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

Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1)

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 the lonely Kent coastline. Even murder looks different in this landscape of fens, ditches and stark beaches, shadowed by the towers of Dunge...

Details Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1)

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

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...
  • Linda
    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
    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
    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
    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 the...
  • 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.
  • 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 have no f...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fictionophile
    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...
  • Patricia
    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 daughter, Zoe...
  • 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...
  • Stephen Clynes
    Salt Lane follows on from Williams previous novel The Birdwatcher but this can clearly be read as a stand-alone. Salt Lane continues in the same remote landscapes near Dungeness along the Kent coast. Many characters return from The Birdwatcher to play vital parts in Salt Lane. Williams writing style continues in this new story where bodies are found in very unexpected places. Follow Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi of the Kent Police as she so...
  • Nigel
    I started off thinking that this was maybe a bit lightweight despite liking the opening idea of the story. However this did grow on me steadily. It moved from an ok 3 star to a decent 4 star by the end. The story lines woven in were very good. If I have a reservation it would be that I thought the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. However I bought book 2 while reading this so that definitely says something! Dark and gritty at tim...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    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
    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...
  • Cathy Ryan
    If you read The Birdwatcher youll be familiar with DS Alexandra Cupidi, who moved from the Met in London to Kent Serious Crime Directorate. She and her teenage daughter, Zoë live in Dungeness where once again the stark but atmospheric location is a stand out feature. Zoë is having trouble adjusting to the move, uncommunicative and prone to disappearing to the fens without warning. She and her mother dont have the best of relationships and often...
  • Kathy
    This is best appreciated after reading the first Cupidi book, The Birdwatcher. There are people being killed in the Kentish countryside, showing up in drainage ditches and farm waste disposal (slurry) pits. Plenty of work for Kent PD. Cupidi and her daughter Zoe have moved into a house in Dungeness. "In the light of a summer evening, there was something lunar about Dungeness. It lay on the tip of a vast flat stony landscape that jutted into the S...
  • Eric
    Salt Lane by William Shaw is the second novel involving DS Alexandra Cupidi and the first where she is the main subject in the story. Shaw weaves a tale that at first seems to involve several threads one can't imagine are related. The novel opens with the burning deaths of two boys many years ago and then in returning to current times, describes an apparent vagrant mother visiting a son she once abandoned and has had no contact with and then sudd...
  • 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...
  • Mandy
    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.
  • James
    This is the second novel of William Shaws that Ive read and while its 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 doesnt appear to have drowned and nor doe...
  • Maine Colonial
    William Shaw is the author of the excellent Breen and Tozer series 2017s The Birdwatcher. Although Salt Lane is called #1 in the Alexandra Cupidi series, in a sense its #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 impersonating t...
  • Val
    I enjoyed The Birdwatcher very much but I have to say I found Salt Lane to be totally enthralling and I enjoyed it even more! The author did a brilliant job depicting Cupidis relationships with her daughter and her mother. I loved the interaction between Cupidi and her new, young and inexperienced partner, too. The sensitive issues contained in this book were treated with objectivity, which I appreciated. And there were a lot of issues: Drug addi...
  • 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...
  • BoardInMalibu
    In the minority on William Shaws latest book Salt Marsh with a 2.5 star rating. Found the storyline interesting... but, seems like everyone is writing about the refugee problem and this author does not contribute anything original. The protagonist is completely unlikeable and fails time and again to follow standard police procedures. The flawed, complex, unhappy, maverick FEMALE detective has been done and done again. This authors protagonist wit...
  • 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...
  • Melody
    (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
    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...