little longer. And I completely devoured this epically brilliant, complex, gripping wonderful crime plot mike has created. It’s genius much like Tilly.
This is undoubtedly my favourite crime book of 2019 and it breaks my heart we have to wait till 2020 for another instalment of Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw.
I can not and will not ever give this book enough justice with my review.
So before writing another novel all about this fantastic book…
…This book undoubtedly deserves every single 5 stars and more. It’s out today, go and buy it NOW. You most definitely, do NOT want to miss this magnificent beast of a book.
Happy Publication Day, M.W.Craven!!!
Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army when he turned sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years, he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army and completed a degree in social work, with specialisms in criminology, psychology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.
Between leaving the army and securing his first publishing deal, Mike found time to keep a pet crocodile, breed snakes, survive cancer and get married. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, and his springer spaniel, Bracken.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Reading Challenge 2019