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The Distant Dead
13 May 2021 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781788549745

Cleaner-turned-detective Stella Darnell connects a murder in Tewkesbury Abbey to a decades-old mystery in wartime London.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 384 pages
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The Distant DeadThe Detective's Daughter, 8Lesley Thomson

A woman lies dead in a bombed-out house. A tragic casualty of the Blitz? Or something more sinister? Sixty years later, the detective's daughter unearths the truth... From the number 1 bestselling author of The Detective's Daughter.

LONDON, 1940

Several neighbours heard the scream of the woman in the bombed-out house. One told the detective she thought the lady had seen a mouse. Another said it wasn't his business what went on behind closed doors. None of them imagined that a trusting young woman was being strangled by her lover.

TEWKESBURY, 2020

Beneath the vast stone arches of Tewkesbury Abbey, a man lies bleeding, close to death. He is the creator of a true-crime podcast which now will never air. He was investigating the murder of a 1940s police pathologist – had he come closer to the truth than he realised?

Stella Darnell has moved to Tewkesbury to escape from death, not to court it. But when this man dies in her arms, Stella, impelled to root out evil when she finds it, becomes determined to hunt down his killer and to bring the secrets he was searching for into the light...

Praise for The Detective's Daughter series:

'Lesley Thomson gets better and better' Ian Rankin

'Cunningly plotted' Mick Herron

'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction ... Thomson's plots are original and she draws her characters with genuine affection' Sunday Times

'In the best traditions of the classic whodunnit, this is Midsomer Murders for grown-ups' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

'Gloriously well-written ... Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique' 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 is a #1 bestseller and a popular fixture in the crime community.

The Detective's Daughter series has sold 800,000 copies worldwide.

The Sunday Times called cleaner-turned-detective Stella Darnell 'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction'.

MARKET: Elly Griffiths; Val McDermid; Mari Hannah; William Shaw.


'This is her best novel to date; it is not only a complex mystery, full of strange characters – many of whom meet at a talking-shop called the Death Café – but also a sensitive exploration of grief' The Times

'The Distant Dead is a little different from others in this absorbing series, but in many respects it's just the same – as well as those characters, and plenty of sinister atmosphere, it's a cracking good read, with plenty of twists and turns.The Detective's Daughter gets better and better – and I'm sure she'll be back!' Promoting Crime Fiction

PRAISE FOR LESLEY THOMSON:
'One of the most original characters in British crime fiction ... Thomson's plots are original and she draws her characters with genuine affection' Sunday Times.
'In the best traditions of the classic whodunnit, this is Midsomer Murders for grown-ups' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express.
'Lesley Thomson gets better and better' Ian Rankin.
'A clever mystery plot ... Its excellence is in the characters, all credible and memorable' Literary Review.
'Gloriously well-written ... Thomson creates a rich and sinister world that is utterly unique'
William Shaw

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