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Dancing On The Grave

(Lakes Crime Thriller Trilogy #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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 McC
Published July 1st 2018 by ZACE Ltd (first published June 30th 2018)
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Maureen Carden
I worried I wouldn't like Dancing on the Grave much because it wasn't a Charlie Fox book. I think those worries disappeared by the second page.
Crime scene investigator Grace McColl and DC Nick Weston are both outsiders at the Cumbria Constabulary; both are called out to investigate the shooting of a VIP's dog after the dog went wild in a field of lambs. A sad ending for the dog; but a common enough result in farm country. Except both McColl and Weston think there is something more to be looked
First Sentence: It was a bad day to die…a perfect one to kill.

Newly-qualified crime scene investigator Grace McColl is trying to prove herself after making a disastrous mistake on a previous case. Detective Constable Nick Weston has just been transferred to the Lake District after nearly dying during an investigation in London. Neither of them can understand why they've been called out on a dog having been shot except for the presence of the wife of a local MEP (Member of the European Parliamen
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am ashamed to say that this is the first book I have read by this author. (Hangs my head in shame) I will certainly be reading more though, having read and loved this one.

Admittedly I did worry at the beginning when the police are called out to a shooting which involved a dead dog. Obviously as an animal lover, I was horrified that anyone could shoot an animal but was it really a case for the police? It certainly had me intrigued though as to where the author was going to take the readers from
The Cats’ Mother
I was thrilled when Zoë Sharp, who is one of my favourite authors, asked if I would like to read an advance copy of her latest standalone. Well it's way past my bedtime, but I couldn't not finish it tonight, it's that good. I thought the name Grace McColl was familiar, and it turns out she featured in a brilliant short story, published several years ago, called Tell Me, which I will be rereading soon. This is set in the beautiful English Lake District, but was inspired by the Washington sniper c ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooooooh-eeeee! What an incredible treat it was to read this action-packed thriller! Set in Cumbria/the Lake District, the reader is taken on a whirlwind ride of retribution, fear, manipulation, vulnerability, conflict, truth, mental health issues, vengeance, lost souls and the search for the truth. I bloody LOVED it!

The opening… WOW … talk about taking no prisoners! But this is what you get when it comes to Zoe Sharp – sharp in name but also in writing! Told from various POV’s, this was a fast-p
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book on so many levels, so hoping that Zoe Sharp continues this series. Lots of characters to like and dislike (immensely).

From the Blurb: 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 op
Laz the Sailor
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was a compelling thriller, with a few mini-mysteries embedded. I'm not usually a fan of multiple perspectives, but this author handled it deftly. The story takes place north of Manchester England up toward Scotland, and the English terms and quirks are evident, they didn't distract me. There were very few "normal" people, as most carried baggage or damaged souls. However, there was humor, sarcasm, and oblivious arrogance, which gave texture to the convoluted plot.

I didn't really like the di
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Louie I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." The famous words Bogey spoke to Claude Rains in the final scene of Casablanca can be aptly applied to the protagonists DC Nick Weston and CSI Grace McColl in this well written English police thriller. Please Ms. Sharp May we have some more? ...more
Loved this. Newly minted CSI Grace McColl and disgraced and disgruntled detective Nick Weston pair up to hunt down a killer with incredible sniper skills. I was riveted to this book (when I got the chance during holidays) from the start. I do hope this is the beginning of a series because I've already become quite attached to Grace and Nick. Secondary characters are well drawn and I do love a killer in plain site.

Great finish to my 2019 reads.
Randy Overbeck
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I recently finished reading Dancing on the Grave by Zoe Sharp, one of my most favorite authors. (First of all, I know I’m behind the curve as Ms. Sharp has just released the second entry in the Weston Lakes Trilogy, Bones in the River. But it’s next on my to-read list.) I’ve come to love Sharp’s work for her outstanding portrayal of strong female characters. Her kick-ass Charlie Fox (of the outstanding Charlie Fox series, which stands at thirteen now!) is one of my favo
I enjoyed this police procedural audible and the only problem I had, was at times, I felt like the chapter just ended but sure enough it was all pretty well explained. I still might have a lingering question in my mind about a few things, but all in all, an enjoyable read. All the characters were well rounded out but there again, maybe one or two more I could have done without to make it a bit more simple. I enjoyed the main characters so much that I thought a second book with these characters w ...more
Neil Plakcy
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Charlie Foxe 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! ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Beautifully paced, lovely prose (descriptive without being flowery), compelling characters and a plot that reels you in. A great read!
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-paced police procedural with some interesting characters and credible plot. I have never read any of Zoe Sharp's books before, but shall certainly look out for them. ...more
Grace Murphy
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent standalone novel from Zoë Sharp, writer of the Charlie Fox series

I was quickly totally absorbed in the lives of all of the characters - all well rounded individuals. The storyline was new and exciting. The pace was perfect as the tension built up. I wish I cod read it for the first time all over again. I couldn't put it down!

