Death Under a Little Sky: A Novel (Paperback)

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Death Under a Little Sky: A Novel (Paperback)


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"Gloriously atmospheric."—Lucy Foley

“Truly excellent.”—Lee Child

“Gorgeous. . . . It has the halo of an instant classic.”—AJ Finn

 In this widely praised debut crime thriller, a high-flying detective leaves London for a fresh start in the countryside—only to find himself on familiar ground hunting for a dangerous killer.

When Jake Jackson inherits his reclusive uncle’s property in the country, the detective seizes the opportunity for a new life away from the hustle of London.

The new home in this charming rural idyll is beautiful and the surroundings are stunning. While the locals are a bit eccentric, they’re also friendly and invite the newcomer to join their annual treasure hunt.

When a young woman’s bones are discovered, Jake finds himself pulled back into the role of detective, and on the trail of a dangerous killer hiding within this most unlikely of settings.

Stig Abell believes that discovering a crime fiction series to enjoy is one of the great pleasures in life. His first novel, Death Under A Little Sky, introduced Jake Jackson and his attempt to get away from his former life in the beautiful area around Little Sky. This book is the second in the series, and Stig is absolutely delighted that there are more on the way. Away from books, he presents the breakfast show on Times Radio, a station he helped to launch in 2020. Before that he was a regular presenter on Radio 4’s Front Row and was the editor and publisher of the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London with his wife, three children and two independent-minded cats called Boo and Ninja (his children named them, obviously).

Product Details ISBN: 9780063380998
ISBN-10: 0063380994
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English

"Gloriously atmospheric." — Lucy Foley

“Tense but patient, fast but thoughtful, and twisty but substantialthis is a truly excellent debut, and I want the next installment now.” — Lee Child

“What a gorgeous read. It has the halo of an instant classic. This is a deep, searching novel, as preoccupied with human nature and ordinary evil as it is with detection." — AJ Finn, #1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“I LOVED this. I found it totally immersive, and couldn’t wait to squeeze some time from my day to return to it. The writing is very classy and the conclusion came as a surprise, which is always a treat.” — Ann Cleeves, the #1 bestselling author of Vera and Shetland

“A more than promising debut.” — The Times

“A beautifully written portrait of a burned-out cop’s new life in the countryside, where a cold case is never far away. Part romance, part cosy, 100% crime, I utterly adored it.” — Sam Holland, author of The Echo Man and The Twenty

“Superb! A pitch-perfect blend of psychological thriller and classic detective fiction, rich with smart plotting and characters so real we feel we know them. And with the keen eye of the journalist that he is, Abell gives us a compelling portrayal of life—and death—in the countryside. As for our hero, Jake Jackson, what can I say except I expect him back soon. No, I demand his return!” — Jeffery Deaver

"Mesmerizing prose . . . . Kate Atkinson fans will be in heaven." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Stylishly written by a skilled wordsmith . . . an absorbing tale.” — The Sun

“Abell’s debut is a cosy crime read with an appealing protagonist.” — The Guardian

“Abell’s new career in crime fiction is off to a promising start.” — The Daily Mirror

‘‘A joyful dive into the detective genre . . . . I was charmed and engrossed." — The Observer

“Very beautiful, without excess or indulgence . . . cleverly constructed, as if handled by a veteran, and richly but never confusingly dense." — The Spectator

“A vivid, atmospheric debut.” — Daily Mail

“A tense and twisty crime thriller.” — iNews