A murdered migrant is the first big case for the embattled DS Alexandra Cupidi in a new series by the acclaimed author of The Birdwatcher.No-one knew their names, the bodies found in the water. There are people here, in plain sight, that no-one ever notices at all.DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut, after the scandal that sent her packing - resentful teenager in tow - from the London Met to the lonely Kent coastline. Even murder looks different in this landscape of fens, ditches and stark beaches, shadowed by the towers of Dungeness power station. Murder looks a lot less pretty.The man drowned in the slurry pit had been herded there like an animal. He was North African, like many of the fruit pickers that work the fields. The more Cupidi discovers, the more she wants to ask - but these people are suspicious of questions.It will take an understanding of this strange place - its old ways and new crimes - to uncover the dark conspiracy behind the murder. Cupidi is not afraid to travel that road. But she should be. She should, by now, have learnt.Salt Lane is the first in the new DS Alexandra Cupidi series. With his trademark characterisation and flair for social commentary, William Shaw has crafted a crime novel for our time that grips you, mind and heart....
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Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1) Reviews
A accomplished author who has created a new police series set around Dungeness. In DS Cupidi he has created a wonderful detective instinctive and headstrong. Often guilty of saying too much too quickly and speaking her mind without thinking.
Her move out from London is due to her relationship with another police officer and she is conscious of this history, mistakes made delaying her career and the pressure this has brought on her daughter.
The themes that link this novel are many and complex. On ...more
I must say, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just loved the dysfunctional family of Alex’s and the scenery and all the bird and wildlife, I think the author is a birdwatcher himself. The story is a sad one, but very well written, and I had to keep reading to find out who was behind it all. Finished it in a day. I was quite surprised however, to find on fantastic fiction that there was one before this called Birdwatcher and that gives more insight into Alex’s move from the Met. I’m reading them ba ...more
This is my first William Shaw book and on this evidence it won't be my last. Salt Lane is a DS Cupidi police thriller. It from the start is engaging and takes you on a roller coaster of a ride through the Kent coast and London. The characters are real and thes toryline compelling and it was hard to put down.
Absolutely Brilliant. A great read!! I highly recommend. I was hooked from the first page!
I loved The Birdwatcher, which introduced Alexandra Cupidi. I absolutely applaud William Shaw, for giving her a series. Salt Lane can definitely be read as a standalone. I do recommend reading The Birdwatcher, which is a strong prequel. It really sets the scene and tone.
In The Birdwatcher, we met Alex Cupidi, a delightful straight talking woman. She had left London and moved to rural Kent. This was all because of a relationship with a married colleague. Alex has a teenage daughter, Zoe, who disc ...more
Salt Lane is the newest novel from William Shaw, the beginning of a series featuring DI Alex Cupidi, who made an appearance in the book Shaw released last year, The Birdwatcher. Salt Lane too is set in rural Kent, that strange flat marshy part of England where the sea and the sky and the land flow into one another. This time, Shaw sets his sights on immigrant labour: the illegal fruit picking and farm work that goes on under the noses of police. Two murders in quick succession—a local woman who ...more
One of my favourite books of last year was The Birdwatcher. The MC was William South, a cop with a dodgy past who runs up against a new colleague named DS Alexandra Cupidi. In this outing she takes over the lead as a member of the Serious Crime team with Kent police.
Alexandra arrived in the area as a transfer from the Met. After an affair with a colleague in London was discovered, she packed up teenage daughter Zoë & moved to Dungeness. It hasn’t been an easy transition for either o ...more
I received a copy via NetGalley. I have read other books by the author and they are all just as good. An interesting cast of characters and a good story made for an enjoyable Easter read