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The page-turning debut from the pen of UK crime fiction writer SP Edwards. Today is Anna Markham’s wedding day. But her body has just been found, dumped in the grounds of the very house in which she was supposed to tie the knot. It’s down to DI Steven Marr – a man playing fast and loose with his own marriage – to find out who murdered her. And there’s no telling ho The page-turning debut from the pen of UK crime fiction writer SP Edwards. Today is Anna Markham’s wedding day. But her body has just been found, dumped in the grounds of the very house in which she was supposed to tie the knot. It’s down to DI Steven Marr – a man playing fast and loose with his own marriage – to find out who murdered her. And there’s no telling how far the killer will go to protect themselves… About the Author Shaun Edwards has always had an interest in the darker side of human nature. As a result, he spent most of his late teens nicking UK crime thriller books from his mum's bookcase. Have devoured pretty much everything by Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin, John Harvey and John Connolly, he decided to start writing his own stuff. Ten years later, he pulled his finger out and actually did it. 'Til Death is the combination of coffee, and a deep love for Banks, Rebus, Resnick, Thorne and Charlie Parker. Besides writing and reading whodunnit mysteries, crime fiction and thrillers, Shaun’s other loves include noodling around on the guitar, going for long walks, eating too much pizza and laughing at pictures of pugs. He lives with his partner and a really sneaky gerbil in deepest, darkest Suffolk, UK.


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The page-turning debut from the pen of UK crime fiction writer SP Edwards. Today is Anna Markham’s wedding day. But her body has just been found, dumped in the grounds of the very house in which she was supposed to tie the knot. It’s down to DI Steven Marr – a man playing fast and loose with his own marriage – to find out who murdered her. And there’s no telling ho The page-turning debut from the pen of UK crime fiction writer SP Edwards. Today is Anna Markham’s wedding day. But her body has just been found, dumped in the grounds of the very house in which she was supposed to tie the knot. It’s down to DI Steven Marr – a man playing fast and loose with his own marriage – to find out who murdered her. And there’s no telling how far the killer will go to protect themselves… About the Author Shaun Edwards has always had an interest in the darker side of human nature. As a result, he spent most of his late teens nicking UK crime thriller books from his mum's bookcase. Have devoured pretty much everything by Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin, John Harvey and John Connolly, he decided to start writing his own stuff. Ten years later, he pulled his finger out and actually did it. 'Til Death is the combination of coffee, and a deep love for Banks, Rebus, Resnick, Thorne and Charlie Parker. Besides writing and reading whodunnit mysteries, crime fiction and thrillers, Shaun’s other loves include noodling around on the guitar, going for long walks, eating too much pizza and laughing at pictures of pugs. He lives with his partner and a really sneaky gerbil in deepest, darkest Suffolk, UK.

30 review for 'Til Death (DI Steven Marr Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "A missed opportunity" A decent first police procedural mystery, which was spoilt by two elements for me. Too many typos; as many others have remarked upon and too much emphasis on the relationships of the police officers. Either go for the family drama genre or the crime thriller; otherwise you end up in no-man's land. "A missed opportunity" A decent first police procedural mystery, which was spoilt by two elements for me. Too many typos; as many others have remarked upon and too much emphasis on the relationships of the police officers. Either go for the family drama genre or the crime thriller; otherwise you end up in no-man's land.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Montgomery

    Good start to the book, was quite a page turner. Later I found the middle to have a bit of unnecessary filler in it whilst waiting to discover who the killer was. Had an underwhelming ending.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Antigone Walsh

    A young woman is murdered on the eve of her wedding? Who dunnit? The prospective groom? The jealous best friend? The fat friend who always loved her? Or someone else? DI Stephen Marr must find out. Unfortunately, he is also juggling an affair with a colleague, something that might destroy his marriage if not his career. This predictable procedure is as dull as dishwater. I didn't care for any of the characters. They were one dimensional and not believable. The finale was just silly. The affair wa A young woman is murdered on the eve of her wedding? Who dunnit? The prospective groom? The jealous best friend? The fat friend who always loved her? Or someone else? DI Stephen Marr must find out. Unfortunately, he is also juggling an affair with a colleague, something that might destroy his marriage if not his career. This predictable procedure is as dull as dishwater. I didn't care for any of the characters. They were one dimensional and not believable. The finale was just silly. The affair was just dumb. And it made no sense that Marr would name his child after a crazy adulteress.Not the best.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann Phillips Wendt

