The Cutting Room


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William Morrow & Company
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6.2 X 1.6 X 9.0 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Ashley Dyer is a writing duo based in the United Kingdom.

Margaret Murphy is a Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics' award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. Under her own name she has published nine psychological suspense and police procedural novels.

Helen Pepper is a senior lecturer in policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, forensic scientist, scene of crime officer, CSI, and crime scene manager. She has coauthored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. Her expertise is in great demand with crime writers: she is a judge for the CWA's Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Award, and is a forensic consultant on both the Vera and Shetland TV series.


"Jump on in with Lake and Carver, and make sure you have several hours blocked out in your schedule. You're going to need them once you're absorbed inside this well-constructed thriller." on The Cutting Room
"The endearing characters, a truly horrifying crime, and the forensic details makes The Cutting Room a stand out in the crowded serial killer thriller genre."--Murder and Moore on The Cutting Room
"The Cutting Room is a well-written, complex, and harrowing tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.. There's enough of Edgar Allen Poe, Peter James, and Michael Connelly in The Cutting Room to make every mystery reader's heart beat faster. Highly recommended."--Joseph Badal, Bestselling Author of the Danforth Saga, on The Cutting Room
"Readers who enjoy shows such as Criminal Minds will enjoy the look into this engrossing procedural, filled with suspense... but yet totally believeable as the detectives realize to find this demented killer, they must get inside his mind to anticipate his actions. Highly recommended."--Auntiemwrites on The Cutting Room
"The Ashley Dyer team delivers a 'skin crawling' realistic British crime drama in this latest work."--Iron Mountain Daily News on The Cutting Room
"Disturbing and wickedly entertaining."--People Magazine on The Cutting Room
"The authors weave in a number of... internationally hot topics, such as society's addiction to true crime and social media.... We can't wait."--The Big Thrill on The Cutting Room
“[T]his debut spins to a breathless conclusion. Solid suspense fiction by a knowledgeable duo.”--Booklist on Splinter in the Blood
“Refreshing...creative... If you're a fan of in-depth crime procedurals, this is hands down a book for you.”
“Another intriguing tale and a good follow up to the first story Splinter In The Blood. The characters of Lake and Carver are well-written and have good chemistry together. The story is intense with twists and turns that keep the reader engaged right up to the end.”--Red Carpet Crash
“A riveting investigation...Margaret Murphy and forensic scientist Helen Pepper...provide a grimly authentic narrative and deeply defined characters.”--Booklist on The Cutting Room
“[An] enthralling debut.... The skillfully constructed plot complements the intriguing characters, including a deliciously creepy killer who lurks in the background. Dyer is definitely a crime writer to watch.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Splinter in the Blood
“A taut and compelling thriller, as sharp as the thorns that feature in the plot.”--Ann Cleeves, Internationally Bestselling Author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland series, on Splinter in the Blood
“With complicated leads and a ruthless killer whose method is barbaric enough to be frightening without shading into the grotesque, this is a debut worthy of sequels.”--Kirkus Reviews on Splinter in The Blood
“One of the boldest, most inventive serial-killer thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs. Packed with forensic detail, anchored by a protagonist as complicated as she is compelling, this ferocious novel is perfect for fans of Jeffery Deaver and Lisa Gardner.”--A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Woman in the Window, on Splinter in the Blood
“Compelling, clever. Packed with macabre and fascinating forensic details. A stunning debut.”--Mo Hayder, bestselling author of Gone, on Splinter in the Blood
“This novel starts off with a bang of a puzzler and keeps surprising all the way through...Very nice start to a new series.”--Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine on Splinter in the Blood
“Addictive...the material is fresh enough to keep readers turning the pages. Fans of British police procedurals will be well satisfied.”--Publishers Weekly
“A well-written, complex, and harrowing tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat...Highly recommended.”--Suspense Magazine