THE DEVIL'S DICE (Hardback - March 2018, Paperback - Jan 2019)
Detective Inspector Meg Dalton has recently returned to her Peak District roots to pick up the pieces after a breakdown, when a man's body is discovered in a cave.
The man's initials and a figure of the Grim Reaper are carved into the cave wall behind his corpse, but bizarrely, the carvings have existed for over one hundred years.
The locals talk about a mysterious family curse that started in the times of the witch trials, and Meg finds it increasingly hard to know who to trust. Even her own mother may be implicated.
Meg finds her own life at risk as she fights to stop the murderer from killing again.
The Times said the book was 'a terrific debut' which 'teems with shivery atmosphere' and made it their crime book of the month for April 2018.
The book came out in paperback on 24th January 2019, and was one of the Sunday Times' 'Pick of the Paperbacks'.
DEAD MAN'S DAUGHTER -
Hardback & Ebook - 4th April 2019
She was racing towards the gorge. The place the locals knew as ‘Dead Girl's Drop’…
DI Meg Dalton is thrown headlong into her latest case when she finds a ten-year-old girl running barefoot through the woods in a blood-soaked nightdress. In the house nearby, the girl's father has been brutally stabbed to death.
At first Meg suspects a robbery gone tragically wrong, but something doesn’t add up. Why does the girl have no memory of what happened to her? And why has her behaviour changed so dramatically since her recent heart transplant?
The case takes a chilling turn when evidence points to the girl’s involvement in her own father’s murder. As unsettling family secrets emerge, Meg is forced to question her deepest beliefs to discover the shocking truth, before the killer strikes again…
Caz Frear, winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller said, 'With Dead Man’s Daughter, Roz Watkins raises the crime fiction bar yet again. Superbly plotted, sinister and genuinely thought-provoking, DI Meg Dalton’s second adventure centres around a truly macabre premise, made frighteningly realistic by a cast of well-rounded, believable characters and an incredibly strong sense of place - Derbyshire has never felt so cold!"
Both THE DEVIL'S DICE and DEAD MAN'S DAUGHTER will be published in the UK and in Germany.