    Sex, sex, and more sex. These people are so busy with their personal lives that it's a wonder this mystery got solved. It's not as bad as detailed porn, but just unpleasant for this reader. If you like clean suspense, don't bother with this book. Sex, sex, and more sex. These people are so busy with their personal lives that it's a wonder this mystery got solved. It's not as bad as detailed porn, but just unpleasant for this reader. If you like clean suspense, don't bother with this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    Why oh why oh why does somebody go to the trouble and take the time to write what seems to be a terrific story and then NOT have it edited or proofread ?? Why would you do that ? I fail to understand this phenomenon at all and yet see it again and again and again. It seems as if e-books (and their readers) are afforded no courtesy in the least and any old tripe will be put out there for us. It makes me so mad. This author has true promise as well. I was enjoying the characters and the story but t Why oh why oh why does somebody go to the trouble and take the time to write what seems to be a terrific story and then NOT have it edited or proofread ?? Why would you do that ? I fail to understand this phenomenon at all and yet see it again and again and again. It seems as if e-books (and their readers) are afforded no courtesy in the least and any old tripe will be put out there for us. It makes me so mad. This author has true promise as well. I was enjoying the characters and the story but the mistakes are just way too distracting and all enjoyment was lost. Here we go with a litany of disaster-it commences with "Caroline's is Anna's best friend", he persistently writes about Greg calling him the fiancee as opposed to fiance-got it wrong every time up to where I gave up at 15%, he randomly used capital letters for Death and He, lost a in "....been pretty comfortable achievement", writes just could instead of could just and finally, on the last page I chose to read we had THREE mistakes.....ex-girlfriend's in place of ex-girlfriends' and two fullstops missing at the end of sentences !! I was totally baffled by Steven talking about Lizzie and his smoking. That passage made no sense and I read it back a few times and even out loud.....still made no sense. Such a waste of his own time and mine. I really wanted to read it, too. If ever he bothers getting it properly edited I'll try it again. So why 2 stars and not 1 ? Because it really does hold promise, I reckon there's a gem hiding behind all these bloody errors....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Glad I found a new author to read So enjoyed this Detective Marr encounter solving murders. I found this character created by Mr Edwards down to earth and exciting at the same time. He got my emotions going with his family saga in the mix. Looking forward to reading other books by SJ Stevens. Great cc to add another good author to my bookshelf

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    The Kindle download I have read must be an updated one - it certainly has a chilling new cover. I have read other reviews saying that there were many typos, bad typesetting and the need of a good edit. I found none of those things needed in this edition and my review reflects as much. This was a new author for me and the novel was such a captivating read that I put other books down to read it. A psychological crime mystery, it featured the initial investigation along with added back story concern The Kindle download I have read must be an updated one - it certainly has a chilling new cover. I have read other reviews saying that there were many typos, bad typesetting and the need of a good edit. I found none of those things needed in this edition and my review reflects as much. This was a new author for me and the novel was such a captivating read that I put other books down to read it. A psychological crime mystery, it featured the initial investigation along with added back story concerning the personal relationships of the lead investigator, DI Marr. A stunning little half twist at the end ensured that I want to go on to read more of this author's series and I have added myself to his reader's list. An enjoyable, highly recommended read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Belinda Bentley

