The Loose End
by A.J. Cross

Introducing Professor Teigan Craft, a neurodiverse forensic psychologist getting into the minds of Birmingham’s most twisted killers.

No one has seen reclusive Emma Matheson for years. But when her mummified remains are found in the cellar of a property in Birmingham during a renovation, the chilling discovery raises more questions than answers.

Forensic psychologist Professor Teigan ‘Tig’ Craft from Central University is called in to assist DCI Steve Thompson’s team with the investigation, and her shrewd observations on her first police case quickly profile a ruthlessly efficient killer. So ruthless they have struck more than once? As Teigan uncovers a number of cold murder cases involving young women linked by geography and time to Emma’s terrible fate, Thompson is unconvinced by her theories and unconventional style. Can they learn to work together to catch a serial killer before another tragedy strikes?


“As usual, Cross offers a suspense-filled police procedural with engaging but flawed lead characters and well-researched insights into modern policing”

Booklist on Reflections of Deviance

“Cross builds tension while keeping a diverse cast of characters sharp and sympathetic”

Kirkus Reviews on Reflections of Deviance

“Plenty of unexpected twists sure to set pulses racing, leading to a shock ending guaranteed to blindside even the most experienced thriller reader”

Booklist Starred Review of A Dark, Divided Self

“Cross pulls no punches in a shocking tale of crime and punishment”

Kirkus Reviews on A Dark, Divided Self

“Readers will find themselves warming to Watts, Traynor, and Judd in this clever and absorbing roller-coaster ride of a procedural, and the authentic-seeming depiction of modern policing, along with a devastating conclusion, makes it a gripping and entertaining read for fans of British procedurals”

Booklist on Devil in the Detail

“A skillfully written police drama with plenty of twists”

Booklist on Dark Truths

“Outstanding . . . Cross, herself a forensic psychologist, plays fair with the reader right up to the surprising conclusion”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Cold, Cold Heart

A.J. Cross

A.J. Cross is a forensic psychologist with over twenty years’ experience in the field. She lives in Birmingham with her jazz-musician husband and is the author of five Kate Hanson mysteries.A.J. Cross is a forensic psychologist with over twenty years’ experience in the field. She lives in Birmingham with her jazz-musician husband. As well as the Will Traynor series, she is the author of five Kate Hanson Cold Case mysteries.

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The Loose End by A.J. Cross is available in the following formats

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