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First U.S. edition.
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New York, NY : Harper, 2014.
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359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman's body inside was found at the bottom of the pit. As DI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths--a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.
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"Originally published in a slightly different form in Great Britain in 2013 by Little, Brown."
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2013026038
ISBN:
9780062276025 (hardback)
0062276026 (hardback)
9780062276025
0062276026
Other Number:
850180868
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DCI Louisa Smith and her team discover a shocking link between the brutal murder of a young woman and the apparent suicide of another woman, in this first entry in a gripping new detective series that is told from multiple character viewpoints. 50,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith and her team discover a shocking link between the brutal murder of a young woman and the apparent suicide of another woman. - (Baker & Taylor)

P. D. James meets E. L. James in Under a Silent Moon, this first novel in an exciting British crime series—a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith—from suspense talent Elizabeth Haynes, author of the bestselling Into the Darkest Corner.

In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman’s body inside was found at the bottom of the pit.

As DI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths—a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

In Under a Silent Moon, Elizabeth Haynes interweaves fictional primary source materials—police reports, phone messages, interviews—and multiple character viewpoints to create a sexy, edgy, and compulsively readable tale of murder, mystery, and unsettling suspense. 

- (HARPERCOLL)

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Two women share a grisly fate in the first entry of this exciting new British crime series—a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces the formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith—from theNew York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes, "the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time" (Sophie Hannah, author ofKind of Cruel).

In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman's body inside has been found at the bottom of the pit.

As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence over the course of the next six days, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths—a bond that sealed these women's terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

In this compelling new detective series, Elizabeth Haynes interweaves fictional primary source materials—police reports, phone messages, interviews—and multiple character viewpoints to create a sexy, edgy, and compulsively readable tale of murder, mystery, and unsettling suspense.

- (HARPERCOLL)

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On the same day that Polly Leuchars is bludgeoned to death in a village near London, her neighbor Barbara Fletcher-Norman is found dead in a car that went over a nearby cliff. Forensics link the two cases into a single operation, the first investigation to be headed by newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Louisa "Lou" Smith of Major Crimes. Beautiful, blonde, 27-year-old Polly, a groom at the horse farm owned by wealthy, crime-connected Nigel Maitland, started sexual relationships casually with both men and women (among them Maitland, his daughter Flora, and Fletcher-Norman's widower), spurning the commitment that some of her lovers sought. While a quick and simple solution to the case presents itself early on, Smith and her team keep digging, despite her discomfort at working closely with DC Andy Hamilton, with whom she had a prepromotion fling. After three stand-alone novels—the latest being the suspenseful Human Remains, 2013—real-life police analyst Haynes debuts a promising procedural series featuring a strong lead character who could just become a genre stalwart. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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Newly promoted DCI Louisa Smith's first case is a doozy—the brutal murder of Polly Leuchars in a posh village outside London. When a second body is discovered, a victim of a supposed suicide, Lou and her team hope for a quick solution of what they presume to be a case of a murder/suicide. As the team uncovers more evidence, they find that the answer is more complicated than first appears. Polly had occupied many beds and broken many hearts, so untangling the complex web of friends, lovers, and neighbors takes some time. As Lou tries to sort out the messiness of Polly's life, she faces complications in her own love life. Andy Hamilton, the DI assigned to her case, is also Lou's former lover. Despite being burned by her involvement with Andy, Lou is attracted to Jason Mercer, the police intelligence analyst. VERDICT Haynes (Into the Darkest Corner), a police intelligence analyst herself, weaves witness statements, phone records, and software information used by real police investigations into this dark tale of murder, sex, and lies. The first in a projected series is perfect for fans of police procedurals and British mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 10/20/13.]—Lynnanne Pearson, Skokie P.L., IL

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