Salt Lane

Salt Lane

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
Author:William Shaw
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1786486571
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:452 pages pages

Salt Lane 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Melody
    Aug 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

  • Pat
    Jul 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

  • Pascale
    Aug 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I am thrilled that Shaw has written another fabulous mystery set on the wild coast of England, (loved his first mystery set there) this very unique land/seascape (and its birders) is as much one of his a characters as the people he has created for us. What a fine mystery writer he is.....

    Closer to a 3.5 - good but dragged on a bit. Who the killer turned out to be was pretty surprising to me - so that's something you don't always get! Got a little bit annoyed about the protagonist being referred to, throughout by her surname, seemed oddly formal and was a little bit...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Joanne
    Aug 22, 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

  • Sheryl Garratt
    Sep 12, 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I am thrilled that Shaw has written another fabulous mystery set on the wild coast of England, (loved his first mystery set there) this very unique land/seascape (and its birders) is as much one of his a characters as the people he has created for us. What a fine mystery writer he is.....

    Closer to a 3.5 - good but dragged on a bit. Who the killer turned out to be was pretty surprising to me - so that's something you don't always get! Got a little bit annoyed about the protagonist being referred to, throughout by her surname, seemed oddly formal and was a little bit...

    Unsure beginning, steady character development and pure love at the finish line. Hope to read more about detective Cupidi soon! ...

    Started reading this at 9.30 at night: finished at 2am. Literally couldn?t put it down. William Shaw is brilliant at examining social issues (here refugees and illegal migrants) and mixing his plot in with events from Britain?s political and colonial past (in this case the Greenham...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

  • J. Merwin
    Sep 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I am thrilled that Shaw has written another fabulous mystery set on the wild coast of England, (loved his first mystery set there) this very unique land/seascape (and its birders) is as much one of his a characters as the people he has created for us. What a fine mystery writer he is.....

  • Zoya
    Aug 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...

    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. ...

    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...

    4 stars Salt Lane is book #1 in the DS Alexandra Cupidi series. ?The Birdwatcher? introduced DS Cupidi but she was not the main character and the book is considered to be a prequel for this new series, so if a reader wanted to start with this book, by all means go ahead. DS Al...

    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...

    I am very angry at this book for somehow sneaking under the radar. I was a big fan of Shaw's last book, THE BIRDWATCHER, and this follow up (which appears to be the start of a new series) is a worthy successor, I'm just mad it took me so long to find out about it. (wyd Mulholland Books...

    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...

    (4.5 star) Salt Lane is the first book in the series featuring DS Alexandra Cupidi, although she has already made her appearance in William Shaw's earlier book, The Birdwatcher (which I'll make sure to get to that book in the near future). In this book, Cupidi is transferred from th...

    3.5 stars. This book shines a very dark light on the world of transient refugees and illegal migrants in Britain. An anonymous woman is found dead in a rural drainage ditch, and the murder plunges the local police force into a complicated investigation that includes fake identities, cl...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I am thrilled that Shaw has written another fabulous mystery set on the wild coast of England, (loved his first mystery set there) this very unique land/seascape (and its birders) is as much one of his a characters as the people he has created for us. What a fine mystery writer he is.....

    Closer to a 3.5 - good but dragged on a bit. Who the killer turned out to be was pretty surprising to me - so that's something you don't always get! Got a little bit annoyed about the protagonist being referred to, throughout by her surname, seemed oddly formal and was a little bit...

    Unsure beginning, steady character development and pure love at the finish line. Hope to read more about detective Cupidi soon! ...

  • Truman32
    Jul 27, 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...

    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...

    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...

    The best mystery novels stay with you in a melancholy haze long after you close the cover for the last time. Why is this? The mystery is solved and the criminals are usually dealt with. It may be because the best mysteries, the ones that really matter, shine a light on the dark circums...