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Dead Ground

(Washington Poe #4)

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Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused - he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp - but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of ...more
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Published June 3rd 2021 by Constable
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Paromjit
The award winning MW Craven's latest addition to his moreish DS Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, from the Serious Crime Analysis (SCAS) unit of the National Crime Agency (NCA), series has been eagerly anticipated, it is a fast paced and utterly riveting novel of retribution, looted antiquities and murders in the past and present. Poe is in court fighting not to lose his isolated Herdwick croft, being ably defended by the genius Tilly, only to be urgently picked up by MI5 operatives. Despite, o ...more
Carolyn Walsh
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the previous books in this well-crafted and twisted series containing humorous conversations between the socially awkward, endearing, and unfiltered Tilly Bradshaw, a tech genius and the gruff, obnoxious loner, DS Washington Poe. They have a unique friendship and work for the Serious Crime Analysis unit(SCAS) of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and usually investigate complex serial killer cases. Unfortunately, this book did not keep me as engaged and did not rate it as highly as the prev ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
“Dead Ground” is the fourth in the ‘Poe & Bradshaw’ thriller series written by Carlisle born author M.W. Craven. I have adored this series since the first incredible book, “The Puppet Show” especially with location settings being in an area I live close to and can relate to. Although each book does work well as a standalone, I would recommend reading the books in order if possible, to benefit from how the working relationships link together and Poe’s history of living in Herdwick Croft, an aband ...more
The Cats’ Mother
Dead Ground is the fourth book in the wonderful Washington Poe series set in Cumbria, about a dogged Detective Sergeant with the National Crime Agency (Britain’s answer to the FBI) and his gifted but socially awkward analyst friend, Tilly Bradshaw. These books get a lot of hype in crime fiction circles, but once again, it is completely justified. I’ve read them all in order, and once more would say that while each stands alone, it is better to know the background. We listened to the audiobook on ...more
James
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In January 2021 I purchased the first book in the Poe and Tilly series, The Puppet Show. Why? Great title, decent cover and the first in a series of an author unknown to me. Valentines day 2021, my girlfriend buys me four books, two of which are Black Summer and The Curator (who says romance is dead?).

