Almost a Whisper
by Priscilla Masters

A young woman with a pushchair spotted teetering on the edge of a steep rock face on the Staffordshire moors draws Joanna Piercy into a disturbing new case.

A young woman is moving dangerously close to the edge of the rock face, pushing a stroller with a child strapped in it towards the steep drop. She has blood on her clothes. Is she a victim or a would-be killer?

Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy takes on the case when a walker discovers the pair, but the young woman is mute. Is she traumatized or unwilling to speak? Was she about to commit a terrible crime?

As the questions mount, forensic psychiatrist Dr Claire Roget is called in to help. Can she persuade the woman to talk? Joanna desperately needs a breakthrough. But when it comes, her investigation takes a shocking turn . . .


“An absorbing, character-driven police procedural with some provocative twists”

Kirkus Reviews on Blood on the Rocks

“Well-plotted … Fans of character-driven police procedurals will be rewarded”

Publishers Weekly on Blood on the Rocks

“Tantalizing … Piercy’s search for the truth takes her from a tidy but sterile suburban home into a seedier, sadder, and more threatening world”

Publishers Weekly on Crooked Street

“A tightly plotted mystery ... sharply drawn characters ... intriguing story”

Booklist on Crooked Street

“Briskly paced … Readers will enjoy the neatly turned surprise ending”

Publishers Weekly on Guilty Waters

Priscilla Masters

Priscilla Masters is the author of the successful ‘Martha Gunn’ series, as well as the ‘Joanna Piercy’ novels and a series of medical mysteries featuring Dr Claire Roget. She lives near the Shropshire/Staffordshire border.

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Almost a Whisper by Priscilla Masters is available in the following formats

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