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The Playground Murders
04 Apr 2019 * EBOOK * £2.99 * 9781786697233

Forty years after the murder in a playground of a six-year-old girl, cleaner-turned-detective Stella Darnell has unearthed new information about Sarah and her killer.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 448 pages
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'A class above' IAN RANKIN.

Forty years ago, in the dark of the playground, two children's lives were changed for ever.

The case of six-year-old Sarah Ferris, killed in an empty playground, haunted Hammersmith police for decades. Not just because the victim would never see her seventh birthday. But because solving the case meant arresting another child on suspicion of Sarah's murder.

Now, forty years later, cleaner-turned-detective Stella Darnell has unearthed new information about Sarah and her killer.

As Stella pieces together the truth about what happened all those years ago, she is drawn into a story of jealousy, betrayal and the end of innocence. A story that has not yet reached its end...

'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction' SUNDAY TIMES.

'Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique... Gloriously well-written' WILLIAM SHAW.

Lesley Thomson grew up in west London. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was a number 1 bestseller and sold over 500,000 copies. Visit her website at lesleythomson.co.uk

Lesley Thomson has sold 750,000 copies.

Lesley Thomson is a #1 bestseller and an excellent self-promoter.

Unique characters: cleaner Stella and train driver Jack.

MARKET: Susie Steiner; Jane Harper.


As compelling as its predecessors... A white-knuckle read' The Tablet

This is a dark complex novel with many twists and turns that will keep you turning the page... It's a story of jealousy, betrayal and menace where no one remains unscathed' Mystery People

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