Now, here I am, June 2021 having had to wait for my pre order of Dead Ground, excitement building as it comes through the post the same day as I'm on an online book launch hosted by Lucy at Bookend
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Mark
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of Poe and Tilly then you will already know, as this is Book 4 in the series, what to expect from this book, it’s characters, the dialogue and story telling inc the humour and probably already have read/be reading ‘Dead Ground’
If not then although this can be read as a stand alone I think the book needs/ works best read as part of the series
Anyway they are back and this time in a more ‘thriller/spyish’ kind of adventure and for me this was great, as you know I love these kind o
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Lou
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dead Ground is the fourth instalment in the DS Washington Poe series and it's every bit as riveting as expected. Poe and Tilly Bradshaw of the Serious Crime Analysis Unit of the National Crime Agency have joined forces again for this tale of revenge, murder and stolen heirlooms. Poe is currently in a court battle to save his beloved, sequestered Herdwick Croft and is being defended by tenacious Tilly when they are seconded by MI5 to investigate a grisly murder that has serious national security ...more
Bill Lynas
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DS Washington Poe & analyst Tilly Bradshaw return in their fourth entertaining adventure from author M W Craven. I absolutely love these two characters & Craven gives them some superb pieces of dialogue.
This time they are investigating the murder of a man who has been beaten to death in a pop up brothel. It appears to be a crime unworthy of their talent, but it soon transpires that things are not as simple as they first seemed.
M W Craven not only supplies a well crafted story, but he injects ple
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Michelle
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.W Craven has done it again with Dead Ground the 4th book in the series.
Following on from the previous book Poe is at court with Tilly as he is facing eviction from Herdwick Croft. His boss Stephanie Flynn is on maternity leave.
Poe/Tilly join forces with the FBI and MI5 to investigate a grisly murder of a man who is beaten to death in a brothel. When they identify the victim, they find out he an ex-soldier now offering a helicopter service to delegates that are arriving at the Scarness Hotel fo
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Paul Ataua
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thirty minutes in and I was wondering if the Washington Poe/Tilly Bradshaw combo was starting to get old, and then ‘Dead Ground’ suddenly took off and I felt myself totally gripped by, what is in mind, the best in the series so far. It is spectacular, but it’s still best to start at the beginning with ‘The Puppet Show' and marvel at how each one in the series seems better than the last. I doubt Mike Craven will be able to top this next year. ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Another fantastic Tilly and Poe adventure keep you on your toes!
Will Templeton
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Well, wow! I feel sorry for all you poor beggars who've got to wait till June for this, because it's brilliant! Fast-paced, twisty turny, thrill-ride, rollercoaster, all hyperbolic adjectives apply here, because this review needs each and every one of you. I don't like to gush, because Mike Craven has never said anything nice about my book, the swine, but I have to say this is my book of the year. ...more
The Book Review Café
WOW M W Craven has truly surpassed himself. There’s not many authors who can write a crime series and make each book better than the last, but that’s the case here, Dead Ground is an imaginative, all-consuming read that’s not be missed if you consider yourself to be a crime thriller lover. Craven always comes trumps and delivers a plot that’s innovative, and veers towards the dark side, but it’s the characters that make this series unforgettable. Poe and Tilly are the modern day Batman and Robin ...more
Liz Mistry
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aw, well – what can I say? – I was in Tilly and Poe heaven with Dead Ground and am already looking forward to the next. One of the things that amazes me about this series is the diversity of subject matter and storylines. You are always guaranteed to learn about something you’ve never before encountered and in Dead Ground we traverse the world to Afghanistan where we learn more about some of the things our troops faced and… it’s all woven into a perfectly satisfying crime narrative that had me g ...more
P.R.
Review to follow... when I've recovered! ...more
David Gilchrist
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this series improves with each book. Tilly is superb and Poe is great too..Love Edgar..A very well told story, flows well and a compelling read from page one until the very last page.
Karen Cole
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dead Ground opens in the same way as the previous books in the series, with a clever, memorable prologue. However, this is a less gruesome opening than in the past and features what at first appears to be a classic heist. A group of men in James Bond masks have broken into a high security, purpose-built vault containing safety deposit boxes. It's a professional job that seems to be going to plan until a man is killed - and a small ceramic ornament is left at the scene.
After the traumatic events
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Joe Singleton
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review could be quite a long one - thought I better pre-warn you.
Following a leg amputation last year I got back into reading after many years away from it as I had lots of time to read and it was a way of escaping some of the realities of the real world
I read The Curator around August of last year whilst I was still in a rehab centre getting used to being legless of the non -alcoholic kind. I made a big connection with the book as it was set in Cumbria, with quite a lot of the action aro
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Teresa Nikolic
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poe and Tilly are back!

The story begins 3 years earlier with a bank heist, and it's a heist like no other because nothing is taken, but a deposit is made. Fast forward three years and Poe is in court fighting against eviction from Herdwick Croft when he receives an urgent call to attend a murder scene, a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat in a brothel, this isn't Poe's usual type of case but he's been personally selected to head it up by the powers that be, it's now left to him and
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Tonia
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Poe and Tilly story. The research is amazing and there are enough characters to keep you guessing who the perpetrator might be.
BookBloggerJanine
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dead Ground by MW Craven
I give this book 4.5 stars

