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Under a Silent Moon: A Novel (Briarstone #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Briarstone series.

Staff Reviews

Early one fall morning in a sleepy English village, two women are found dead; one clearly murdered, one an apparent suicide. So begins DCI Louisa Smith’s first major investigation, a case filled with questionable motives, small town lies, and family secrets. Mixing witness statements and police documents into the narrative, Haynes builds tension along with Louisa’s evidence, culminating in a taut finale. Haynes pulls elements from her previous psychological thrillers into this well written police procedural, making it a fully satisfying mystery with an intelligent, realistic heroine. Rumor is this is the first in a series, and I’ll certainly be on the lookout for a second book!

— Flannery

A fascinating British police procedural that sheds a lot of light on the job of intelligence analyst. Haynes add reports, emails, and paperwork into the narrative flow and you really get a sense of how an investigation unfolds. The suspenseful plot feels somewhere between a Sara Paretsky novel and an episode of Luther with a little bit of Kathy Reichs thrown in. It's not as emotionally vivid as Into the Darkest Corner, but the protagonist is just as compelling, the villainy just as realistic, and the plot just as page-turning.

— Nici


P. D. James meets E. L. James in Under a Silent Moon, this first novel in an exciting British crime series—a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith—from suspense talent Elizabeth Haynes, author of the bestselling Into the Darkest Corner.

In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman’s body inside was found at the bottom of the pit.

As DI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths—a bond that sealed their terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.

In Under a Silent Moon, Elizabeth Haynes interweaves fictional primary source materials—police reports, phone messages, interviews—and multiple character viewpoints to create a sexy, edgy, and compulsively readable tale of murder, mystery, and unsettling suspense. 

About the Author

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner, Dark Tide, Human Remains, and, most recently, Under a Silent Moon, the first installment of the Briarstone crime series.

Praise For…

“Haynes has written romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers, but Under a Silent Moon is her first police procedural and it’s quite a departure from anything she’s done before….Should give puzzle fiends plenty to chew on.”
New York Times Book Review

“If there’s anything Haynes excels at, it’s addictive, tension-filled reading.”

“Perfect for fans of police procedurals and British mysteries.”
Library Journal

“Haynes debuts a promising procedural series featuring a strong lead character who could just become a genre stalwart.”

“You’ll want to stay up all night reading Under a Silent Moon. Best-selling author Elizabeth Haynes assembles a cast of memorable characters in this gripping murder mystery that combines police procedure with romantic desire.”
National Examiner

“The first in a series of police procedural mysteries that undoubtedly will significantly increase her readership while retraining those who have been with her from the beginning….It’s as impressive a book, in any genre, as you will read this year….And the ending will leave you breathless.”

“[A] gripping page-turner.”
Crimespree Magazine

“Like your novels racy? If so, this one will fit the bill….A strong opening to what promises to be a strong series.”
New York Journal of Books

“This is an edgy, suspenseful story that will keep you up late at night, but make sure your doors are locked.”
Suspense Magazine

“Haynes deftly weaves together the instructional style of most police procedurals with a taut, suspenseful mystery. It’s a captivating tale of jealousy, madness and murder that readers won’t be able to put down.”
Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4.5 stars

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062276025
ISBN-10: 0062276026
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Briarstone
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