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Grave's End

(DS Alexandra Cupidi #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Protest. Rebel. Die

An unidentified body is found in a freezer.
No one seems to know or care who it is or who placed it there.

DS Alexandra Cupidi couldn't have realised that this bizarre discovery will be connected to the crisis in housing, the politics of environmentalism and specifically the protection given to badgers by the law. But there are dangerous links between thes
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 14th 2020 by riverrun
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Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore this Kent based crime series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi by William Shaw, I love the atmospheric coastal location and the latest addition to this series has a unique and unusual thread that is related from the perspective of a older male badger. The precarious life of the badger, often surviving on the edge of starvation as it forages for the slimmest of pickings, male badger rivalries and fights, the dangers of cars, farmers claiming badgers as a source of TB, the cruel illegal badger ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is another excellent addition to the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi of the Kent Serious Crime Squad. This has all the essential ingredients that make for a fascinating and intriguing read. A dead body is found in an empty Kent Oast house that is up for sale. The subsequent investigation leads the team to a site where a large housing development is proposed, threatening the ancient badger setts that have been in situ possibly for hundreds of years. There are protests about the developm ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed it! One of those books you don't want to end although you want to read on and on. I'm looking forward to the next instalment. ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
In brief - Another decent read in this very good series. The more I read about Alex the more I like the stories. 4.5/5 probably.

In full
An unidentified body in a freezer and an old badger in his sett - one entrance is blocked and the area may be built on. There can’t be a connection can there? Zoe - Alex’s teenage daughter - is becoming increasingly environmental and may be getting into trouble. I found this a very good start to the latest (3rd) book in this author’s series featuring DS Alexandr
Stephen Clynes
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grave's End is the fourth novel in this Kent based British crime thriller series. It can be read as a stand-alone and new readers will not feel left out. You could even read this fourth book, enjoy it and start the series from book one without anything spoiling your enjoyment. Grave's End gets off to a creepy start when a man's naked body is found in a freezer. Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi and her team are on the case to solve this murder.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Grave's End. Charact
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A welcomed new release from the under-appreciated author William Shaw. Grave’s End marks the 3rd book in the DS Alex Cupidi police procedural series.
A series perhaps merits you read them in a chronological order but I honestly feel this novel can be approached afresh as a stand-alone.

What I enjoy is the comfort I find in these pages; a confidence in the author to deliver, a familiarity about location and character but that feeling one has about certain items of clothing.
A new coat doesn’t seem
Alex Jones
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The 3rd book in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series, Grave’s End is another excellent read by William Shaw.

A story that deals with the murky world of property development, dodgy government ministers, old bones and bullying. William Shaw brings to light the devastation caused to the local wildlife, in particular sets of badgers all make for an extremely interesting, fantastically researched mystery thriller from an author at the top of his game.

The story trail involving the badger is something I reall
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The old badger thinks people stink. I don’t have his sense of smell, but I agree that some people stink.

I have to admit that I’ve had trouble liking Alexandra Cupidi in the previous books, but she was warm and caring in this book. I loved Bill South’s appearance in this as well. Their friendship is odd considering their history, and I’m glad they are friends. Zoë is growing up to be a strong woman, with passionate opinions, but I still saw a naive 17 year old girl in her. These are great charact
Alison Vicary
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC. Once again another fantastic outing following Alex, her daughter and the local police department. This time the story includes chapters written from the perspective of a badger and this is relevant to the main storyline in a way only understandable if you read the book. I truly look forward to the next installment of this fantastically written book series. I would recommend this series to all as a book that you will not want to put ...more
Loved this latest installment in the Alex Cupidi series.
Full review to follow.
Mike Sumner
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best yet of the DS Alexandra Cupidi novels in the Dungeness series. William Shaw is right up there with the best authors of police procedurals and is certainly one of my favourites. My only disappointment is that I don't see a number 4 on the horizon; perhaps Mr Shaw is already working on the manuscript?!

There is so much to enjoy in Grave's End notwithstanding that Gravesend in North Kent features as a location, along with Folkestone, Lydd, Romney and of course the brooding setting of Dungen
Mary Picken
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had this book as a review copy from Netgalley, but for various reasons I’m behind in my reading and because I’m a fan of William Shaw’s series I decided just to buy the audiobook and review that.

I love the relationship between D.S.Cupidi and her younger colleague, Constable Jill Ferriter. Shaw’s setting always play a pivotal role in these books and they are rich and atmospheric as a result

In Grave’s End, Shaw draws on the geography of the coastal headland of Kent to create a mystery that is ri
Cathy Ryan
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grave’s End begins with a unique viewpoint—that of an old badger. In fact, a small but significant thread throughout the story is about the badger and how he survives. Due to the proposed development of a site for housing the badgers’ habitat is declining and, along with this disruption, they have to contend with the increasing lack of food, plus other dangers posed by humans. As the diggers cause the badgers’ tunnels to collapse, more are dug out, which is how human bones were unearthed.

When an
Carole Gourlay
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I agree with Val McDermid, you have to read these books. I am sure again, I’ve missed the middle book, so shall have to try and catch up. I feel I’ve missed something along the way. They are always different in that a lot of topics are covered and the plethora of information on wildlife is just lovely. Being an animal lover these are right up my street. Reminds me of the author Faith Martins books, she’s well up on wildlife.

This book is also different in that it also told from th
Antonia Chitty
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding book from William Shaw.

