Book Four of the Utterly Crime Series

A Suffolk-based crime novel in which three apprentice carpenters find themselves caught up in a killing and a network dealing in stolen metal and scrap.

Chrissie, Nick and Matt are apprentice carpenters from a fictional Utterly Academy in Stowmarket. A man is found hanging in a reclamation yard near Bury St Edmunds when Nick collects parquet flooring blocks. Metal thefts follow, while a broken automaton arouses suspicion. The action moves from Lavenham to Woodbridge as a troubled young man broods in the wings, and a pizza delivery service and remote car wrecking yard link the rouges and innocent alike. Inspector Clive Merry features as the threads of the story intertwine.

Reviewers say …

‘Suspense and intrigue right from the first page! Kept me guessing throughout the entire story. Great interaction between the characters and good development of plot. Couldn’t put it down! – Linda’ (

‘Engaging characters and a pacy plot sweep you along through rural Suffolk. Looking forward to the three amateur sleuths next intriguing escapade – Fred & Jan’ (

‘A real page turner and gripping sequel for our intrepid trio. All the more engaging for its rural settings and intrigues. I can’t wait for their next adventure – Catherine Howse’ (