Put simply, I loved it! 5 worthy stars!
Judith Baxter
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In one of the most beautiful corners of England,
Something very ugly 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…


If you have read any of my blog posts in the past, you will be aware that I am a fan of Zoe Sharp and a stalker of Charlie Fox the protagonist in her series. If you haven't made contact with Charlie, I strongly recommend you do so now.

And now I have been given an advance copy
Karen Cole
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Fox Hunter when I read it last year despite not having read any of the other books in Zoë Sharp's Charlie Fox series and so I was intrigued to read her latest standalone thriller, Dancing On The Grave. The book opens with a sniper about to take a shot; seconds later his intended victim has been killed - but he didn't pull the trigger. This quiet corner of England is about to be shattered by a murderous rampage but first Crime Scene Investigator, Grace McColl has been called to examine th ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Give this a go if you like Happy Valley/Last Tango in Halifax/Harlen Coben/Lee Child/murder mysteries.

I'll read anything by Zoe Sharp--her mysteries/procedurals usually have strong kickass female main characters, and I love that in a field that's swamped with the other gender. This is a standalone though, and I wasn't sure if I would love it since it didn't have my fav character Charlie Fox. Instead I got Grace, who is a quieter woman, but strong and determined to be an excellent forensic inves
David Beckler
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two new characters I’m keen to spend more time with.
The action takes place in Cumbria and the Lake District, a part of the country the author is obviously familiar with and the landscape is almost a character in its own right.
Grace McColl and Nick Weston are at the centre of this action packed novel. Both are good characters although Grace is the more engaging. She is an inexperienced CSI who has to prove herself to more experienced colleagues. Despite her obvious competence, courage and clear t
Any Length
Now, I must say I am a total Zoë Sharp fan. So much so that I imported the proper ë to give her the correct spelling of her name. And this is one of her newer books. I need to say that I absolutely love the Charlie Fox character and am on tenter hooks waiting for August when the new one will be released.
Now to this book. We are used to a brilliant opening sentence and Zoë Sharp didn't disappoint. However, the rest of the book felt like - well, I hesitate to say so - it felt like a garden variet
K, Nz
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: go-back-to
I was itching to get into this book again prior to the next in the series coming out.
Something made me check the library catalogue and fortunately it was available for download.
I am not normally an audiobook user, though Lewis Hancock is an excellent narrator - I was able to listen easily (generally I lose patience or find the narrator too much) - though the story and the way it was read was really delightful.

It meant I could access the book during lockdown and after virtually seeing Zoë read on
Avid Reader
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Zoe Sharp And everything she writes. She always has such kickass heroines, even when that is mentally more than physically. This has a complex murder plot involving the police, the military and what used to be known as special branch (now counter terrorism!?), for reasons found out towards the end. I found the detailed forensic descriptions really interesting but I can’t tell you how happy I was to read about the protective bootees, gloves and overall - a real pet peeve of mine re CSI tv pr ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of the Charlie Fox series to date, and was excited that the author was writing a standalone novel. It does not disappoint. The setting, plot, characters, and dialogue are all believable, easy to visualize, and keep the reader turning pages. I had a hard time putting the novel down. Really liked the relationships established between the characters, Grace McColl and Nick Weston, and the other characters (trying not to give spoilers) and the depth these added to the story. ...more
Steve Black
I'm a huge fan of Zoë Sharp, and love the Charlie Fox series. I started off really liking this one, but there were a few things that bothered me. The detective who is new to the local force and distrusted is a familiar scenario. He is able to call on his own CSI as and when required. The besotted teenager. And a number of possible identities for the killer, with similar motives and grievances.
Just didn't seem as well thought out as usual, I hope the second in the series will be better.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid procedural

Enjoyed the telling of this story. Nice police procedural, told from all viewpoints of the main players. I would read further adventures of Nick and Grace but would like a little more of the urgency of not necessarily knowing it will turn out right in the end to be present in the telling.
Rita Gorra
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book more stars. I loved Charlie Fox and thought I wouldn't like this as much, I mean how could I? This book had repartee, drama, and a mystery not totally explained. I have a confession to make, I forced myself to put it down or else I would have read this in one sitting. No lulls, not a foot set wrong...a perfectly written adventure. Thank you Zoe. ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Zoe Sharp for a fantastic book.

This is a great stand alone mystery-thriller.

The first page is only 11 sentences, 10 if you count the last one that ends, ...., but after reading it there is no way not to continue.

It’s a page turner with many twists and turns.

It’s definitely on my list of read again books.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book held my attention, but it became tedious in the last half. The plot was too loosely structured and too detailed. Because the characters were compelling, I did finish it and was glad I did.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zoe Sharp never disappoints

Zoe writes some of the best female lead characters. They are strong, independent, dependable characters. If you haven’t read Ms. Sharps, Charlie Fox series you really should. You won’t be disappointed.
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Zoë Sharp spent most of her formative years living aboard a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She became a freelance photojournalist in 1988 and started writing her Charlie Fox crime thriller series after receiving death-threats in the course of her work.

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Lakes Crime Thriller Trilogy (2 books)
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