DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of them goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. But her path leads her to more than a missing friend . . . Its an easy job to track the young woman down to the Writers House, a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to workshop and work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Veras neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else. Shes too close to the main suspect. But the investigation is too tempting and shes never been one to follow the rules. There seems to be no motive. No meaning to the crime. Then another body is found, and Vera suspects that someone is playing games with her. Somewhere there is a killer who has taken murder off the page and is making it real . . .
About the Author
Ann Cleeves worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She now promotes reading as Harrogate Crime-Writing Festivals reader in residence, and is also a member of Murder Squad, working with other northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel for Raven Black. Ann lives in North Tyneside.