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The Botanist - Washington Poe (Paperback)M. W. Craven (author)
Written with characteristic hard-boiled wit, the fifth full-length investigation for DS Washington Poe combines a locked room mystery where the chief suspect is one of Poe's colleagues with a poisoner targeting the rich and famous.
Winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2023
'I swear I'm one bad mood away from calling it black magic and going home...'
Detective Sergeant Washington Poe can count on one hand the number of friends he has. And he'd still have his thumb left. There's the insanely brilliant, guilelessly innocent civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw of course. He's known his beleaguered boss, Detective Inspector Stephanie Flynn for years as he has his nearest neighbour, full-time shepherd/part-time dog sitter, Victoria.
And then there's Estelle Doyle. It's true the caustic pathologist has never walked down the sunny side of the street but this time has she gone too far? Shot twice in the head, her father's murder appears to be an open and shut case. Estelle has firearms discharge residue on her hands, and, in a house surrounded by fresh snow, hers are the only footprints going in. Since her arrest she's only said three words: 'Tell Washington Poe.'
Meanwhile, a poisoner the press have dubbed the Botanist is sending high profile celebrities poems and pressed flowers. The killer seems to be able to walk through walls and, despite the advance notice he gives his victims, and regardless of the security measures the police take, he seems to be able to kill with impunity.
For a man who hates locked room mysteries, this is going to be the longest week of Washington Poe's life . . .
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 36 mm
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Thank you to the publishers for an early review copy, as I am a massive Tilly fan I just had to read it straight away!! Well around work shifts and December madness.
I love M W Craven's books, the humour just has... More
“Read Mick Craven!”
I couldn’t recommend this more highly. Craven has created two memorable and attractive characters in Tilly Bradshaw and Washington Poe, who keep drawing me back to his books. The plotting and characterisation are... More
“An absolute tour de force in crime fiction! I loved every moment of The Botanist.”
First of all, the villain is wonderfully morally ambiguous. He's clearly an awful person, but the people he is killing are also incredibly repugnant. Do they deserve to die? Maybe not. Would I mourn any of their... More
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