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Black Summer

Washington Poe, Book 2
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming....

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath....

He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found, and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.  

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.  

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?  

And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.   

©2019 M. W. Craven (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

 "Dark, sharp and compelling." (Peter James) 

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  • V. O'Regan
  • 06-21-19

A Superb Police Procedural

I cannot praise this highly enough. Among the best that I have encountered in this genre. It is intricately plotted and well written with great characters.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 06-24-19

Should be at least 6 stars!

I am desolate! I have listened to Black Summer and now it's over and I'll never get to hear it for the first time ever again. There is nothing to find fault with here. The writing is exquisite, masterful, eloquent and witty. The characters are so believable, so completely real that they are tangible. The narration by John Banks is exactly spot on, as if he had been born to narrate the book. 9 hours and 47 minutes of pure gold standard entertainment. Washington and Tilly are the best double act since Morecambe and Wise. The book was like nectar for my soul, the plot clever and enticing, weaving its disparate threads together into a stunning tapestry. I confess, I experienced multiple eargasms listening to this book. M W Craven has taken The Puppet Show, which I thought was perfect and couldn't be improved upon and created something even more spell binding. I cannot think of a book that has so captivated me in this way for a very long time. How long for book 3 I need to know? My heart is crying out for another journey with Poe and Bradshaw. Absolutely superb. If you listen to one book this year, make it Black Summer, you can thank me later.

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  • mrs j o'kane
  • 06-22-19

A fantastic follow-up to The Puppet Show

I can’t remember getting through an audiobook so fast. I just couldn’t stop listening. A gripping story, great characters and an interesting location. And at the heart of it, the Poe/Tilly relationship which is so well depicted. Hats off too to the narrator, whose performance so suited the story and who got Tilly just right.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 06-22-19

Well worth reading

I didn't quite enjoy this as much as the Puppet Show, but it's still a good read and well worth the credit. I am very fond of Tilly!

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  • Dionne
  • 07-12-19

wow! Amazing

Yet another stunning example of Mike's ability to keep the reader hooked till the very last word!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-19

Brilliant.

Really enjoyed this love the way Tilly's character is developing. Can't wait for the next Washington Poe story.

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  • Deirdre More
  • 07-06-19

My New Favourite Detective

M W Craven can sure write a story. Washington Poe is my new favourite detective and Tilly provides many laugh out loud moments. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Tania
  • 06-30-19

Best book I've read this year so far!!!

Brilliant on every level! I have waited for this book since finishing the Puppet Show, and loved every aspect of it! cleverly written, fast paced genius!

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  • J. V. Knight
  • 06-27-19

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant very clever ending, love Washington Poe really can't wait for the next one.