Butterfly Grave by Anne Cassidy

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Prize-winning crime writer Anne Cassidy packs a punch in this latest volume of her gripping series The Murder Notebooks. Joshua and Rose, not related but increasingly linked through the relationship between their missing father and mother respectively, are desperate to find out what has happened to their parents. Trying to follow any clues has so far proved terrifyingly dangerous and this latest instalment is no different. When Joshua’s friend is fatally stabbed the reality of the danger they are in is clear. But will they stop asking the questions they so desperately want answered? The determination of two teenagers with no idea who they can trust is brilliantly captured in this hard hitting novel. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Butterfly Grave by Anne Cassidy

Joshua's uncle has survived a near fatal accident and Rose and Joshua drive to Newcastle to visit him, along with their friend Skeggsie. Joshua is convinced they are being followed. Can it be true, or is it just his paranoia? Rose and Joshua do not know who to trust - even Joshua's uncle has a dark past, touched by murder. And then the precious murder notebooks are stolen and it is Skeggsie who pays the price for Rose and Joshua's so-called meddling. Somebody out there really does not want Rose and Joshua to find their parents. But who? And why? A taut and pacy thriller, perfect for teens.


Cassidy has a good track record for thrillers Daily Mail

About the Author

Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award.

As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says, ‘People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in a modern liberal society which abhors the death penalty yet we soak up murder stories in print and on television. So I asked myself the question is it ever right to murder? Are there any circumstances that make murder the preferable option?’

Anne's 'Ten things I want you to know about me'

I was one of the first people in the country to have plastic surgery on the NHS. I had my ears pinned back. When I came out of the operating theatre my whole head was bandaged up and my mum said she thought I’d had brain surgery.

I went to a girl’s convent high school. My best friends were the most important people in my life. Sometimes they went off with someone else and it broke my heart. I always took them back. I had no pride.

I wore the shortest mini skirts that I could find. I also wore wigs and false eyelashes and thigh length boots. I was tacky.

My son never reads any of my books. Even though he’s a character in a lot of them. He prefers to read real life stuff about the Mafia.

My husband reads all of my books. He says he likes them but he would say that, wouldn’t he?

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304 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

7th November 2013




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