Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi, #1) by William Shaw

Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi, #1)

A murdered migrant is the first big case for the embattled DS Alexandra Cupidi in a new series by the acclaimed author of The Birdwatcher.No-one knew their names, the bodies found in the water. There are people here, in plain sight, that no-one ever notices at all.DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mouth shut, after the scandal that sent her packing - resentful teenager in tow - from the London Met to th...

Details Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi, #1)

TitleSalt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi, #1)
Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
PublisherQuercus Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi, #1)

  • Paromjit
    William Shaw begins this series featuring DS Alex Cupidi after introducing us to her in the excellent The Birdwatcher, set in the remote, atmospheric and isolated Kent coastline with its marshes. The story echoes many current social and political issues in Britain today, the anti-immigrant fervour, the lack of rights and inability to work faced asylum seekers, and the precarious and exploitative world of gangmasters and vulnerable migrant workers...
  • Sandy
    3.5 starsOne of my favourite books of last year was The Birdwatcher. The MC was William South, a cop with a dodgy past who runs up against a new colleague named DS Alexandra Cupidi. In this outing she takes over the lead as a member of the Serious Crime team with Kent police.Alexandra arrived in the area as a transfer from the Met. After an affair with a colleague in London was discovered, she packed up teenage daughter Zoë & moved to Dungeness....
  • Susan
    Having really enjoyed, “The Birdwatcher,” I was delighted to see D S Alexander Cupidi come centre stage in the first of a new series. Cupidi left London for Kent, after having an affair with a married colleague, and relocated with her daughter, Zoe. Zoe is a troubled teenager, who has taken to birdwatching, after tagging along with William South, in the prequel novel. Unhappy at school, she spends her time on the Kent marshes and seems to hav...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Wonderful. Great writing, great location, great protagonist, brilliant characters and a socially relevant and emotionally resonant plot. All the ticks in all the boxes. Loved it.Full review to follow nearer publication.
  • Roman Clodia
    3.5 starsAfter a slightly slow start, this picks up and develops into an engrossing plot - before slowing down again into a melodramatic finish with a left-field and unconvincing 'villain'. At 450 pages, the story stalls in places and could have been tightened up by losing 50-100 pages of padding.DS Alex Cupidi (is that a real name?), first introduced in The Birdwatcher, now takes centre stage and, personally I could have done without the soap-op...
  • Christine
    I loved The Birdwatcher, which introduced Alexandra Cupidi. I absolutely applaud William Shaw, for giving her a series. Salt Lane can definitely be read as a standalone. I do recommend reading The Birdwatcher, which is a strong prequel. It really sets the scene and tone.In The Birdwatcher, we met Alex Cupidi, a delightful straight talking woman. She had left London and moved to rural Kent. This was all because of a relationship with a married col...
  • Richard
    A accomplished author who has created a new police series set around Dungeness. In DS Cupidi he has created a wonderful detective instinctive and headstrong. Often guilty of saying too much too quickly and speaking her mind without thinking.Her move out from London is due to her relationship with another police officer and she is conscious of this history, mistakes made delaying her career and the pressure this has brought on her daughter.The the...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction (
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novel hereA very fine read. Social commentary mixed with the evocation of a landscape which seeps into the story so that it becomes the story. Great characters too with backstories I can' wait to find out more about. There's something very eerie and ethereal about the marshes and this book brings them out and shines a light on them. An immersive way of writing and keen observations complete with killer dialogue makes th...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Salt Lane, the first novel to feature DS Alex Cupidi of Kent police.Alex has recently transferred from the Met to Dungeness and is still feeling her way when she is called out to a dead body found in a ditch in Salt Lane. They are still trying to identify the woman and her cause of death when another body is found in the slurry pit of a local farm. This one they believe to b...
  • James
    This is the second novel of William Shaw’s that I’ve read and while it’s the start of a new series, it follows on somewhat from the previous novel of his that I read, The Birdwatcher. In that novel DS Alexander Cupidi was a secondary character, but here she steps centre stage. When the body of a woman is found in a body of water in the titular marshland of Salt Lane, the Kent police are somewhat stumped. She doesn’t appear to have drowned...
  • Lainy
    Time taken to read - 2 daysPages - 400Publisher - Quercus booksSource - Review copyBlurb from Goodreads A murdered migrant is the first big case for the embattled DS Alexandra Cupidi in a new series by the acclaimed author of The BirdwatcherNo-one knew their names, the bodies found in the water. There are people here, in plain sight, that no-one ever notices at all.DS Alexandra Cupidi has done it again. She should have learnt to keep her big mout...
  • Mrtruscott
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a “palate cleanser/random change of pace.” I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author takes on a flawed female main character...a mother, daughter, copper, with a female partner/underling, no less. He did pretty well, for a man. The plot was somewhat convolu...
  • Thelastwordreview
