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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552167150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552167154
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cath Staincliffe is a best selling, award winning novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath's books have been short-listed for the British Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l'Année. In 2012 Cath won the CWA Short Story Dagger for Laptop, sharing the prize with Margaret Murphy with her story The Message. Both stories featured in Best Eaten Cold, a Murder Squad anthology. Cath was shortlisted again with Night Nurse in 2014. Cath's Sal Kilkenny private eye series features a single-parent sleuth working the mean streets of Manchester. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath's own experience. Cath's latest stand alone book, Letters To My Daughter's Killer, exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment and whether it is possible to forgive. Letters To My Daughter's Killer was selected for Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club in 2014 and featured on ITV3s Crime Thriller Club. Ruthless is Cath's third novel based on the popular Scott & Bailey UK TV series. Cath is one of the founding members of Murder Squad - a group of Northern crime writers who give readings, talks and signings around the country. Cath was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK and now lives in Manchester, Lancashire with her family. You can follow her on Twitter, @CathStaincliffe, which she does when she should be busy writing!

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"Thoroughly excellent" ((TV REVIEW) Guardian)

"Gripping" ((TV REVIEW) Observer)

"DS Rachel Bailey and DC Janet Scott... make tweedy Oxbridge-educated gentlemen detectives seem like a long distant memory" ((TV REVIEW) Guardian)

"Genuinely funny and touching" ((TV REVIEW) Metro)

"[A] grounded, realistic look at the world of the Manchester murder squad" ((TV REVIEW) theartsdesk)

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A prequel to the hit TV series Scott and Bailey, and a chillingly authentic story of murder and hunting killers on the mean streets of Manchester

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2012
Format: Paperback
This could have been a lazy tie in to the popular TV show, but this is a very good reflection of the characters, storyline and plotting of the excellent TV show.

Scott and Bailey are female detectives in a Manchester "syndicate" (murder squad). This is a prequel to the TV series showing how they first met and how the dynamics of their relationship grow from initial dislike. Author Cath Staincliffe does an exceptional job of capturing the characters and giving then even more depth than the show. Part of the joy of the series is that these are ordinary women with ordinary problems and the balance between them as individuals and their work on the murder of a young female drug addict is very well portrayed. In simple terms, if you love the TV series, you are going to love this too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lilgreenmomo on 26 Jun 2012
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If you're a fan of ITV's detective drama 'Scott & Bailey' then this series tie-in novel is really worth a read. In fact, even if you've never seen the series this prequel is an excellent way in. The character portrayals are nicely authentic and some good back story touches add extra depth. The crime aspect of the story is quite standard but who-done-it? twists aren't really what the show is all about, it's more the process and the people that matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Reader on 12 May 2013
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This is a prequel to the fabulous Scott and Bailey TV series. Cath has not written the series, but was asked to write the prequel. A big ask I would think when you are writing the back story for characters who you have not created (but are obviously a fan of!)
Big fans of the series may have had their doubts about how well the book would be written. Fear not!
Cath has absolutely grasped all the central characters and the voices sing out loud and clear in the story. Great back stories of the them all and a terrific murder story all the way through as well. It embodies the best of Cath's talent and also what we like about Scott and Bailey; the human element that draws us to the characters each week and in every series.
The dialogue in the story is tightly written and the story moves along at a great pace.
The tragedy of human life is movingly written. Heartbreak, in whatever form, can hit anyone at any time. This story deals with it and the aftermath from very different angles but all done brilliantly.
So, as a Scott and Bailey fan, and a Cath Staincliffe fan, this book hits the mark on the both counts, big style!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2012
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.....there was the novel. However in this case television came first, with the series Scott and Bailey. Cath Staincliffe has written a prequel to the popular ITV1 crime drama series. An interesting idea but Staincliffe was the creator and scriptwriter of ITV's Blue Murder, is familiar with Manchester so is in a perfect position to write a book without simply regurgitating something from the television to appease fans.

It is not a prerequisite that you have had to watch the programme as this being a prequel it is the beginning of the story for the three main characters DC's Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey and DCI Gill Murray. I have only seen one or two episodes so their characters as they are in the programme are not really fully formed in my mind. Finding out their backgrounds and what has shaped them into the police roles they are in now and what they will be in the future and how well their dynamic will be in solving the case that brings them together is what makes this book an excellent read.

A girl has been stabbed, there is a possibility of rape, drugs play a part somewhere and the victim's mother wants justice; she is convinced it is the boyfriend. She wants blame to be apportioned so that she feels after leaving her daughter in care to be looked after the system has not failed her.

DCI Gill Murray is heading up the investigate team and she has her faithful DC Janet Scott with her, but there is a new girl on the block Rachel Bailey; gun-ho, arrogant and a bit of a risk to a well established team. Murray teams her up with Scott in the hope that Scott's calmness, experience and ease with events takes some of the arrogance away. Bailey thinks she is being mothered and wants to prove she is worthy of her place without the help of a colleague.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Love Reading on 16 Oct 2014
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After watching a loving the TV series, I was really looking forward to reading this book. And I was not disappointed. A really enjoyable read.
I found it even better as I live in the area where most of it was filmed, and having our quiet little town mentioned in the book was great. I really does help you build a picture in your mind. And having a clear image of the characters was great.
Such strong story line and very well written. I will be reading more books by this author without a doubt.

So, as well as being a Scott and Bailey fan, i'm now a Cath Staincliffe fan.

Scott and Bailey are female detectives in a Manchester Murder squad. The characters are so so different, but after a rocky start, work so so well together.
A teenage girl is found brutally murdered in her flat. Can Scott and Bailey find out why Lisa was killed or by whom.
A Brilliant Crime Thriller with twists and turns to keep you guessing.
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