Butcher’s Wood
by Peter Guttridge

A bloody death of an actress during a theatre show has DI Gilchrist and DS Heap investigate . . . but was it a bizarre accident or a deliberate attack?

During a theatre performance Detective Inspector Sarah Gilchrist is reluctantly attending, blood begins soaking through a curtain startling one actor into falling to his death from the stage. The source of the blood: Elvira Wright, the lead actress, has been bludgeoned by a lead weight used for opening the curtain.

Meanwhile former Hollywood actress Nimue Grace is attracting attention from a notorious gangster. When she stumbles across something horrific in the aptly named Butcher’s Wood, she interprets it as a vicious message left for her.

As Gilchrist and Detective Sergeant Bellamy Heap investigate, they find themselves running in circles. All the actors were disgruntled with the director of the play, Cat Pinter, and the way it was produced, but why would any of them target Elvira? And what is the meaning of the horrible discovery in Butcher’s Wood?


A masterly procedural with erudite characters and a nasty sting in the tail

Kirkus Reviews on The Lady of the Lake

This is a ripping good British mystery, with murder and betrayal among the treats

Booklist on The Lady of the Lake

Catherine Aird fans who’ve not yet discovered this series will be delighted

Publishers Weekly on The Lady of the Lake

Amusing repartee, well-drawn characters, and intriguing plot twists distinguish this police procedural

Publishers Weekly on Swimming with the Dead

Guttridge effectively combines a challenging mystery with fascinating backstory

Booklist on Swimming with the Dead

Cleverly nuanced sleuths solve a series of knotty crimes with daring and panache

Kirkus Reviews on Swimming with the Dead

Peter Guttridge

Award-winning comic crime author Peter Guttridge turned from the Daft Side to the Dark Side for his Brighton mystery series, which started with City of Dreadful Night and continued most recently with The Lady of the Lake. He was also the Observer’s crime fiction critic for twelve years, and so has read far more crime fiction than is good for him.www.peterguttridge.com

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Butcher’s Wood by Peter Guttridge is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278503796th July 2021145 X 220mm192$28.99
Hardback978072785037929th April 2021145 X 220mm192£20.99
Ebook97814483052781st June 2021N/A192$14.99
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