Manon Bradshaw - Missing, Presumed (Manon Bradshaw, Book 1)

By Susie Steiner



‘Hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction – Gripping’ ERIN KELLY

‘Missing, Presumed is the best [crime novel] I’ve read in a very long time’ SARAH PARRY, Guardian

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.

Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.

Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 25 Feb 2016
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0-00-812328-4
Susie Steiner began her writing career as a news reporter first on local papers, then on the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph and The Times. In 2001 she joined the Guardian, where she worked as a commissioning editor for 11 years. Her first novel, Homecoming – described as \'truly exceptional\' by the Observer – was published by Faber & Faber in 2013. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Praise for Missing, Presumed: -

”'Missing, Presumed is the best [crime novel] I’ve read in a very long time. It has everything one could ask, and more: it’s stylish, witty and compelling; has an infuriating yet likable lead detective; and is also terribly good at skewering contemporary class anxieties and manners” - SARAH PERRY, Guardian

”'Where Steiner excels is in the depth and clarity with which she depicts her characters. Manon is sad and lonely, estranged from her sister and something of a misanthrope. But she’s also funny and clever, and interesting. I defy you not to fall for her” - Thriller of the Month, Observer

”'A cracking page-turner” - Woman & Home

'This clever, witty novel is one of those rare books that marries excellent writing and memorable characters with an absorbing plot and a startling twist' Sunday Express -

”'Steiner’s engrossing, gripping and wry prose, beautifully detailed storytelling and the wonderfully drawn DS Manon Bradshaw elevate this missing person novel into something quite spectacular and deeply satisfying” - Best crime thrillers of 2016, Red

”'[Steiner] gets inside the minds and lives of her book’s socially disparate personalities with the grace of a novelist of manners, even as she pulls tight the strands of one of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year” - Wall Street Journal

”'Smart and stylish…Manon is portrayed with an irresistible blend of sympathy and snark” - New York Times Must-read Thriller of the Summer

”'The most satisfying read in ages…Utterly brilliant” - INDIA KNIGHT

”'Loving Missing, Presumed - intelligent, funny, gripping and beautifully written” - CARYS BRAY

”'For those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in” - LUCIE WHITEHOUSE