Detective Inspector Matt Lockyer has been side-lined to working cold cases, following a bad decision he made in a recent investigation in order to support a friend. Lockyer isn’t too bothered though, as it gives him the chance to review some of the cases that keep him up at night and to look into his own brother’s senseless killing which still remains unsolved.
On a quiet afternoon Lockyer receives a phone call from prisoner Hedy Lambert – a woman he put inside for murder fourteen years ago. She informs him that the man she was originally accused of killing has turned up alive and well. She begs him to reopen her case.
All those years ago, Lockyer had been the one to pin down Hedy’s motive, but deep down he’d never wanted to believe she was guilty. The thought that he might have sent an innocent woman down for life doesn’t sit well with him and he agrees to reopen the investigation. But has it become too personal and is he being manipulated? Perhaps there are some cases that should just stay buried.
'Stay Buried is remarkably assured for a first crime novel . . . Webb takes the reader backwards and forwards between the past and the present, offering subplots and misdirection of all kinds, as well as some memorable characters and astute social commentary.'
'Sometimes police get the wrong man – or woman. This is [Webb's] first foray into crime fiction, and the rest of the novel is every bit as clever as her opening gambit.'
The Sunday Times
'On one level, 'Stay Buried' is a superior whodunnit... The eventual solution is elegant, complex and unexpected. On another level altogether, the book is a forensic examination of the nature of grief, guilt, and the corrosive effect of harbouring a desire for revenge. This is excellent crime fiction.'
Fullybooked12017 - book blogger
'Kate Webb's writing has that rare combination of intricate plotting and forensic characterisation. Steeped in family secrets and the plangent wilderness of Salisbury Plain, Stay Buried builds to a breathtaking climax. DI Matt Lockyer is a keeper.'
J S Monroe, bestselling author of 'Find Me'
'Clever Plotting. Beautiful writing. Characters to care about. Fantastic setting. Top class, immersive, realistic crime. More please. A triumph.'
Dinah Jefferies, Sunday Times Top Ten Bestselling author
'I absolutely loved this book and I hope that there is more to come. It twists and turns in all the right places and also discusses sensitive subjects such as suicide and mental health such as depression. I would urge anyone to read this book ASAP!'
CrazedRedhead - book blogger
'This is quality stuff: a well-written, deftly plotted whodunnit as well as a moving tale of guilt, grief, isolation and the lengths to which we will go to protect our families. More, please.'
'This brilliantly twisty, tense thriller. I love a cold case mystery and this one kept me up all night guessing!'
Cesca Major, author of 'The Silent Hours' and 'The Thin Place'
‘Intricately plotted and lyrically written, with a brooding atmosphere, compelling characters and absolute emotional authenticity . . . one that will stay with me for a long time.’
Iona Grey, author of 'Letters From the Lost'
'There's nothing like devouring a new book and then discovering it's the first in a series, with more stories to come. I loved Kate Webb's 'Stay Buried', which is as astutely observed as it's elegantly written.'
Kate Riordan, author of 'The Heatwave' and 'Summer Fever'
‘I LOVED the book! It was such a brilliantly engaging, emotionally compelling read. I loved the complex relationship between Hedy Lambert and DI Lockyer, and the twists were terrific.’
Gytha Lodge, author of 'She Lies in Wait'
‘An intriguing plot and a gloriously atmospheric setting. DI Matt Lockyer is a complicated yet hugely appealing protagonist. I’d love to read more about him!’
Elly Griffiths, bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries
‘A stunning new voice in crime fiction: glorious writing, fantastic atmosphere and such clever plotting. Kate Webb is your next must-read. More please!’
Lucy Foley, author of 'The Paris Apartment' and 'The Hunting Party'
'Kate Webb had me completely hooked with her page-turning plot, incredible characterisation, and beautiful, atmospheric writing. 'Stay Buried' is an utterly gripping story, brilliantly told. I can't wait for the next one!'
Jenny Ashcroft, bestselling Richard & Judy Bookclub author
'A wonderful addition to contemporary crime: clear, assured story-telling, insightful, engaging characters, and absolutely brilliant plotting.'
Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of the 'Vera' and 'Shetland' crime novels