The Dead House

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What to expect

When the body of a young woman is found in an old ‘dead house’ – the annexe where the dead were stored before burial in medieval times – of a tiny Welsh church, it seems that past and present have come together in a bizarre and horrifying way. For DC Fiona Griffiths, the girl – a murder victim whose corpse was laid out with obvious tenderness – represents an irresistibly intriguing puzzle, given Fiona’s unusual empathy with the dead. And when her investigations lead her to an obscure and secretive monastery hidden in a remote valley, she finds that the dead girl is far from the only victim of a sinister melding of modern crime and medieval religious practices. Only Fiona is capable of putting the mismatched pieces together in this disturbing puzzle, but immersing herself in this dark and obsessive world could threaten her fragile grip on her own sanity.

Read by Siriol Jenkins

(p) 2016 Orion Publishing Group

Critics Review

  • Praise for gripping, atmospheric crime thriller THE DEAD HOUSE: Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. The Dead House is a masterpiece. You won’t read a better crime novel this year

  • Intriguing and compelling – I love Fiona Griffiths

  • In a word – brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I’ve read in a while

  • Compelling and claustrophobic. Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime’s most memorable heroines

  • One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable

  • Fiona Griffiths is a wonderful character, an absolute breath of fresh air. The Dead House had me intrigued from the start and I can’t wait for more from my new favourite heroine


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