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Working Girls (Bev Morriss Mysteries Book 1) by [Carter, Maureen]
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A hard-hitting debut... fast moving with a well-realised character in Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss. I'll look forward to her next appearance. -- Mystery Lovers

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Just 15 years old...
brutalised...
dumped in a park...
throat slashed...
schoolgirl prostitute Michelle Lucas died in agony and terror
... utterly alone.

The sight breaks the heart of Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss of West Midlands Police. She thought she was hardened, inured, but gazing at Michelle's pale, broken body she is consumed by a cold fury.

She knows this case is different - this is the one that will push her to the edge.

Plunging herself into the seedy heart of Birmingham's vice-land she struggles to infiltrate the deadly jungle of hookers, evil pimps and violent johns. But no one will co-operate, no one will break the wall of silence...

Is it fear or guilt?

When a second victim dies, Bev knows time is running out. If she is to win the trust of the working girls - she has to take the biggest, most dangerous gamble of her life... out on the streets!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Content Limited (20 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HHQ0XO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fans of police procedural TV - from the Bill to Prime Suspect - and the racier elements of chick-lit will love Maureen Carter's work. Imagine Bridget Jones meets Cracker. Her protagonist Sergeant Bev Morriss is instantly recognisable to anyone who has ever met serving police officers off-duty. I can't personally vouch for the authenticity of the portrayal of prostitutes (the other "working girls" of the title) but there's certainly a ring of truth about the language of the Brummie underclass Ms Carter describes. In the best Agatha Christie tradition, the whodunnit element doesn't cheat the reader - all the clues are there - while the subject matter - the murder of a fifteen year old prostitute - and the contemporary treatment place the narrative firmly in a more modern tradition - gritty, pacy, realistic and, as befits a former Newsnight presenter, televisual. When's the TV adaptation going to hit our screens?
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2015
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When a young prostitute is murdered Sergeant Bev Morris takes it personally and is willing to do all it takes to find the murderer, especially as she has a gut feel it's the girl's pimp. This is a hard hitting novel and not for the faint hearted as the crimes are quite gruesome and the violence is almost casual. I thought it painted a very good picture of the seedier side of life, both the highs and lows and dangers involved and I haven't read a book before which showed the girls' human side so well. It also showed the ambivalent nature of their relationship with the police.
This is a multi-layered, nuanced novel, not so much in the plot which is the straightforwardish hunt for a killer, but in the interpersonal relationships between the characters and I think it will stick with me for a while.
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Fantastic read. I stayed awake until 3am for 3 nights as I was so absorbed in it. Couldn't put it down at all. Loved the way the writing made me laugh in every chapter - even though it is about girls murders and their hard lives. It's a great combination and I will definitely be reading the author's other novels. I read up to 7 novels a week and find it hard to find gems like this. I can say this was one of my most recommended!!
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This book was simply a great read. I was hooked very quickly into this fast paced story and found it hard to put down.

The murder of a young prostitute starts a sequence of events in the life of Bev, a no nonsense sergeant at the local Police station.

Maureen Carter writes her characters with a mixture of real grit, compassion and empathy. The story has you squirming with fear one minute and then laughing at the witty reparte between the characters the next.
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When a working girl gets murdered, Bev is convinced it must be her pimp. However finding Charlie Hawes is no mean feat. No one will talk and the other girls seem in imminent danger.
Well written with a good plot! I look forward to other Bev Morris mysteries 👍
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Still reading but liking it the characters are good the dialogue very witty and fast lots of humour. Subject is harsh for what some peoples situation is and people who take advantage. Well recommended
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By I Love Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2013
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I first read this book in 2012/13. And I then went on to buy all the other books in the series. In typical me style, I have not read the others yet, so as i'm going through some of my series of books, I decided to re read this, to remind myself what had happened before I start book 2.
It was just as good the 2nd time around, and I soon started to remember the characters.
The Main one being Bev Morris. SGT Bev Morriss is determined to find out who is behind the murder of a young girl, and goes back to basics to try and figure it out.
A Brilliant first book in the series, and if this one is anything to go by, then the other 6 I have bought in the series can only get better.
this book does grab you in pretty early, and is a great read for any crime/police procedural fans.

From the Back Cover
Just 15 years old...
brutalised...
dumped in a park...
throat slashed...
schoolgirl prostitute Michelle Lucas died in agony and terror
... utterly alone.
The sight breaks the heart of Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss of West Midlands Police. She thought she was hardened, inured, but gazing at Michelle's pale, broken body she is consumed by a cold fury.

She knows this case is different - this is the one that will push her to the edge.

Plunging herself into the seedy heart of Birmingham's vice-land she struggles to infiltrate the deadly jungle of hookers, evil pimps and violent johns. But no one will co-operate, no one will break the wall of silence...

Is it fear or guilt?

When a second victim dies, Bev knows time is running out. If she is to win the trust of the working girls - she has to take the biggest, most dangerous gamble of her life... out on the streets!
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As a former police officer in the West Midlands Police I like the work by Maureen Carter and I am especially proud
that she had continued to put Birmingham on the literary map with her work. Long may it continue.
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