This book, published as Graves End, starts off from the view point of a badger, and the badgers run throughout the novel providing a unique point of view as the humans wrangle over a housing development and the bodies pile up.
Packed with twists and turns, Graves End follows DS Alex Cupidi who has appeared in several of Shaw’s previous books. We also reencounter former copper William South and Cupidi’s teenage daughter Zoe, as well as Helen, her mother.
Martha Brindley
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 18-5-20
This is book three in the excellent series to feature DS Alexandra Cupidi. I would strongly advise the reader to start with book one for background detail. I really love the coastal location in Kent and the recurring characters and their development. This book has a new character, a badger, and the very unusual thread told from his perspective. When a dead body is found in a freezer of a house for sale, Alexandra is investigating with Jill, her partner. This book is about property development, w ...more
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes, badger old boy, people stink. But I have become used to these ones. So can someone promise me this wouldn't be the last we'll hear of them? ...more
Sharah McConville
Grave's End is part of the DS Alexandra Cupidi thrillers set around the Kent Serious Crime Squad. I read this as a stand-alone but it's actually part of a series. I loved the main character and always enjoy stories that have environmental element to them. I enjoyed the chapters narrated by the old badger and learnt so much about these beautiful creatures. I will be reading the beginning of the series now. With thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my digital copy. ...more
Daren Kearl
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third (or fourth if you count The Birdwatcher) in the DS Alex Cupidi police crime series and the author is definitely into his stride. The emphasis is very much on narrative, with established characters only gradually revealing other aspects to their backstory, avoiding distractions from the pace.
This is great if you are looking for a gripping crime thriller with a multiple body count and action. Cupidi is put into life-threatening situations during the investigation on more than one
Chris Nolan
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great novel by the excellent William Shaw. This is the third in his Kent-based series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi and her sidekick Jill. When a corpse is found in the freezer of an empty house there seems to be a connection to a local building development. Politicians, schoolteachers and badgers all feature heavily, there are a number of false trails and Alex is put through the wringer before the case is finally cracked. Superbly written and fascinating, as always.
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grave's End by William Shaw is the third novel with DS Alexandra Cupidi as the main character in a wide branching police procedural involving badgers, the environment, politics, and the past.

Grave's End starts with alternating chapters of a surprising start. One aspect details the life and behaviors of badgers, with the other aspect being the tale of humans. Though this may seem odd, Shaw successfully does blend the two branches into a full tale where both worlds converge in a sensible and inte
Kath Middleton
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This great book starts with a body in a freezer. Alex Cupidi has to figure out who he is and why he’s there, as the house is up for sale and the owner dead and buried. The story is fast-paced and Alex’s daughter Zoe is involved as she’s badger watching on a site up for development. Things get murkier as old sins are unearthed. The evil goes right through society, and those who investigate put themselves in danger. There are interspersed short chapters about the badgers which, rather than holding ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book three of the series and you know what I am going to say next. Yup, start from book one and read in order. I really believe you would benefit from doing so, especially as the character development is really good through what has already gone before and continues through this book.
Also before I crack on with the rest of my review I want to pay tribute to the wonderful badger parts in this book. It's a theme in a lot of books of this genre where you hear from a character every so often
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. I'm enjoying this series very much. The character development of Alex and Zoe is a joy to read. Together with a great plot and the added natural interest about badgers make this a really great book. Thank you, William. ...more
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Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An unoccupied house which is for sale becomes a crime scene when a body is found in a freezer. This is just the first of a couple of bodies that DS Alexandra Cupidi has to deal with. They do not seem to be connected in any way, but the deeper she digs, the more apparent it becomes that all is somehow linked to the housing project September Homes which causes fierce protests among locals. One of them is the victim in the freezer, Vincent Gibbons, who had been observing badgers in the area and fea ...more
David Prestidge
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Former music journalist William Shaw introduced us to Detective Sergeant Alex Cupidi in Salt Lane (2018). This was followed by Deadland in 2019, and the third in the series is Grave's End. Alex Cupidi is socially something of a loner: she has a teenage daughter, Zoe, who she has raised pretty much on her own; her only other family is her mother, 80 miles or so up the road from the bleak Kent marshes, in London. Zoe Cupidi, like many other idealistic young people, is a fervent defender of nature, ...more
Cathy Cole
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had read that this third book was the last in a trilogy featuring Alexandra Cupidi, and I sincerely hope it's not. Shaw has captured my imagination with his atmospheric setting in the Romney Marsh area of southeastern England, with his characters, and with his stories.

In Grave's End, the characters are marvelous. I have to admit that my favorite is an old badger, for those animals figure prominently in the book. I was amazed at how much I learned about these creatures-- and by how much I loo
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Grave’s End, the third novel to feature DS Alexandra Cupidi of the Kent Police.

When a body is discovered in the freezer of a vacant luxury house Alex is given the case. The body is identified as a local activist whose activities have upset a number of people but with few concrete leads she has to turn her mind to another case, the discovery of a buried skeleton who is identified as that of schoolboy, Trevor Wood, who disapp
Frances Bullock
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had read that this third book was the last in a trilogy featuring Alexandra Cupidi, and I sincerely hope it's not. Shaw has captured my imagination with his atmospheric setting in the Romney Marsh area of southeastern England, with his characters, and with his stories.

In Grave's End, the characters are marvelous. I have to admit that my favorite is an old badger, for those animals figure prominently in the book. I was amazed at how much I learned about these creatures-- and by how much I looke
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘Grave’s End’ by William Shaw is the third in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. No matter if you haven’t read the first two – I haven’t but still felt that I had a good handle on the main characters from the outset. This is a well plotted and topical crime thriller set in contemporary Kent focusing on the despoliation of the landscape by greedy developers intent on exploiting the government’s housing development policies. In particular, as part of their building plans, they will destroy badger set ...more
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