Available: Autumn 2016
An ambitious and gripping novel. Alex Clare has created a contemporary and relevant heroine in DI Robyn Bailley… confidently revealing a taut and engrossing mystery.
Alice Clark-Platts, author of Bitter Fruits
A very accomplished debut. Clare has tackled a powerful subject and has managed to skilfully weave it into a gripping mystery that kept me turning the pages well into the night.
Heidi Perks, author of Beneath the Surface
Alex Clare’s debut crime novel, examines the challenges of gender dysphoria in an enlightened way, showing the difficulties for the transgender community through a protagonist under scrutiny and coming to terms with her new identity. This is a cracking good read.
David Caddy, Tears in the Fence
Classic crime fiction with a compelling, complex and brilliantly conceived central character. Robyn Bailley is a wonderful creation and Alex Clare is an exciting new talent.
Sheila Bugler, author of the Ellen Kelly crime series
I found the story to become progressively darker and more intriguing as it went on. If you enjoy reading dark and mysterious thrillers I would definitely recommend it.
Jessikah Stenson @ Read by Jess
Being one of the first books to tackle this subject in fictional form with sensitivity, rather than exploitation as crossdressing serial killer or exotic sex object, makes it groundbreaking. . . . I look forward to reading their future character arcs and seeing how DI Robyn Bailley develops.
Katy-Jon Went @ KatyJon.com
This first introduction to DI Bailley and her team has enormous potential in terms of a series, and with Clare’s obvious skill for plot building, attention to police procedure, and, on the whole, well-realised characterisation there is much to build on in the future. Recommended.
Raven Crime Reads
A solid, good first book. . . . I want to see how Robyn continues to develop and grow.
Ellen @ NeedforCaffeine
A gripping novel with an intriguing plot, it’s taut, it’s tense and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep even the most hardened crime fan reading late into the night.
Lorraine @ The Book Review Café
A book which has huge potential as a choice for reading groups, particularly as there is so much contemporary interest, and controversy, about the subject of gender dysphoria.
Linda Hepworth @ nudge-book.com
Introducing the subject of transgender with the detailed focus on how Roger has become Robyn gives a whole new spin on a classic whodunit psychological thriller.
Claire @ theaddictionofbooks.blogspot.co.uk
Alex Clare has delivered a crime novel that is a match for those by well-established authors in the genre. . . Clare’s unique protagonist is a welcome voice in the crime writing arena.
Joy Isabella @ joyisabella.com
How do you find a missing child when his mother doesn’t believe you have the right to even exist? When Detective Inspector Roger Bailley returns to work as Robyn, all she wants is to get on with the job she loves while finally being herself. When three-year-old Ben Chivers is snatched from a shopping centre on her first day back at work, Robyn has to find Ben – and herself – as she deals with the reactions of her police colleagues, the media and her own daughter.