If you love contemporary British crime fiction with a strong leading lady, then you’ll love the DC Cat McKenzie series. Cat is a detective constable in a busy serious crime squad based in the South East of England. She’s smart, spirited and has a terrier-like determination, which means she’ll do whatever it takes to find answers and bring justice to those who deserve it.

 

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They say it’s choice not chance that determines human destiny, but away from home, on sunnier shores, people aren’t always what they seem and choices can be ill informed, as detective Cat McKenzie discovers at her cost.

On the sun-soaked island of Cyprus, Cat should have been enjoying a relaxing holiday. Instead, she finds herself delving deeper and deeper into the death of a fellow guest. With a keen intuition and an inability to walk away from even the smallest of loose ends, she continues to dig, uncovering the way into the world of a ruthless killer. Outside of her jurisdiction, Cat is forced to use all of her wiles to find the murderer and bring them to account; a task made all the more difficult given the cold-hearted killer’s cunning.

Feather and Claw is the second in the Cat McKenzie mystery series.

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When the body of a once pretty teenager is found, rookie detective Cat McKenzie faces a baptism of fire with her first murder investigation. Thankfully her boss and mentor, DI Alex York, is on hand to guide her through the process; unlike others in the team, who think a smart-arsed ‘token’ woman is everything that is wrong with the Force today.

But Cat isn’t just academically bright, she’s adept at listening to her intuition. With little evidence and even less experience, she soon makes her mark, bringing in the investigation’s first potential suspect. But even before the flush of success has faded, a second woman, and then a third, are found murdered; all three women sharing the same tell-tale blood lines around their necks.

With the pool of potential killers rising as fast as the body count, Cat and her colleagues are forced to take a fresh look at the families and friends of the dead women to unravel the truth behind the confusion.

A Confusion of Crows is the first in the DC Cat McKenzie series.

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Crime Bites is a collection of short and super-short stories, each one with crime at its heart. Some are light-hearted tales, others deliciously dark.

Waiting for the bus? Date late? Or just fancy ten minutes curled up with a bedtime story that will keep you guessing till the very end? Then try one of the light bites.

If you’ve a little longer, perhaps checking in at the airport, stuck at the station or simply enjoying lunch and a cup of frothy coffee on your own, then try one of the meatier mains.

No matter how much time you’ve got to kill, banish boredom with bite-sized crime.

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