Dead to Me

Dead to Me

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by Cath Staincliffe
     
 

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A riveting, sharply observed and thoroughly modern police procedural, Dead to Me features a stellar but unlikely female detective team.

Detective Constable Janet Scott is subtle and reliable, a diplomatic thinker with a wry sense of humor. She's put in the time and seen it all, but has no desire for the boss's job—she loves her own too much. Rachel

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A riveting, sharply observed and thoroughly modern police procedural, Dead to Me features a stellar but unlikely female detective team.

Detective Constable Janet Scott is subtle and reliable, a diplomatic thinker with a wry sense of humor. She's put in the time and seen it all, but has no desire for the boss's job—she loves her own too much. Rachel Bailey couldn't be more different—she's energetic, impulsive, and ambitious, and has just been transferred to the Manchester murder squad. Their commander thinks Rachel's intuition could make her a great cop, but has reservations about her shoot-first-think-later approach, so she partners her with Janet. At first, the match seems to have been made somewhere considerably lower than heaven, but when a teenage girl is found brutally murdered, stabbed to death in her squalid flat on a North Manchester housing estate, both detectives realize they must work together to stop a vicious killer. But the case quickly becomes more complicated than it seems, fraught with dangers neither woman could see coming. Eager to make her mark, Rachel's reckless pursuit of the truth could threaten her future on the squad. And an unexpected turn in the investigation forces Janet to face personal demons. No matter the cost, both must race to stop a vicious killer before it's too late in this riveting novel from award-winning author Cath Staincliffe.

"It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that." —Val McDermid

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
01/01/2014
The Manchester Murder Investigation Team (MIT) is baffled by the stabbing death of Lisa Finn, a troubled teen who spent most of her youth in group homes. Young and ambitious DC Rachel Bailey is partnered with Janet Scott, a more seasoned detective (much to their consternation), and their leader is gorgeous and brilliant DCI Gill Murray. There you have it, women detectives leading the charge and looking into a painful story that occasionally hits too close to home. Combining their expertise with their intuition, Bailey and Scott chase down suspects (boyfriend, social worker, and beyond) while Murray guides their way. VERDICT Prolific British TV screenwriter and CWA Award winner Staincliffe makes it look easy. Folks will lap up this very readable police procedural that is a prequel to a British TV series, Scott & Bailey. With its ensemble cast, assorted subdramas, and engaging procedural plot, it's sure to be a hit. Think Cagney & Lacey done British style, for the 21st century. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/13.]
Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
Mystery fans who value female bonding will best appreciate this prequel to the U.K.’s Bailey & Scott TV series (the rough equivalent of the U.S.’s Cagney & Lacey). Manchester Constable Rachel Bailey’s insistence on procedure—she demands that a superior, Det. Chief Insp. Gill Murray, produce ID before entering a crime scene—proves, surprisingly, to be a good career move. Three weeks later, Murray calls to offer Bailey a spot on her homicide squad. The newbie teams with Janet Scott, with whom she has the predictable preliminary personality conflicts. Even those unaware that the pair will partner in the TV series can see where all this is headed. On their first joint case, Bailey and Scott investigate the murder of 17-year-old Lisa Finn, found stabbed to death in her apartment. Amid the standard police work, with time-outs for the principals to deal with various personal issues, Staincliffe breaks no new ground. Agent: Sarah Menguc, Sarah Menguc Literary Agency (U.K.). (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-21
Two female detectives form an uneasy partnership in the grim back streets of Manchester. DC Rachel Bailey is thrilled when golden girl DCI Gill Murray invites her to join an elite unit for major crimes. However, the street-wise Bailey is less pleased with her partner, middle-class DC Janet Scott, especially since Scott doesn't hesitate to put Bailey in her place when they investigate the murder of Lisa Finn. The more the detectives question the people who knew the young victim--the boyfriend who got her back onto drugs, the alcoholic mother who gave her up to foster care, the social workers who tried to help her, the cab driver who saw her last--the more perplexing the case becomes. Determined to prove herself and unwilling to risk Scott's criticism, Bailey goes maverick and, though she puts the case and herself at serious risk, finds an important clue from Lisa's past. Bailey, Scott and Murray all have their own pasts, which affect their judgments and make them more human--but also put the brakes on the pace. A grudging trust between Bailey and Scott provides a stronger payoff for the tale than the solution of the mystery. Staincliffe (Crying Out Loud, 2011, etc.) devotes nearly as much attention to her three leads' struggles with their personal lives as she does to the procedural itself. Sympathetic though they are, one keeps wanting them to stop agonizing and just get on with the case.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250038531
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
256,075
File size:
1 MB

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