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      a director's cut   a psychiatrist screams   a vicar crucified  
 

Simon Parke with his book, A Hearse at Midnight

A Hearse at Midnight

Daffodils freeze and shrubs cry in Stormhaven. They call it ‘the Beast from the East’ and the temperature’s unholy; it crucifies all with cruel nails of ice; a Siberian chill piercing their bones. And there will be a further killing tonight – human, not plant; boy, not man.

So begins another case for Abbot Peter and D.I. Tamsin Shah, with the discovery of a young man’s body at the seaside beauty spot of Splash Point. He drowns beneath a cold, uncaring moon; and as P.C. Banville observes, it proves a ‘hungry death’, not sated by one unfortunate corpse. There must, and will, be more.

The investigation will lead the Abbot and Shah into deep but different danger. And it’s not just the killer they need worry about.

Pray for the coming of spring.

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‘Parke evokes the creepiness of the setting marvellously. He has a stunning ear for the way people actually speak, with pages of uninterrupted dialogue flashing by with the speed of a radio play.’

Fiona Hood, Church Times

‘I have never read a more gripping and unusual murder mystery than this. In an Agatha Christie-style English seaside village, the black vicar, Anton Fontaine, is discovered crucified in his own vestry.’

Hollyhock

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