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Review: MISSING, PRESUMED, Susie Steiner

Missing, Presumed, by Susie Steiner. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite
“The plot beautifully and painfully slowly unfolds”


Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.

Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.

Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?


Police procedural novels, while interesting, can sometimes read more like a manual than a novel. Not this book though. The lead, DS Manon Bradshaw, despite the odd name, is someone… TO READ FULL REVIEW, CLICK HERE.

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