The Puppet Show (Washington Poe # 1) Author M.W. Craven

Author M.W. Craven
Narrator John Banks
Washington Poe Book 1
9hrs 21 minutes
Hachette Audio UK

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues, and the police are helplessWhen his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of.

He is reluctantly partnered with brilliant but socially awkward civilian analyst Tilly Bradshaw, and the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan, and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive....

Horrific crimes in unusual settings, a massive twist within the story, two interesting lead characters and a somewhat gruesome, unhinged and unexpected perp. 
What more could you want? Well, there IS more! 

Poe has a past, he is under suspension but is called back to work because there is a very intriguing fact connecting him to an outrageous crime, reluctantly he agrees to investigate. With the help of the quirky and endearing Tilly he embarks on what must be one of the strangest and convoluted investigations of his career. This investigation leads him on a road he does not want to travel.

Actually it was a little darker than my usual reads, but, despite a somewhat slow start it is rather gripping and, I might add, stomach churning at times. Still, that doesn't stop me from wanting to know more about Washington Poe and the delightfully odd Tilly and I look forward seeing how their characters develop as the series progresses
I was happy with the narration, I thought John Banks did an excellent job
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