A daughter's death A teenage girl is found brutally murdered in her squalid flat. A mother's love Her mother is devastated. She gave her child up to the care system, only to lose her again, and is convinced that the low-life boyfriend is to blame. Two ordinary women, one extraordinary job DC Rachel Bailey has dragged herself up from a deprived childhood and joined the Manchester Police. Rachel's boss thinks her new recruit has bags of raw talent but straight-laced DC Janet Scott, her reluctant partner, has her doubts. Together Scott and Bailey must hunt a killer, but a life fighting crime can be no life at all...
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Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath was shortlisted for the CWA best first novel award for her acclaimed Sal Kilkenny series and for the Dagger in the Library. Her latest stand-alone novels all focus on topical moral dilemmas. She is a founding member of Murder Squad, a group who promote crime fiction. http://www.cathstaincliffe.co.ukFrom Booklist:
*Starred Review* A young woman is murdered in Manchester, England, and the Murder Investigation Team, headed by the formidable Gill Murray, gets the case. Gill is good friends with one of her detectives, Janet Scott, a 25-year veteran who loves her job. Rachel Bailey, another team member, is a smart, ambitious young cop who has escaped a tough childhood. Murray teams Bailey with Scott and puts them on the case. Scott is not happy with the arrogant and overzealous Bailey, and Bailey thinks there is something wrong with Scott because she has never tried for a promotion. They uncover a rape that may be related, find a roving drug dealer who may have been the last person to see the young woman alive, and investigate an unsavory boyfriend who the mother is convinced is the murderer. Scott is a rules-oriented, methodical detective, while Bailey is headstrong and thinks and acts outside the box. Working together is a nightmare for both of them, but gradually they learn to respect each other. This is much more than just a murder mystery; these characters are well developed, idiosyncratic, and likable, and that extends to their families and coworkers as well. Most reminiscent of televisions Cagney & Lacy series, the novel—a prequel to a popular British television programs, Scott & Bailey—should appeal to readers who enjoy female buddy books like Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Iles series and Lisa Scottoline’s Rosato & Associates legal thrillers. --Stacy Alesi
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