It was the first time my mum had left me on my own. Five days of glorious freedom stretched in front of me. “Enjoy yourself,” I shouted, waving her off. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine!” I danced back into the house, whooping with delight. And half an hour after she’d gone, I was plunged into the worst experience of my life.
Shaun Parker is a suspect in a murder at a lonely cottage near his house – only Caroline, his girlfriend, believes in his innocence. Can they find the real murderer before the police charge Shaun?
‘Berlie Doherty writes both for adults and children, moving easily across the divide.’ — the Guardian
‘What a marvellous writer… one who uses language as if it has been newly invented.' — Junior Bookshelf
Berlie Doherty has written more than fifty books for children and young adults, many of which have been adapted for television, radio and stage. Berlie Doherty has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award, for her dramatisation of Dear Nobody and for Daughter of the Sea. She has also been short listed for the Swedish Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Her children’s concert opera, The Magician’s Cat, is being toured by the Welsh National Opera. She lives in the Peak District, Derbyshire, the setting for A Beautiful Murder.