'A darkly intriguing debut.' Val McDermid'A fresh and talented new voice in crime-writing,... takes the established form of the rural detective novel, but brings it bang up to date. And all within the framework of a well-structured plot.' Ann Cleeves
(Creator of TV's Vera and Shetland)
'Opens with a bang...and interweaves a suspenseful story with graphic extracts from the Skull Hunter's blog. As Erica crosses paths with DI Will Bennett, he of the blue, blue eyes, and skeletons rattle loudly in closets, Laws brings her locations vibrantly to life.' Daneet Steffens, Time Out London.
From the Author
This is my first crime novel, now on Kindle. My twelve published books include crime and comedy fiction, prize-winning poetry, plays, and best-selling language books. Erica Bruce, my homeopath detective, is young, driven, and complex, and she meets and works uneasily with gorgeous Detective Inspector Will Bennett, who is skeptical of her ideas. My poetry has recently been about pathology and the science of dying, researched through residencies with science institutes, and my interest in pathology informs my crime fiction. This is the first of the series, the second is now on Kindle. It's set on the beautiful Northumberland coast where I grew up, though there are some larger than life characters roaming the bars of the less scenic coastal areas too! The skull collecting theme is based on a time when I lived in Wales and skull collecting was all the rage. We had a rotting spot to rot down our skulls, hence the title. I still have some of them. They are looking at me now!