Darkside by Belinda Bauer
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In bleak midwinter, the people of Shipcott are shocked by the murder of an elderly woman in her bed. As snow cuts off the village, local policeman Jonas Holly is torn between catching a brutal killer and protecting his vulnerable wife, Lucy.

When the inquiry is commandeered by an abrasive senior detective, Jonas finds himself derided by his colleagues and ashamed to admit to Lucy that he’s been sidelined. It seems his first murder investigation may be over before it’s begun. But when he receives a series of increasingly sinister anonymous notes, Jonas is thrust back into the center of the case. Someone in the village is taunting him, blaming him for the tragedy. Someone thinks he’s not doing his job; someone seems to know every move he makes. And soon Jonas has to ask: Who’s hunting who?

About Belinda Bauer

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Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and her script THE LOCKER ROOM earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters, an award that was presented to her by Sidney Poitier. She was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for “Mysterious Ways,” about a girl stranded on a desert island with 30,000 Bibles. Belinda now lives in Wales.
Published May 3, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Although she’s barely able to hold a knife, Jonas insists that Lucy carry one for her protection, leading ultimately to her demise and the plot twist that sets the killer free.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Village policeman Jonas Holly is criticized by murder squad detectives from Taunton for his handling of the crime scene and abrasive DCI John Marvel appears to be determined to make life difficult for Jonas, and he isn't the only one.

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Library Journal

Plans were just gearing up for promotion of the paperback edition of Blacklands, due out in January 2011 after the January 2010 publication of the hardcover, and for Bauer’s new novel, Darkside (See “Fiction), to be released here in May. Bauer has a passionate in-house following eager to build he...

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What do you think this is - bloody Toytown ?

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It is freezing mid-winter on Exmoor, and in a close-knit community where no stranger goes unnoticed, a local woman has been found murdered in her bed.

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