Dead to Me

Cath Staincliffe; Read by Julia Barrie

Macmillan Audio

A riveting, sharply observed and thoroughly modern police procedural, Dead to Me features a stellar but unlikely female detective team, and is perfect for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Deborah Crombie Detective Constable Janet Scott is subtle and reliable, a diplomatic thinker with a wry sense of humor.  She’s put in the time and seen it all, but has no desire for the boss’s job—she loves her own too much.  Rachel Bailey couldn’t be more different—she’s energetic, impulsive, and ambitious, and has just been transferred to the Manchester murder squad.  Their commander thinks Rachel’s intuition could make her a great cop, but has reservations about her shoot-first-think-later approach, so she partners her with Janet.  At first, the match seems to have been made somewhere considerably lower than heaven, but when a teenage girl is found brutally murdered, stabbed to death in her squalid flat on a North Manchester housing estate, both detectives realize they must work together to stop a vicious killer.  But the case quickly becomes more complicated than it seems, fraught with dangers neither woman could see coming.  Eager to make her mark, Rachel’s reckless pursuit of the truth could threaten her future on the squad.  And an unexpected turn in the investigation forces Janet to face personal demons.  No matter the cost, both must race to stop a vicious killer before it’s too late in this riveting novel from award-winning author Cath Staincliffe. "It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that." --Val McDermid


Praise for Dead to Me

Praise for Cath Staincliffe and Dead to Me


“This is more than just a murder mystery; these characters are well developed, idiosyncratic, and likeable, and that extends to their families and coworkers as well.  Most reminiscient of television’s Cagney and Lacy series, the novel… should appeal to readers who enjoy female buddy books like Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series and Lisa Scottoline’s Rosato & Associates legal thrillers.” –Booklist, starred review

"Staincliffe writes with energy and a flair for dialog, propelling what is essentially a police procedural into a rumination on social issues, the inherent pressures of a murder investigation, and the place of women in modern police work, traditionally dominated by men… This author not only captures the momentum of an active murder investigation, including the detours of misinformation and lying suspects, but also the complex social issues that accompany such crimes, the delicacy of working with survivors, suspects and the public, the intricate balance required until a case is solved. By including the private lives of the female detectives in a male-dominant career, she separates myth from fact. Beyond this, Staincliffe is just fun to read: fresh, intuitive and real, each of her detectives interesting in her own right. While focusing primarily on Finn’s murder with a peripheral case that becomes poignantly relevant, the murder receives due diligence and the reader gets to know three unusual characters—detectives I am looking forward to meeting again and again." --Curled up with a Good Book

“A solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail… Real people, real problems, sometimes with solutions still to come. Staincliffe writes brilliantly and compassionately about things that matter.” -- Literary Review

"It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that." --Val McDermid


 “A superb book, well crafted, well written.” – Books Monthly (UK), Editor’s Choice

“An excellent read.” --The Book Jotter

“One of the best crime books I have read this year.’ --Mystery People

“No frills or gimmicks, just solid characters, well thought out plot and intelligent writing.” --CrimeSquad

“Part of the appeal of these characters is their empathy with the victim and their determination, almost desperation, to catch the perpetrator.” --Eurocime

“This is a well-written book with characters that draw you in, and a murder plot that keeps you reading.” –Shots magazine

“The characters are incredibly well crafted and robust, the difficulties balancing a functional home life with the emotional demands of the job are very well portrayed.” -- Bookgeeks (UK)

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  • Cath Staincliffe; Read by Julia Barrie

  • CATH STAINCLIFFE is an established novelist and creator of the hit UK TV series Blue Murder. Cath has been short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey Best First Novel Award for her acclaimed Sal Kilkenny series (which began with Looking for Trouble), as well as for the Dagger in the Library Award. Most recently, she was a joint winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger Award. She is a founding member of Murder Squad, a group who promote crime fiction. Cath lives in Manchester, England with her partner and family.

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    Dead to Me

    Cath Staincliffe; Read by Julia Barrie



    Macmillan Audio