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A Deadly Thaw

(DC Connie Childs #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,247 ratings  ·  195 reviews
A man whose killer—his wife—was convicted 15 years ago is discovered freshly murdered in this rivetingly suspenseful mystery from critically acclaimed author Sarah Ward.

Lena Grey is found guilty of murdering her husband, who was found smothered in their bed. She offers no defense, and serves fourteen long years in prison. But within months of her release nearly two decades
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Faber Faber (first published August 30th 2016)
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This is a wonderfully chilling twister of a crime novel, the second in the DI Francis Sadler series set in Derbyshire. It is the first book I have read by Sarah Ward and it works fine as a standalone. It begins with Francis looking at a murder victim shot within a disused mortuary. He recognises the man as Andrew Fisher, whose wife, Lena Gray, has completed a prison sentence for killing him. This opens a real can of worms, who was the man that Lena killed? Where has Andrew Fisher been all these ...more
A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward is a 2016 Minotaur publication.

What an interesting set up. Sadler, Palmer and Connie have their hands full with this one, as the case loops back to 2004 and back again to 2016 in alternate turns.

I love British mysteries, and so have certain criteria I’ve come to expect from them. Ward does an amazing job at creating that atmosphere I love so much about the genre, but adds a very fresh and modern twist to it, which is nice to see.

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Diana | Book of Secrets
This is the second book in a series, centering around Inspector Francis Sadler and his detectives. A very intriguing mystery here, but be prepared to suspend disbelief to make it work.

The set up was good. The body of a murdered man is found in an abandoned morgue, except everyone thought he had died over a decade earlier. In fact, his wife had only recently been released from prison for committing the original murder. So, who was the first victim, and why would she lie about him being her husban
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lena Grey had been found guilty of murdering her husband and spent over a decade in prison for the murder. Lena hadn't offered any defense for the murder and served her time but when she is released now years later a body turns up freshly murdered and it turns out it's really Lena's husband.

Now DI Francis Sadler and his team need to find out who it was that died years before and why Lena had never spoken up about the identity. DC Connie Childs is convinced there is more to what is going on than
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every secret has consequences.

Autumn 2004
In Bampton, Derbyshire, Lena Fisher is arrested for suffocating her husband, Andrew.

Spring 2016
A year after Lena's release from prison, Andrew is found dead in a disused mortuary.

Who was the man Lena killed twelve years ago, and who committed the second murder? When Lena disappears, her sister, Kat, sets out to follow a trail of clues delivered by a mysterious teenage boy. Kat must uncover the truth - before there's another death . . .

This book is a brill
Liz Barnsley
Another excellent fairly new voice on the crime scene, Sarah Ward has written a proper page turner, a great psychological/police procedural mash up and like "In Bitter Chill" this was a top crime read.

Bit early for a full on review but a 2016 spotlight will appear on the blog soonish.

If you are a crime fan put this one on your wishlists.

Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Really disappointed with this read as I really enjoyed book one and waiting a while to get this book on offer.the storyline was slow average read for me hope next book in this series is better.did enjoy short chapters and love connie character.
Rachel Hall
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Ward's first book, In Bitter Chill, was one of the most notable debuts of 2015 and this assured follow-up is once again a meaty police procedural fused with an insightful psychological element which readers will devour. Intelligent and engaging, A Deadly Thaw recognises that once again the past will never stay buried for long and a crime is never simply an isolated incident, but intrinsically related to a much bigger story of the wounds of the past. Blending the best of two distinct genres ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
A Deadly Thaw – A Deeply Dark Thriller

Sarah Ward has followed up her highly acclaimed debut thriller In Bitter Chill with the deeply twisted A Deadly Thaw. Once again Sarah Ward uses the best of British crime writing and mixes it up with the darkness of Nordic Noir. Once again the story is told from the view of a team of detectives from Derbyshire Constabulary and a character that has been caught up in their investigation.

In 2004 Lena Fisher is sentenced for murdering her husband in bed while h
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Sarah Ward is professional in her writing and a pleasure to read. "A Deadly Thaw" was well balanced between police procedural and its characters - of which i found believable and interesting. The story had me engrossed and from the very first page I wanted to keep reading. It was easy to follow and I particularly enjoyed the twists and surprises in the story. I would happily recommend this book to anyone and will certainly be looking to read more by Sarah. ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Sarah Ward and it was a great read and I did not feel like I could not follow along because I had not read her first book. Lena’s husband is murdered and she has just finished serving her time for his murder him by smothering when his body turns up shot. Now Lena’s sister Kat and an investigator are trying to piece together what really happened and who was the man in Lena’s bed all those years ago. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite crime series and the second book in the series to feature DI Francis Sadler and is again set in Derbyshire. I read the first, In Bitter Chill and was very much looking forward to A Deadly Thaw – it definitely lived up to expectations.

Lena Fisher served 10 years in prison for the murder of her husband Andrew. After her release, a body, later identified as being Andrew Fisher, is found in a disused mortuary. Questions are then asked as to the identity of the man Lena wa
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s 2004 and Lena Fisher is a murderer. After welcoming her husband home and spending some hot, sweaty time in their bed together, Lena suffocates her husband with a pillow. She’s eventually arrested, stands trial and ends up in prison for 10+ years. Fast forward to 2016 where Lena is a free woman once again. She returns to her childhood home; Providence Villa – a large, crumbling, Victorian estate. Her parents are long dead but she has her estranged sister, Kat for company. Lena isn’t surprise ...more
Nigh on perfect piece of detective crime fiction. Sarah Ward is most definitely one to watch.

