When the Dead Come Calling (Paperback)Helen Sedgwick (author)
Suffused with a profoundly creepy atmosphere, Sedgwick's Burrowhead Mysteries series kicks off with the sinister slaying of a psychotherapist in a sleepy Scottish town and eerie activity inside a supposedly haunted cave.
A Scottish Book Trust 2020 Great Scottish Novel
In the first of the Burrowhead Mysteries, an atmospheric murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where no one is innocent.
When psychotherapist Alexis Cosse is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead, DI Strachan and her team of local police investigate, exposing a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia simmering beneath the surface of the village.
Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband, DI Strachan discovers something lurking in the history of Burrowhead, while someone (or something) equally threatening is hiding in the strange and haunted cave beneath the cliffs...
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm
'Unputdownable. When the Dead Come Calling tracks the toxin which seeped into a village. If you read closer you will see who the 'key workers' are. Helen Sedgwick saw into the future and that future is now! It's an incredible book! READ IT.' - Lemn Sissay, author of My Name Is Why
'The author has created an intriguing plot with twists and turns underlaid with the supernatural and her descriptions of the landscape and changing weather, brooding and windswept, bright and sunny is an original metaphor for how the investigation is proceeding. This is a stunning, complex, out-of-the mainstream novel that's completely immersive.' - Mystery People
'Sedgwick's writing is minutely observational, clever and warm. One minute you are transported by her descriptions of the landscape, the next she is raising the hairs on the back of your neck with her dreamlike descriptions of whatever lurks in the cave at the foot of the cliffs. It is her portrayal of the closed world of a remote community, however, that will chill you to the bone.' - Scotsman
'A multi-layered tale from a range of viewpoints that reaches back into history and poses as many questions as it answers... the pages of When The Dead Come Calling fairly sizzle with stagmen, menhirs and evil carrion birds... a thumpingly good read shot through with some beautiful prose.' - The Herald
'The dense narrative moves back and forth, incorporating horrors from the past and fears and resentments from the present. The final twist works well and adds an extra layer to the story that is both surprising and moving.' - Literary Review
'Helen Sedgwick weaves a clever combination of psychological suspense and low-key police procedural.' - Crimereview
'Creepy, atmospheric and spine-tingling, When The Dead Come Calling is the kind of mystery so deviously plotted it left me reeling. Brilliant.' - Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks
'When The Dead Come Calling confirms what many of us already knew: Helen Sedgwick is one of Scotland's finest contemporary storytellers.' - Claire Askew, author of All the Hidden Truths
'Beautifully written, beguiling and mysterious, the sort of book that would reward a second (and third) read. And a twisty plot with an undercurrent of supernatural malevolence that ticked all my boxes.' - Fiona Erskine, author of The Chemical Detective
'By combining up-to-the-minute themes, well-tuned dialogue and warm and witty details of everyday life with a deep, impressionistic sense of dread, Sedgwick produces a mystery as addictive as it is anxiety-inducing ... deserves to be a stonking series with wide appeal that should run and run.' - Molly Flatt, author of The Charmed Life of Alex Moore
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“When the Dead Come Calling, by Helen Sedgwick”
You really do not want to live in Burrowhead. The place is haunted. It is the kind of place where the blood has seeped into the ground and the coffins rise to the surface. It is a place where the inhabitants... More
“Crime, verging on folk horror”
I'm grateful to the publisher for a free advance copy of When the Dead Come Calling to consider for review.
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“Darkness beneath the surface of Burrowhead”
There is something beneath the surface of the quiet northern coastal town of Burrowhead; a darkness that brings the coffins up through the soil of the graveyard like breaching whales. Horrific secrets of the... More
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