    Great expectations I love crime fiction but usually read them out of order. As the first book of a series i had no preconceptions about the author or the main character as i would have with book series read out of order. For me personally though i didnt enjoy the book. Its an ok read but not interesting enough to make me want to search out other books in the series or by the author. Unfair you might think but book 1 in a series should grab your attention and make you excited to find out more abou Great expectations I love crime fiction but usually read them out of order. As the first book of a series i had no preconceptions about the author or the main character as i would have with book series read out of order. For me personally though i didnt enjoy the book. Its an ok read but not interesting enough to make me want to search out other books in the series or by the author. Unfair you might think but book 1 in a series should grab your attention and make you excited to find out more about the main character and want to see how he handles the next big case. This didnt do that for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula Corregan

    Good mystery! This was an engaging mystery. It had a good plot , and well developed characters. The one complaint I have to make though, is the overabundance of the f word in the story. I of course have heard the word before as I am sure most people have. But that doesn't mean that I agree with it being a big part of the characters' vocabularies in the book. I think other words would work as well to get the characters' thoughts across. I still recommend this book to other mystery readers. Good mystery! This was an engaging mystery. It had a good plot , and well developed characters. The one complaint I have to make though, is the overabundance of the f word in the story. I of course have heard the word before as I am sure most people have. But that doesn't mean that I agree with it being a big part of the characters' vocabularies in the book. I think other words would work as well to get the characters' thoughts across. I still recommend this book to other mystery readers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I was engaged with this story, mostly, but I found a couple of things most odd. Becky blabs to the wife about Marr’s affair but it’s ok with him and they happily work together the following day! I don’t think so! All the talk about how Greg really loved Anna while shagging her best friend for years. Seriously? With a little more sophistication and a good editor we may have the makings of a good series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anita Hargreaves

    Fantastic book British detective at its best. A DI is having an affair with his colleague and is dealing of a case of a bride to be, murdered at her reception place. The fiance life parallels the DI with regards to his personal life. At the end of this book you can claim part 2 for free. Well written and gripping x

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen J Shields

    Love UK mysteries!! This is a new author and a new DI. Glad to see there are more to read. I've got the second book already in my library. This had quite an unexpected ending. DI Marr was a very interesting and human character. The plot was tight and the pace was fast. Couldn't put it down. Love UK mysteries!! This is a new author and a new DI. Glad to see there are more to read. I've got the second book already in my library. This had quite an unexpected ending. DI Marr was a very interesting and human character. The plot was tight and the pace was fast. Couldn't put it down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Don Dowling

    Readable but no surprises. Light reading with predictable ending. Characters have their flaws and are like many you find in a daytime soap but with added sex, violence and occasional expletive.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

    Edwards made the characters real and you could feel the emotions they were all going through. It was very believable how everyone interacted and had their own agendas. Carry on writing Mr Edwards you do a fine job

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Walker

    Interesting plot with twists I enjoyed the mystery of this thriller, with aspects of the characters personalities being revealed slowly throughout the book and several twists & turns.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mr Christopher D salkeld

    Good,gripping read The twists and turns were really good. Not too many characters so as too get confused as to who was who. But please, please don't use the "f" word so much. It was in every other sentence. I was really sick of it. Would have given 5 stars otherwise Good,gripping read The twists and turns were really good. Not too many characters so as too get confused as to who was who. But please, please don't use the "f" word so much. It was in every other sentence. I was really sick of it. Would have given 5 stars otherwise

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good read Good story from start to finish. Characters were well-written. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Vannoy

    Mystery To The End I really enjoy took I can't guess the killer. The story gave a lot of suspects to consider. The back story was interesting a well. Mystery To The End I really enjoy took I can't guess the killer. The story gave a lot of suspects to consider. The back story was interesting a well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Lawson

    Awesome Read Absolutely Loved this Book I'm so Glad there are lots more I. The Series to Read Can't Wait to start Number 2 :) Awesome Read Absolutely Loved this Book I'm so Glad there are lots more I. The Series to Read Can't Wait to start Number 2 :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Alden

    Good Read Intriguing and hard to put down. I found myself spending my work breaks and lunches reading this book. I’d recommend it to anyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen Fonteboa

    Very good - enjoyed it. Read it in one day - surprise ending- interesting characters - looking forward to read more of his books in the future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pat Welte

