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The Playground Murders
04 Apr 2019 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781786697240

When a woman is found dead, and the killer is linked to the murder of a little girl in 1980, Stella is the woman for the case. But dredging up the past can be dangerous...

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 384 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
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The Playground MurdersThe Detective's Daughter, 7by Lesley Thomson

'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 #1 bestseller and the resulting series has sold over 750,000 copies. Lesley divides her time between Sussex and Gloucestershire. She lives with her partner and her dog. Visit her website at

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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