Jonas Holly/Exmoor Trilogy Books In Publication Order
- Blacklands (2009)
- Darkside (2010)
- Finders Keepers (2012)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Rubbernecker (2013)
- The Facts of Life and Death (2014)
- The Shut Eye (2015)
- The Beautiful Dead (2016)
- Snap (2018)
- Exit (2021)
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Belinda Bauer Books Overview
EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, Billy Peters disappeared. Everyone in town believes Billy was murdered-after all, serial killer Arnold Avery later admitted killing six other children and burying them on the same desolate moor that surrounds their small English village. Only Billy’s mother is convinced he is alive. She still stands lonely guard at the front window of her home, waiting for her son to return, while her remaining family fragments around her.
But her twelve-year-old grandson Steven is determined to heal the cracks that gape between his nan, his mother, his brother, and himself. Steven desperately wants to bring his family closure, and if that means personally finding his uncle’s corpse, he’ll do it.
Spending his spare time digging holes all over the moor in the hope of turning up a body is a long shot, but at least it gives his life purpose.
Then at school, when the lesson turns to letter writing, Steven has a flash of inspiration…
Careful to hide his identity, he secretly pens a letter to Avery in jail asking for help in finding the body of ‘W.P.’-William ‘Billy’ Peters.
So begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.
Just as Steven tries to use Avery to pinpoint the gravesite, so Avery misdirects and teases his mysterious correspondent in order to relive his heinous crimes. And when Avery finally realizes that the letters he’s receiving are from a twelve-year-old boy, suddenly his life has purpose too.
Although his is far more dangerous…
Blacklands is a taut and chillingly brilliant debut that signals the arrival of a bright new voice in psychological suspense.
In bleak midwinter, the people of Shipcott are shocked by the murder of an elderly woman in her bed. As snow cuts off the village, local policeman Jonas Holly is torn between catching a brutal killer and protecting his vulnerable wife, Lucy.
When the inquiry is commandeered by an abrasive senior detective, Jonas finds himself derided by his colleagues and ashamed to admit to Lucy that he’s been sidelined. It seems his first murder investigation may be over before it’s begun. But when he receives a series of increasingly sinister anonymous notes, Jonas is thrust back into the center of the case. Someone in the village is taunting him, blaming him for the tragedy. Someone thinks he’s not doing his job; someone seems to know every move he makes. And soon Jonas has to ask: Who’s hunting who?