    Having really enjoyed The Birdwatcher that was released in May 2016 and now William Shaw returns with Salt Lane. DS Alexandra Cupidi after leaving the Met and heading to the Kent coastline she is confronted with a shocking murder. Life is different here and so is murder. Salt Lane is a terrifying and gripping crime novel. that I enjoyed even more than Shaw’s previous. This is the start of a new DS Cupidi series and already looking forward to fu...
  • Victoria Goldman
    I raced through Salt Lane, from beginning to end. Yet again, as with The Birdwatcher, I was totally mesmerised by the quirky characters, chilling setting and emotional plot.Everything about this book, and William Shaw's stunning writing, is excellent. The dialogue, in particular, is so realistic that it brings each character to life and drives the plot forward at a cracking pace. The setting is stark and desolate, yet the descriptions of the coas...
  • Eleanor
    Salt Lane is the newest novel from William Shaw, the beginning of a series featuring DI Alex Cupidi, who made an appearance in the book Shaw released last year, The Birdwatcher. Salt Lane too is set in rural Kent, that strange flat marshy part of England where the sea and the sky and the land flow into one another. This time, Shaw sets his sights on immigrant labour: the illegal fruit picking and farm work that goes on under the noses of police. ...
  • Raven
    Having made the acquaintance of DS Alexandra Cupidi some time ago in The Birdwatcher , a wonderfully atmospheric thriller set against the backdrop of the bleak coastline of Dungeness, prepare to be completely absorbed as she makes her return in Salt Lane. Not only is this a well plotted and compelling police procedural, once again using this particular landscape to its full brooding and slightly sinister effect, but Salt Lane reveals itself to be...
  • Kath
    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read in its own right, why not!?Due to some dubious personal life choices, Alex has been relocated from the bustling Met to the wilds of the Kent coastline. A move that...
  • jeff popple
    In this well-crafted follow up to 'The Birdwatcher', William Shaw moves DS Alexandra Cupidi to centre stage. Alexandra is thrown into her first major investigation since relocating from London to the Kent coastline after an ill-judged affair with a senior officer, when the body of a woman is found in the waters close to Salt Lane. Although the woman is identified as Hilary Keen, there is some question over her identity and when the investigation ...
  • Amanda Gee
    A thoroughly enjoyable read, having read The Birdwatcher I had high hopes for Salt Lane and I wasn't disappointed. Alex Cupidi is an intriguing character and her complex personal life adds to the story. Alex transfers from the Met in London to the Kent police force after an affair with a married colleague. The wilds of the Kent coastline and the marshes are wonderfully atmospheric, her relationship with her teenage daughter highlights the difficu...
  • Laura
    I've been reading a lot of crime lately (possibly a little bit odd for a children's bookseller but it's nice to change it up a bit!) I really liked this one - Shaw creates some interesting characters and leaves several unanswered questions that I expect will be addressed more in the later novels. I found the plot (stolen identities, the issue of migrant workers and the Greenham Common protests) an original one, which made a nice change. Its certa...
  • Sophie
    I loved this and the prequel to this series, ‘The Birdwatcher’. Intelligent writing, great story, believable characters and relationships. The landscape described (the Kent marshes) is an important backdrop and beautifully evoked; I found the relationship between the central character, her mother and her daughter and her mother v moving. Shaw has also managed to write a book of thoughtful criticism too, about the mistreatment of immigrants in...
  • Carole
    I must say, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just loved the dysfunctional family of Alex’s and the scenery and all the bird and wildlife, I think the author is a birdwatcher himself. The story is a sad one, but very well written, and I had to keep reading to find out who was behind it all. Finished it in a day. I was quite surprised however, to find on fantastic fiction that there was one before this called Birdwatcher and that gives more insigh...
  • Evelyn Johnston
    This is my first William Shaw book and on this evidence it won't be my last. Salt Lane is a DS Cupidi police thriller. It from the start is engaging and takes you on a roller coaster of a ride through the Kent coast and London. The characters are real and thes toryline compelling and it was hard to put down.
  • Zoe
    Thanks Quercus Books and netgalley for this ARC.William Shaw has a fan for the duration. Loved the feel of this gritty cop drama mystery. You'll be cheering for Cupidi, and on you feet cheering for more novels from Shaw.
  • Andrew Lone
    A great sequel to birdwatcher , highly recommend
  • Steven
    Absolutely Brilliant. A great read!! I highly recommend. I was hooked from the first page!
  • Christopher Williams
    I've enjoyed greatly all the books by William Shaw so far and hope this is the start of a series. Alex Cupidi is a great character and the birdwatching daughter is great as well. Very well constructed plot set in the Dungeness area of Kent with the issue of illegal immigrants/asylum seekers and itinerant labourers on local farms being prominent.The various strands all tied together neatly by the end and I did not guess what was going on at all.
  • Graham
    I received a copy via NetGalley. I have read other books by the author and they are all just as good. An interesting cast of characters and a good story made for an enjoyable Easter read
  • Jacob Collins
    All of my reviews can be found at: https://hookedfrompageoneblog.wordpre...When I read The Birdwatcher by William Shaw last year I really liked DS Alexander Cupidi, so I was excited to find out that she was getting her own series. Although she did feature in The Birdwatcher, you do not need to read it to enjoy Salt Lane, as The Birdwatcher is a stand-alone; but I would recommend reading it if you would like to find out more about her past and cha...