Detective Sergeant Washington Poe and the socially awkward programmer Tilly Bradshaw delve deeper into their next case, they are faced with seemingly unanswerable questions: despite being heavily vetted for a high-profile job, why does nothing in the victim's background check out? Why was a small ornament left at the murder scene - and why did someone on the investigation team steal it? And what is the connection to a flawlessly executed bank he
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Lucy
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't feel that I should say too much before publication day BUT oh my days this is an absolutely superb offering from Mike Craven!! This series gets better with each book and I think that it's fair to say that you can see Mike getting better (didn't think it was possible but it is) with each book too.
Dead Ground has a devilishly clever and intricate plot so you need to keep your wits about you. It's also one of those books that you don't ever want to finish (because it's so good and enjoyable
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Anne
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't yet read anything from this series, I urge you to go out immediately and buy book one, The Puppet Show, and then go on and read the rest of them. Whilst all of them can be read as stand alone stories, the reader will benefit by knowing some of the back story of the characters. If you are already familiar with Washington Poe and his sidekick Tilly Bradshaw then you are in for such a treat. Craven has delivered once more, and as incredible as it may sound, because he has always been ...more
Adelyne
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a book within a week of release day since the days of Harry Potter, but I was so excited to read this that I started 2 days after I got it (and that’s only because release day was Thursday, and M.W. Craven’s books need to be started on the weekend!) and finished within 24 hours. This one came steaming right out of the blocks with the first scene that takes place some time in the past, then we return to the present where Tilly and Poe are caught up in a court case to defend his ri ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WOW, Mr Craven is back with book 4 of the Washington Poe and Matilda ‘Tilly’ Bradshaw series, which I have to admit is my favourite duo since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock and Watson pairing. I absolutely love this series. It’s one that never disappoints. There is always action, suspense, tension and the normal humour with Poe and Tilly and some of the conversations they have.

Dead Ground starts with a bank robbery by a group of men wearing James Bond masks from the earliest bond up to the la
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The Cookster
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.7/5

This is the 4th full-length novel in the Poe & Bradshaw series. If you haven't read the previous books then this would still just about work as a standalone, but I would suggest that you would derive more from it if you had the benefit of being familiar with the characters and their background first.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, "The Puppet Show" and "Black Summer". Much of the credit for this has to go to the main players, Tilly Bradshaw and Washington Poe
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Holly Jayne | The Book Shelfie Blog
The “Poe and Tilly” series is hands down my most recommended thriller series to date. The formidable duo are incredible and whilst I am aware that Mike has written or is currently writing book 6 from his social media, I for one hope he continues to write about these characters for many more years to come!

“Dead Ground” is another great read and one I will be encouraging other readers and bloggers to pick up this Summer. The wonderful thing about “Dead Ground” is that it could be read as a standal
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Claire
Bloody hell!!! What have I just finished? I feel out of breath after reading Dead Ground. Deep breath!!!

So after the incidents of The Curator, Poe’s boss Flynn is on mat leave so Poe and Tilly are kind of let loose to save Poe’s abode from the evil council. Until they’re frogmarched out of court to Manchester. But what awaits them, is a different kettle of fish and Poe has some new “friends” to play nicely with… or rather try and tolerate in his own unique way.

I loved Tilly’s performance in the
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Eilidh
’Anything’s a weapon if you’re prepared to improvise.’

Craven 👏 NEVER 👏 disappoints! Dead Ground delivers another excellent Poe and Tilly story that ventures into military and international conspiracies, when a foreign pilot attached to the biggest political summit of the year, turns up dead in a makeshift brothel. So it’s fair to say Craven keeps you on your toes and makes you eager to get to the bottom of it all.

Dead Ground literally reads like Craven has taken a boxed jigsaw, gave it a good m
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Genevieve  Paquette
4, but only because I've given much worse books a 3. I like this series. I get a kick out of it. It's not brilliant, but it's fun, and the stories are interesting and well constructed. Yeah, the characters are a little unbelievable (here's looking at you, Tilly...) but they're likable enough. They're a fun, entertaining break.
This one, though? It really didn't grab me. It was partly the subject matter- I'm not into military stuff at all and I find it tedious. The plotting here was solid as ever,
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M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventu ...more

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