Salt Lane by William Shaw

Salt Lane

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

TitleSalt Lane
ISBN9781786486578
Author
Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
PublisherQuercus Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller
Rating

Reviews Salt Lane

  • Paromjit
    2018-04-10
    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...
  • Linda
    2018-07-13
    The world is full of desperation.Desperation seems to be the driving force that makes one feel the pinpricks of their present existence. It bears no precise name, no precise locality. It visits upon the strong and the weak. It's the causal factor in being misguided, misinformed, and misjudging of the stranger who travels a far different road.Detective Sergeant Alex Cupidi still feels the uneasiness of her decision to leave the London Met Police a...
  • Sandy
    2018-04-01
    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....
  • Brenda
    2018-07-02
    The protagonist in this book is DS Alexandra Cupidi, who was a prickly, though secondary, character in The Birdwatcher. In that book, she was newly assigned to the Kent police. In Salt Lane, she and her daughter Zoë have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's description of the area had me Googling for pictures. It is a flat, bleak, desolate area, and I found it fascinating. Cupidi was not taking motherhood as seriously as sh...
  • Truman32
    2018-07-27
    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circumstances and desperations that cause folks to hurt one another. Conditions so harsh that their only choice is to break the law… even kill. These stories illuminate ...
  • Susan
    2018-04-13
    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
    2017-11-26
    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.
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-04-25
    SALT LANE is the first book in the Alexandra Cupidi series. However, Alexandra first showed up in the book THE BIRDWATCHER, which I haven't read (yet). I read a lot of crime novels and I was curious to see if this one would be to my taste. I'm glad to say that I liked this book and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
  • Fictionophile
    2019-02-02
    I loved this author's "The Birdwatcher" so much that I just had to read this title which features Detective Sergeant Cupidi of the Serious Crimes Directorate in Kent.Alexandra Cupidi has moved to Kent from London where she worked for the Metropolitan Police. After a dead-end affair with a married colleague, she 'up-sticks' with her teenage daughter and moved to Dungeness. She is a workaholic and devoted to her job. As a result her teenage daughte...
  • Pat
    2018-07-17
    4 starsSalt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. “The Birdwatcher” introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Alexandra Cupidi is currently with the Kent police force after leaving the London police. She needed a break from a disastrous relationship in London so her and her daughte...
  • Roman Clodia
    2018-03-14
    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
    2018-05-09
    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
    2018-05-03
    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...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    2018-07-23
    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books??? we just want to love you???)I love a procedural. I also nitpick procedurals to death and can rarely find ones that measure up to my standards. While SALT LANE f...
  • Thebooktrail
    2018-01-15
    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
    2018-04-18
    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
    2018-05-03
    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...
  • Maine Colonial
    2018-06-30
    William Shaw is the author of the excellent Breen and Tozer series 2017’s The Birdwatcher. Although Salt Lane is called #1 in the Alexandra Cupidi series, in a sense it’s #2, because Cupidi is a featured character in The Birdwatcher.One of the cases in Salt Lane is the death of an identified woman. This turns into quite a mystery, as it appears that the victim and a homeless person who turns up in London share a name, and one may be impersona...
  • Mandy
    2019-01-21
    4.5* Really enjoyed Salt Lane, great writing, interesting characters, a topical murder mystery, a real sense of place in the Kent marshes and coastline depicting a bleak landscape and I love the inclusion, still, of the bird watching element on the nature reserve. I will definitely be reading the next in the series.
  • Lainy
    2018-04-14
    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...
  • Raven
    2018-06-19
    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...
  • Melody
    2018-08-29
    (4.5 star)Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from the London Met police after a scandal which sent her packing to a quiet coastline in Kent. Constable Jill Ferriter is assigned to work with her and their first case is a ...
  • Joanne
    2018-08-22
    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, clandestine farm workers and desperate humans who face unspeakable abuse every day.DS Alex Cupidi is right in the middle of the story, torn between her job and her di...
  • Eleanor
    2018-04-19
    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. ...
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    2018-01-15
    An excellent start to this series. The weather finally broke and we had a glorious weekend where I was finally able to sit outside on the patio and read. And that is all I did this weekend - the bulk of this book was read yesterday all day outside. Excellent development this time around of Alexandra Cupidi's character, her work life and her home life. Not only is this an excellent start to a great mystery series that I look forward to continuing ...
  • Thelastwordreview
    2018-04-29
    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
    2018-05-13
    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...
  • J. Merwin
    2018-09-27
    I am thrilled that Shaw has written another fabulous mystery set on the wild coast of England, (loved his first mystery set there) this very unique land/seascape (and its birders) is as much one of his a characters as the people he has created for us. What a fine mystery writer he is...I could not put his book down and even experienced that terror where you can't bear to read through but must just scan ahead to know what has happened! The only re...
  • Pascale
    2018-08-11
    Closer to a 3.5 - good but dragged on a bit. Who the killer turned out to be was pretty surprising to me - so that's something you don't always get! Got a little bit annoyed about the protagonist being referred to, throughout by her surname, seemed oddly formal and was a little bit confused the odd time her name was used.I'll probably, eventually checkout the next in the series at a later date.
  • The Inside Flap Podcast
    2019-02-03
    Engrossing and evocative thriller set amidst the raindrops in Dungeness in Kent, England. More birdwatching, more thrills, and more stimulating social issues than you can shake a slurry pit at. Marvelous. Check out our interview with William Shaw about this book and other topics here: https://theinsideflap.com/2019/02/03/...