In one of the most beautiful corners of England, something very bad is about to take place.
A sniper with a mission…
a young cop with nothing to lose…
a CSI with everything to prove…
a teenage girl with a terrifying obsession…
There’s a killer on the loose in the Lake District, and the calm of an English summer is shattered.
For newly qualified Crime Scene Investigator Grace McColl, it’s both the start of a nightmare and the chance to prove herself after a mistake that cost a life.
For Detective Constable Nick Weston—recently transferred from London—it’s an opportunity to recover his nerve after a disastrous undercover operation left him for dead.
And for a lonely, loveless teenage girl, Edith, it’s the start of a twisted fantasy—one she never dreamed might come true.
Praise for Zoë Sharp
‘Like Ravel’s “Bolero”, Dancing On The Grave hooks you with incredible magnetism, builds with irresistible tension and then holds you close for a superb climax. High-quality entertainment from an accomplished writer.’ Matt Johnson, author of the bestselling DI Robert Finlay thrillers
’I’m used to cool, hard killers—in fiction that is—but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a cool, hard killer as vulnerable as Edith Airey… Bisley-grade crack-shot, she could drop you at half a mile…yet she’s seventeen, the only, lonely child of a dysfunctional family (otherwise known as having a slob for a father) in one of the wilder corners of a wild England. Now…read on…’ John Lawton, bestselling author of the Joe Wilderness and the Inspector Troy thrillers
‘Zoë Sharp is the best-kept secret in crime fiction, it’s about time that changed. Miss this at your peril.’ Stuart MacBride on SECOND SHOT: Charlie Fox #6
‘Gritty, hard-hitting, all-around outstanding crime fiction.’ Booklist (starred review) for FOX HUNTER: Charlie Fox #12
‘I loved every word of this brilliant, mind-twisting thriller and even yelped out loud at one of the genius twists.’ bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes on THE BLOOD WHISPERER
’Superb.’ Ken Bruen, bestselling author of the Jack Taylor series, THE GUARDS, BLITZ
’Scarily good.’ Lee Child
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About the Author
Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire but spent her formative years living on a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. After a promising start at a private girls' school, she opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve. She wrote her first novel when she was fifteen and created her no-nonsense ex-Special Forces turned bodyguard heroine Charlie Fox after receiving death-threat letters in the course of her work as a photojournalist. Sharp’s short stories have been used in school textbooks and turned into short films, and the Charlie Fox series has been optioned for TV and film. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards both in the UK and the USA, and her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Strand Magazine. A keen library supporter and public speaker, she blogs regularly on the acclaimed group website www.MurderIsEverywhere.blogspot.co.uk. She also witters on Twitter (@AuthorZoeSharp) and fools about on www.Facebook.com (ZoeSharpAuthor). Zoë currently lives in the English Lake District. Her hobbies are sailing, fast cars (and faster motorbikes), target shooting, travel, films, photography, music, occasional construction projects and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.
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Fans of Charlie Fox will not be disappointed in this standalone thriller by Zoe Sharp. There's clever, diligent CSI Grace McColl to root for, and a cast of other finely-wrought characters wrapped inside a clever plot full of twists and turns. The Lake District setting is lovely, a real contrast to the darkness at the heart of this novel, and yet, despite all the carnage there's a sense of justice here, too. Overall a thrilling read!
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Scholastic Siren - Sara: The author wrote an interesting blog the other day about where to start with reading her books because of how her characters have grown. The reason I mention it, is because this book is the perfect place to start if Ms. Sharp is a new author to you. DANCING ON THE GRAVE is a standalone police procedural set in the English countryside. The setting is lovely and well described but not overly done so as to be distracting. The story changes POV, and all of the characters are fully developed and interesting people. This is not a thriller in the typical action-packed way; however, I think it is billed that way because of the Charlie Fox series, which is also penned by Zoë Sharp. The first chapter grabs you immediately, and you suddenly find yourself hooked. I have to put in a warning, however. The first murder victim is a dog that had been killing a flock of sheep. So...I guess the sheep were actually the first victims. Once the dog died, I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep reading, I am a serious animal lover! But the book is worth continuing--well worth it. The dog is treated as a serious case, and the killing is not grisly or gratuitous. On the scene, the crime scene investigator, Grace McColl, calls in a detective because the animal is owned by someone of influence. Here, we meet Detective Constable Nick Weston, new to small-town life and rife with baggage. Grace is not impressed by Nick, nor he with her. Through the course of the investigation, they become good partners, and the story unfolds beautifully. I was given a review copy of the book early, but I also purchased a copy to keep. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Dancing on the Grave 4 skulls.