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July 23, 2015




The Missing

Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the  heart of the community where police office Helen Weeks grew up, and which she long escaped.  But this is place full of secrets, where dangerous truth lie buried.

The Accused

When it’s splashed all over the press that the family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bate’s wife an old school friend of Helen’s who is living under siege with two teenage children and convinced of her husband innocence.

The Dead

As residents and media bay for Bate’s blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe that they have their murder in custody, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk and a merciless killer.

TIME OF DEATH published 23rd April 2015

TIME OF DEATH is currently being adapted into a BBC series, along with Mark Billingham’s IN THE DARK published 2008 BBC Drama North is adapting both books, filming begins early next year and both series will launch in autumn 2016.


I have read many of Mark Billingham books, he such a genius at ramping up the tension right until the very end. I am so pleased that the Time Of Death is currently being adapted into a BBC series.
In the page-turning Time Of Death, two schoolgirls are abducted in Warwickshire town of Polesford.  Forty-three -year-old Stephen Bates a local man is questioned in connection with the abduction of Poppy Johnson and the disappearance of Jessica Toms.
This novel will bug you to the end until you have all the answers. As you read chapter after chapter you will keep asking your self again and again who do you believe.
Time Of Death I extremely recommend to every reader it is a must read, must buy.



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