Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1)

Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1)

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 th A murdered migrant is the first big case for the embattled DS Alexandra Cupidi in a new series by the acclaimed a...

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Title:Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1)
Author:William Shaw
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1786486571
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Salt Lane (DS Alexandra Cupidi #1) Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Apr 25, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

  • Maine Colonial
    Jun 30, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

  • Amanda  Gee
    Apr 18, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

    I can hear your cries of horror from here. Kestrel is reviewing another mystery- time to gird your loins and read yet another scathing review. Except. EXCEPT. I really, REALLY liked Salt Lane, written by William Shaw, previously known for his mystery The Birdwatcher. When police ...

    In this well-crafted follow up to 'The Birdwatcher', William Shaw moves DS Alexandra Cupidi to centre stage. Alexandra is thrown into her first major investigation since relocating from London to the Kent coastline after an ill-judged affair with a senior officer, when the body of a ...

    Last year I read Shaw's The Bird Watcher and enjoyed it for several reasons: the bleak Dungeness setting on the Kent coast, the distinctive characters, the depth of plot. Salt Lane is also set in Dungeness and DS Alexandra Cupidi continues her struggles to balance work and home life. ...

    A thoroughly enjoyable read, having read The Birdwatcher I had high hopes for Salt Lane and I wasn't disappointed. Alex Cupidi is an intriguing character and her complex personal life adds to the story. Alex transfers from the Met in London to the Kent police force after an affair with...

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 02, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

    I can hear your cries of horror from here. Kestrel is reviewing another mystery- time to gird your loins and read yet another scathing review. Except. EXCEPT. I really, REALLY liked Salt Lane, written by William Shaw, previously known for his mystery The Birdwatcher. When police ...

  • Lainy
    Apr 14, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Jan 15, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

  • Richard
    May 03, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

  • Brenda
    Jul 02, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

  • Eleanor
    Apr 19, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

  • Kath
    Apr 09, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

  • Susan
    Apr 13, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

  • Raven
    Jun 19, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

  • Jen
    Jun 23, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

    I can hear your cries of horror from here. Kestrel is reviewing another mystery- time to gird your loins and read yet another scathing review. Except. EXCEPT. I really, REALLY liked Salt Lane, written by William Shaw, previously known for his mystery The Birdwatcher. When police ...

    In this well-crafted follow up to 'The Birdwatcher', William Shaw moves DS Alexandra Cupidi to centre stage. Alexandra is thrown into her first major investigation since relocating from London to the Kent coastline after an ill-judged affair with a senior officer, when the body of a ...

    Last year I read Shaw's The Bird Watcher and enjoyed it for several reasons: the bleak Dungeness setting on the Kent coast, the distinctive characters, the depth of plot. Salt Lane is also set in Dungeness and DS Alexandra Cupidi continues her struggles to balance work and home life. ...

  • Linda
    Jul 13, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

  • Christine
    May 09, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

  • Mrtruscott
    May 18, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Nov 26, 2017

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Victoria Goldman
    May 13, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

  • Carole Gourlay
    Apr 16, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

    I can hear your cries of horror from here. Kestrel is reviewing another mystery- time to gird your loins and read yet another scathing review. Except. EXCEPT. I really, REALLY liked Salt Lane, written by William Shaw, previously known for his mystery The Birdwatcher. When police ...

    In this well-crafted follow up to 'The Birdwatcher', William Shaw moves DS Alexandra Cupidi to centre stage. Alexandra is thrown into her first major investigation since relocating from London to the Kent coastline after an ill-judged affair with a senior officer, when the body of a ...

    Last year I read Shaw's The Bird Watcher and enjoyed it for several reasons: the bleak Dungeness setting on the Kent coast, the distinctive characters, the depth of plot. Salt Lane is also set in Dungeness and DS Alexandra Cupidi continues her struggles to balance work and home life. ...

    A thoroughly enjoyable read, having read The Birdwatcher I had high hopes for Salt Lane and I wasn't disappointed. Alex Cupidi is an intriguing character and her complex personal life adds to the story. Alex transfers from the Met in London to the Kent police force after an affair with...

    I've been reading a lot of crime lately (possibly a little bit odd for a children's bookseller but it's nice to change it up a bit!) I really liked this one - Shaw creates some interesting characters and leaves several unanswered questions that I expect will be addressed more in the la...

    I loved this and the prequel to this series, ?The Birdwatcher?. Intelligent writing, great story, believable characters and relationships. The landscape described (the Kent marshes) is an important backdrop and beautifully evoked; I found the relationship between the central charac...

    I must say, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just loved the dysfunctional family of Alex?s and the scenery and all the bird and wildlife, I think the author is a birdwatcher himself. The story is a sad one, but very well written, and I had to keep reading to find out who was behind it...

