PRAISE FOR 'THE ROTTING SPOT':
'A darkly intriguing debut' VAL MCDERMID
'A fresh and talented new voice in crime-writing. The Rotting Spot takes the established form of the rural detective novel but brings it bang up to date. And all within the framework of a well-structured plot.' ANN CLEEVES
'Opens with a bang... and interweaves a suspenseful story with graphic extracts from the Skull Hunter's Blog. As Erica crosses paths with DI Will Bennett, he of the blue, blue eyes, and skeletons rattle loudly in closets, Laws brings her locations vibrantly to life.' DANEET STEFFENS, TIME OUT LONDON
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Winner of a Northern Writers' Award, an NWN Read Regional Choice, shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize.
Someone's getting away with murder... and they'll do anything to keep it that way. The skull hunter's rotting spot hides a secret, while the families on the sea-lashed headland of Stonehead hide several more. When Lucy Seaton goes missing, her friend Erica Bruce is convinced there's a link to the disappearance of Lucy's cousin years before. Sexy, athletic DI Will Bennett is sceptical of small, fiercely protective Erica with her alternative health practice and love of William Blake's prophecies, so she begins her own investigation, contending with Lucy's steely alpha-female mother and religious aunt - and the doubtful assistance of shamelessly excess-loving Stacey. Has the skull hunter finally obtained the human skull he needs to complete his collection?
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About the Author
Valerie Laws is a crime novelist, poet, playwright, mathematician/physicist, and sci-art installation specialist. She is Writer in Residence with pathologists, anatomists and neuroscientists researching death and the brain. Of her thirteen published books, several are available as ebooks: her two crime thrillers THE ROTTING SPOT (‘a darkly intriguing debut’ Val McDermid), sequel THE OPERATOR (‘Gripping from the very first scene,’ Ann Cleeves), her ‘CSI:Poetry’ collection ALL THAT LIVES and her comedy Jane Austen novel LYDIA BENNET’S BLOG. More to follow! Valerie performs worldwide live and in the media, and is world-infamous for spray-painting poetry on live sheep to celebrate quantum theory in QUANTUM SHEEP. She has written 12 plays for stage and BBC radio, and her science-themed poetry art installations have been exhibited internationally and featured on BBC TV. She lives on her native Northumbrian coast. She is disabled, and a fanatical swimmer.