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Merilyn Davies

  • Publication date: August 2019
  • Country: GB
  • 289 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character, Maternity, Looking back on one's life, Death, Resilience, Double identity, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Diversity, Commitment, Sex


Carla Brown is a civilian crime analyst in Oxford. She works alongside a cool lesbian detective called Nell and they are a formidable team. In their first case, they deal with a murdered baby and a dark secret from the past, in their second, they tackle religious homophobia that leads to two murders.


Book #2 to be published in March 2021

It's dark but very commercial and gripping with a strong cast of characters and plenty of action. Carla is a strong enough lead and it’s an unusual angle on a crime, using a civilian analyst. She’s also young and not overly confident, which makes her appealing. Nell is fairly well drawn as a carefree lesbian hopping from one woman’s bed to another. She’s very human, very flawed, and often misjudges situations.

Compared to Claire Mackintosh I LET YOU GO or Clare Askew's ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS. It feels like a tv series in the 'Unforgotten' mold.

Merilyn Davies is a former Crime Analyst for the Metropolitan Police and she is married to a serving officer with the Met. She was co-founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival and now works for Oxford City Council.



The police have been called to an address in Oxford, after a baby was found dead in her cot. Nell, the investigating officer, assumes SIDS, but Eve, the pathologist, is confident it’s murder. The next day the father, Connor O’Brian, disappears. The mother, Kelly-Anne, admits she saw him kill her daughter, before O’Brian is found murdered. Eve shows Nell a letter she’s received from someone called Mary, referencing an old case, where Eve gave evidence against Joanne Fowler, a mother whose child had died, calling it murder. After two years in prison, Joanne’s verdict was overturned. Nell tries not to be influenced by the letter or Eve’s past.
Civilian analyst Carla Brown, 27, is instrumental in helping the team to identify a connection via phone numbers and Connor’s involvement in a previous case. Carla is a good friend of Eve’s and helps to come to terms with the fact that she is actually Mary, having written the letters to herself after a mental collapse...

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