  • Sandy
    Apr 01, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

  • Thebooktrail
    Jan 15, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

  • James
    May 03, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

  • Thelastwordreview
    Apr 29, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

  • Paromjit
    Apr 10, 2018

    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-immig...

  • Sophie
    May 23, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

    I can hear your cries of horror from here. Kestrel is reviewing another mystery- time to gird your loins and read yet another scathing review. Except. EXCEPT. I really, REALLY liked Salt Lane, written by William Shaw, previously known for his mystery The Birdwatcher. When police ...

    In this well-crafted follow up to 'The Birdwatcher', William Shaw moves DS Alexandra Cupidi to centre stage. Alexandra is thrown into her first major investigation since relocating from London to the Kent coastline after an ill-judged affair with a senior officer, when the body of a ...

    Last year I read Shaw's The Bird Watcher and enjoyed it for several reasons: the bleak Dungeness setting on the Kent coast, the distinctive characters, the depth of plot. Salt Lane is also set in Dungeness and DS Alexandra Cupidi continues her struggles to balance work and home life. ...

    A thoroughly enjoyable read, having read The Birdwatcher I had high hopes for Salt Lane and I wasn't disappointed. Alex Cupidi is an intriguing character and her complex personal life adds to the story. Alex transfers from the Met in London to the Kent police force after an affair with...

    I've been reading a lot of crime lately (possibly a little bit odd for a children's bookseller but it's nice to change it up a bit!) I really liked this one - Shaw creates some interesting characters and leaves several unanswered questions that I expect will be addressed more in the la...

    I loved this and the prequel to this series, ?The Birdwatcher?. Intelligent writing, great story, believable characters and relationships. The landscape described (the Kent marshes) is an important backdrop and beautifully evoked; I found the relationship between the central charac...

  • Elaine Tomasso
    Apr 18, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

  • Laura
    May 08, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

    I can hear your cries of horror from here. Kestrel is reviewing another mystery- time to gird your loins and read yet another scathing review. Except. EXCEPT. I really, REALLY liked Salt Lane, written by William Shaw, previously known for his mystery The Birdwatcher. When police ...

    In this well-crafted follow up to 'The Birdwatcher', William Shaw moves DS Alexandra Cupidi to centre stage. Alexandra is thrown into her first major investigation since relocating from London to the Kent coastline after an ill-judged affair with a senior officer, when the body of a ...

    Last year I read Shaw's The Bird Watcher and enjoyed it for several reasons: the bleak Dungeness setting on the Kent coast, the distinctive characters, the depth of plot. Salt Lane is also set in Dungeness and DS Alexandra Cupidi continues her struggles to balance work and home life. ...

    A thoroughly enjoyable read, having read The Birdwatcher I had high hopes for Salt Lane and I wasn't disappointed. Alex Cupidi is an intriguing character and her complex personal life adds to the story. Alex transfers from the Met in London to the Kent police force after an affair with...

    I've been reading a lot of crime lately (possibly a little bit odd for a children's bookseller but it's nice to change it up a bit!) I really liked this one - Shaw creates some interesting characters and leaves several unanswered questions that I expect will be addressed more in the la...

  • Roman Clodia
    Mar 14, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

  • Christen Moore
    Jun 24, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

  • jeff popple
    May 29, 2018

    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-immig...

    3.5 stars One 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. Al...

    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 ZoŽ have now lived in the Dungeness area for a year. William Shaw's descr...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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, an...

    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...

    3.5 stars After 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 p...

    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 Bird...

    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 rela...

    Visit the locations in the novel here A 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 an...

    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 i...

    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. Wh...

    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...

    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 400 Publisher - Quercus books Source - Review copy Blurb 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 Birdwatcher No-one knew their nam...

    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 plotte...

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Picked it up as a ?palate cleanser/random change of pace.? I must say, the surfeit of British binge-able shows has everyone in my household talking with British accents, a la Madonna. So another Brit detective story....a male author take...

    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 t...

    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...

    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, i...

    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 aroun...

    If you have been following my reviews for the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed that I have read and reviewed many books this year with strong female lead characters. Just when I thought the trend may have come to an end, I came upon DS Alex Cupidi. With her hard exterior but...

    This is book one of the Alex Cupidi series although she does feature in another book, The Birdwatcher, which could be considered a prequel. It is not necessary to have read that book before starting this one as the salient points are all covered nicely here but as it is a cracking read...

    I can hear your cries of horror from here. Kestrel is reviewing another mystery- time to gird your loins and read yet another scathing review. Except. EXCEPT. I really, REALLY liked Salt Lane, written by William Shaw, previously known for his mystery The Birdwatcher. When police ...

    In this well-crafted follow up to 'The Birdwatcher', William Shaw moves DS Alexandra Cupidi to centre stage. Alexandra is thrown into her first major investigation since relocating from London to the Kent coastline after an ill-judged affair with a senior officer, when the body of a ...