Stephen Clynes
This mystery is set in a fictional Derbyshire small town called Bampton and has people asking the question why? Follow both the police and the residents as they try to solve the mystery over a number of deaths.

This book does thaw, like the title suggests but rather than deadly it is more like a sliced loaf that has been left to thaw overnight on your kitchen counter. It has lots of short chapters which make it reader friendly, in the same way as sliced bread is toast friendly. But that is a pro
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know that old adage about the difficult second book? Well, come closer and I’ll let you into a secret. Following Sarah Ward’s compelling debut In Bitter Chill I’m going to boldly state that this one is even better. There, I’ve said it. Gauntlet thrown down for those foolish enough to challenge me. From the very outset I was completely hooked by this dark, suspenseful tale of Derbyshire folk, so read on and find out why…

What Ward achieves so well in this book is a perfect symmetry between the
Susanne  Strong
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Those pesky little secrets! People keep hiding them and keep paying the price. Some people never learn that those darn little things will always come back to bite you. Lena Grey, one of the main characters in A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward, is one of those people.

In 2004 Lena Grey was found guilty and served fourteen years for murdering her husband, Andrew. The puzzle? After her release, and decades later, her husband, Andrew’s body is found, freshly murdered. So the question is: Who did Lena kill
Craig Sisterson
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, british
Lena Grey is found guilty of murdering her husband, who was smothered in their bed. She offers no defense, and serves fourteen long years in prison. But within months of her release, his body is found in a disused morgue. Who was the man she killed before, and why did she lie about his identity?

'The difficult second novel', the 'sophomore slump' - as tough as it can be to break through in publishing (or screenwriting, acting, the sports world, etc), turning a promising start into sustained succe
Not out until September but I am just too excited to wait until then as I just loved A Bitter Chill. There's something about an author who writes about where she lives, not just the landscape but the nuances of the place and the feel of the open moors and such crimes happening where people spend time walking and wandering in the British Countryside.

A cracking follow up to her first book and I think Sarah is one to watch - there's more Bampton on the way so that makes me more than happy.

Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished this last night! Was a VERY good book and illustrates why Sarah is one to watch. It was gripping, edgy, tense and compelling. I couldn't put it down and read it in about three hours! Definitely worth reading. It is classed as a sequel to In Bitter Chill but it would be perfectly fine to read as a wasn't until after I'd finished it that I realised it wasn't a standalone! ...more
Edel Henry
A promising start but descended into utter mess. Whole strands that made no sense and writing that wouldn't have been out of place in an episode of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Expected better, quite disappointed ...more
Crime by the Book
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric, immersive, slow-burning mystery with a deep nod to Nordic Noir & classic detective fiction. Full review to come on CBTB!
Cleopatra  Pullen
The second in the Francis Sadler series set in the fictional town of Bampton in Derbyshire is written in Sarah Ward’s trademark style of an easy read in a book full of complexities.

After being released from prison Lena Fisher moved back into the family home with her younger sister Kat. The two girls had been close up until the close of their teenage years in the 1980s when Lena withdrew and pulled away from her sister but following her release from prison the two live in the large house bequeath
Roman Clodia
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An intriguing premise and solid police-work keep this book balanced and generally on the side of plausibility. The internal politics of historical police responses to rape give it currency. Despite some attempts to give him some kind of personality, DI Sadler is little more than a name and position, and it's Connie, his DC, who's the real police centre of the story.

The behaviour of Lena proves opaque at times (view spoiler)- but ove
Linda Boa
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-blog
The full review will be on my blog tomorrow, and I'll post it on here too. Suffice to say it most DEFINITELY does not disappoint! Even better than A Bitter Chill. ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So awful that I pitied it.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Very easy to read and i like follow the same police force
Not sure of Kat getting involved with her client and she was flaky. The sister relationship wasn't explored enough either
Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Inspector Francis Sadler series. It’s set in the fictional town of Bampton, in Derbyshire. I have read the first book, In Bitter Chill, and really enjoyed it, but you can read these as standalone books.

Lena is arrested for killing her husband Andrew, and 12 years later she is released from prison. A year after her release the body of a man is found in an old disused mortuary, a
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Faber and Faber for a review copy of Deadly Thaw, the second novel, set in Derbyshire, to feature Di Francis Sadler and his team.

The novel opens with a great hook which kept me enthralled and absorbed throughout the novel. Sadler and his team, DC Connie Childs and DS Damian Palmer, are called out to a disused WW1 mortuary to view a murdered body. Sadler recognises the body as that of Andrew Fisher, whom he went to school with. The problem is that Andrew's wife
Leah Moyse
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been one of my most anticipated reads this year and I am delighted to say that it did not disappoint. I would even say I enjoyed the premise of this story more than the first. Last year I was lucky enough to be on the blog tour for the author's debut novel In Bitter Chill, you can see my review for that here.

Sarah Ward has really carved herself a niche in the crime fiction world. The setting of Bampton in Derbyshire, which could be described as a character in its own right is pres
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