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The Puppet Show #Blogtour by M. W. Craven


Firstly I’d like to thank M.W. Craven and Beth Wright at Little Brown for the opportunity of being included on this Blog tour – it’s greatly appreciated and a real privilege when you get to read incredible books like this and review them.


He pulls their strings.

He watches them burn.

Welcome to the Puppet Show…

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

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

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

This hotly tipped must-read truly is lives up to everything that’s been said about it: ‘Fantastic’ ‘Thrilling’ ‘Dark and twisty’ ‘Sharp and compelling’ 

About the Author: 

M.W. Craven

M.W. Craven Was born in Cumbria, running away to join the army at the age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years traveling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position. Recently, he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

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

  My Review of The Puppet Show

Phew – what an absolute scorcher of a book. This one sends you spinning into a fiery frenzy, never to be extinguished. Theres have been two bodies already, burnt, alive in Stone cirlces. But when a member of the Serious Crime Analyst Section (SCAS) team finds the name of they’re suspended colleague Washington Poe, carved into the charred remains of the third burnt body it means sending DI Stephanie Flynn to find Poe and warn him of their findings. But to tell him he has to return to work from his extended leave. Poe finds himself paired with the socially inept but highly intelligent (and fantastic) Tilly Bradshaw.  Cue Poe, Flynn, Bradshaw, and Reid all hunting for the aptly named ‘Immolation Man’ who’s kidnapping, torturing and then killing Men by setting them on fire, alive. Death by fire. Leaving no clues as to who, or why.

So, the who and Why needs solving.

It’s Poe & Bradshaws job to find the answers, whichever way they can – not always the way they should, and catch the killer before any further murders occur.

Based on Shap Fells in Cumbria the story is atmospheric and suspenseful. A truly energetic piece of writing that will keep you awake reading and your mind thinking long after you’ve finished the book.

The Puppet Show is a truly nerve-wracking, edge-of-the-seat, gasp-out-loud read. Compelling story-telling – at its best. The intensity burns throughout and the heat doesn’t die down, even when the answers are revealed, it still smolders.

This is one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read and deserves all the ‘hype’ it’s received, simply because it deserves it. The pairing of Poe and Tilly is an act of genius and together they make the most amazing crime-solving duo. Step away Batman & Robin – Poe & Bradshaw are in town to stay.

I’m really pleased to know M.W. Craven is currently writing the next book #Black Summer in the Washington Poe series, due out this summer. I personally, can not wait to read the next installment.

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