    I liked this book and most of the characters in spite of their flaws. There is heartbreak, murder, betrayal. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. I liked this book and most of the characters in spite of their flaws. There is heartbreak, murder, betrayal. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be the last.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trish Davis

    Very enjoyable read. Will try the next one now.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    Not bad I quite liked the plot in this part of the book. I would have liked more detailed information of the surroundings. Characters where interesting also lacked a bit on details how they looked like. I found the end a bit rushed, no information what happened to all the characters who were involved in this case only that Thomas has got his time in prison. It would have been nice to get some info regarding the trail at court. That the charges has been dropped for Greg no insight at all. Instead Not bad I quite liked the plot in this part of the book. I would have liked more detailed information of the surroundings. Characters where interesting also lacked a bit on details how they looked like. I found the end a bit rushed, no information what happened to all the characters who were involved in this case only that Thomas has got his time in prison. It would have been nice to get some info regarding the trail at court. That the charges has been dropped for Greg no insight at all. Instead you get a epilogue with information that gives you information what happened at last nine months later, Liz's given birth to her child and Steve is out with their child. A bit unfair because you have no clue what has happened in the relationship with them. Also I was wondering in some part that Greg mentioned to Thomas, when he visited him, he said his son, there was no info that Anna has been pregnant? So many open question and no finished story.....where is the rest on this story? So a bit disappointed about that. I wanted to sign up for the second book in third series, you can get it for free, but somehow the website is still not available over two weeks now. pity.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Knox

    Brilliant Absolutely loved this story characters and plot had me hooked and I enjoyed the way the writer got you thinking who done it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joanna strickson

    Brilliant Great book good twist at the end keeps you thinking all the way through who could have done it brilliant

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janet Rodgers

    Recommended Gripping well written book which I enjoyed very much indeed. I will most definitely read more of this authors books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Helen Helm

    Usual tormented DI The reason I gave such a low rating was the detective was, the usual leg over, don't think it's wrong. Unless of cause it is in good looking suspect. The plot was really lame, and the reading age about seven. It seemed quicker to read than download. Prime is great as you can test the water with no sting in the pocket if you think of is a did, you can't car boot Kindle books. Usual tormented DI The reason I gave such a low rating was the detective was, the usual leg over, don't think it's wrong. Unless of cause it is in good looking suspect. The plot was really lame, and the reading age about seven. It seemed quicker to read than download. Prime is great as you can test the water with no sting in the pocket if you think of is a did, you can't car boot Kindle books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I really enjoyed the author's style in this novel. It's crisp and believable, but two things happened that stopped me reading further -both of which are personal preferences and should not be considered as a criticism of the work as a whole. Had I not had such a personal dislike of these, then this was heading for a solid 4 stars. My reasons? (view spoiler)[ I have a dislike for female detectives - no idea why, but I have rarely found one I really enjoy reading. And although this is apparently I really enjoyed the author's style in this novel. It's crisp and believable, but two things happened that stopped me reading further -both of which are personal preferences and should not be considered as a criticism of the work as a whole. Had I not had such a personal dislike of these, then this was heading for a solid 4 stars. My reasons? (view spoiler)[ I have a dislike for female detectives - no idea why, but I have rarely found one I really enjoy reading. And although this is apparently a novel about Steven Marr, chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6 seemed to be more about DI Samantha Reid and I lost interest. Then chapter 7 starts with Steven Marr (who is married) having an affair with said Samantha Reid. That's a definite no-no for me. I dnf'd at this point. (hide spoiler)] As I said - those are my personal 'squicks' and should not reflect on the writing itself. Having said that, there were several ??? moments where careful editing should have picked up errors. Not rating.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie Hillman

    A very emotive story of love, lust and murder This tale delves deeply in to the human psyche. Good versus evil. Right versus wrong. DI Marr is only human and makes mistakes in his life and his marriage but when it comes to solving crimes he delves until the details and the culprit are out. A very well written story that makes you view your own morals and emotions. Definitely worth the five stars.

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