The Remains of the Dead - Michelle Angharad Pashley

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Her career blocked by the sexist Superintendent Marshall, Detective Sergeant Madeline Driscoll transfers out of her usual manor of Peckham for a less intense beat in Northallerton. Life might be less exciting but at least she’ll get her promotion. But, on her first day, Inspector Driscoll has a child abduction case drop in her lap.

Madeline throws herself into the investigation, knowing time is against her in the search for Lilly Green, all of two months old. Yet nothing makes sense: Lilly was abducted from her home, not a public space, and by a woman posing as a child development officer. What would drive someone to take such risks? Then there’s Olivia, friend of the family and hiding secrets about her own baby — but what secrets? And come to that, what can Madeline make of a husky six-foot ex-copper in a pink nylon wig and floral dress, or the slick and annoying reporter, Guy Richards, who might be on to something or might be nothing more than a pain in the neck?

Questions pile up. The hunt grows more frantic as hours pass into days. It seems there’s no hope of finding Lilly or her abductor …

The much-awaited follow up to Black Sheep Cottage, The Remains of the Dead has the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from Michelle Angharad Pashley’s writing: instantly memorable characters, warm humour and dark secrets. The Remains of the Dead is a crime thriller to savour — if only you can resist the urge to keep turning the page to find out what happened to young Lilly Green.

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