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Remain Silent: A Manon Bradshaw Novel (original 2020; edition 2021)

by Susie Steiner (Author)

Series: Manon Bradshaw (3)

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"Newly married and navigating life with a toddler as well as her adopted adolescent son, Fly Dent, Manon Bradshaw is happy to be working part-time in the cold cases department of the Cambridgeshire police force, a job which allows her to "potter in, coffee in hand and log on for a spot of internet shopping--precisely what she had in mind when she thought of work-life balance." But beneath the surface Manon is struggling with the day-to-day realities of what she assumed would be domestic bliss: fights about whose turn it is to clean the kitchen, the bewildering fatigue of having a young child in her forties, and the fact that she is going to couple's counseling alone because her husband feels it would just be her complaining. But when Manon is on a walk with her two-year-old son, Teddy, in a peaceful suburban neighborhood and discovers the body of a Lithuanian immigrant hanging from a tree with a mysterious note attached, she knows her life is about to change. She is suddenly back on the job, full-force, trying to solve the suicide - or is it a murder - in what may be her most dangerous and demanding case yet"--… (more)
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Title:Remain Silent: A Manon Bradshaw Novel
Authors:Susie Steiner (Author)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2021), 320 pages
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Remain Silent by Susie Steiner (2020)

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In Susie Steiner’s third police procedural, Remain Silent, Detective Inspector Manon Bradshaw of Cambridgeshire Constabulary is back on the job after giving birth to Teddy, working cold cases instead of fresh murders. This promptly changes though when she makes a gruesome discovery. Early one morning in Hinchingbrooke Park, while out with her son, now a toddler, she stumbles across a body hanging from a tree, an apparent suicide. The dead man is a young migrant worker from Lithuania named Lukas Balsys. It turns out that little about the young man’s death is straightforward: for one thing, there’s a note attached to the body that, once translated from the Lithuanian, reads The dead cannot speak. Is this a suicide, or not? A staffing crunch means Manon is seconded to the investigation, teaming up with her old partner: earnest, by-the-book DI Davy Walker. As usual with Manon Bradshaw, she plunges headlong into the case, ends up juggling several balls at once, none entirely successfully, and her abrasive people skills get up the nose of her superiors. Her home life is messy, Teddy is a handful, and in the midst of everything her partner Mark suffers a health crisis and ends up in hospital. Thank the lord for her adopted teenage son Fly, who, with his calm willingness to pitch in, sometimes seems like the only adult in the room. The Balsys case links to an investigation into migrant exploitation focused in Wisbech, a small market town where anti-immigrant sentiments are running high and threats of violence against newcomers are common. The police pick up clues here and there, seemingly making headway, but the case is multi-faceted, little is obvious, and the perpetrators are smart and ruthless. Steiner’s novel features multiple narrators and plot threads aplenty. Manon remains the same shrewd and observant but unfiltered, bull-in-a-china-shop investigator that made such a strong impression on readers in the first two novels in the series. Human and achingly flawed, she’s still speaking her mind, still besieged by myriad responsibilities, still attracted to comfort food and clashing with the dreaded work-life balance. The backstory—the how and why of Lukas Balsys’s journey to England—is fleshed out over several chapters that probably could have been shorter. But Remain Silent is still a worthy addition to the series: a suspenseful, timely, thoroughly entertaining novel that uses Europe’s immigration crisis as a backdrop to a poignant story of human desperation and sacrifice. ( )
  icolford | Jul 2, 2022 |
I found the mystery interesting, and the book easy to breeze through. Parts were quite sobering, and others were humorous, so it was a nice mix, like life. ( )
  JorgeousJotts | Mar 6, 2022 |
This was a tough read - set against the background of trafficked illegal workers, and the hatred the locals feel for them. Lots of brutality, violence, and menace. Eastern European illegal worker is found hanged, with a note suggesting it was murder. That seems likely, given that local yobs are demonstrating against the EEs who are stealing their jobs (the ones they won't take). Manon and Davy investigate the crime, and as in the previous books, there's a lot about their outside of work lives. Manon is exhausted and wondering if her relationship with Mark is worth keeping; Davy is flirting with another officer and wondering if his life with Juliette is already settling into a boring routine. We know, from flashbacks, that the murdered man left his home in search of adventure and to escape the boring routine he sees in his future.

I liked this a lot; I was a little bit skeptical about the revelation of the crime, but that's okay. ( )
  piemouth | Aug 3, 2021 |
I really enjoy Susie Steiner's characters and the plot was excellent--with a twist too! ( )
  FDKreader | Jul 12, 2021 |
I have been a fan of Susie Steiner and Manon Bradshaw since reading the first of the three-book series. Steiner writes clear suspenseful plots and explores a variety of social themes. She is funny and perceptive about the vicissitudes of being a working mother and of sustaining relationships with lovers, children, family, friends, and co-workers. And Manon! I love Manon! She is my favorite mystery series gumshoe by far. She is so relatable in her struggles with herself, with her own ambivalence about the various “shoulds” of her life and career, her tenacity and the mirror impulse to say, oh fuck it.

I do hope there will be many more Manon Bradshaw mysteries. ( )
  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
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"Newly married and navigating life with a toddler as well as her adopted adolescent son, Fly Dent, Manon Bradshaw is happy to be working part-time in the cold cases department of the Cambridgeshire police force, a job which allows her to "potter in, coffee in hand and log on for a spot of internet shopping--precisely what she had in mind when she thought of work-life balance." But beneath the surface Manon is struggling with the day-to-day realities of what she assumed would be domestic bliss: fights about whose turn it is to clean the kitchen, the bewildering fatigue of having a young child in her forties, and the fact that she is going to couple's counseling alone because her husband feels it would just be her complaining. But when Manon is on a walk with her two-year-old son, Teddy, in a peaceful suburban neighborhood and discovers the body of a Lithuanian immigrant hanging from a tree with a mysterious note attached, she knows her life is about to change. She is suddenly back on the job, full-force, trying to solve the suicide - or is it a murder - in what may be her most dangerous and demanding case yet"--

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Newly married and navigating life with a preschooler as well as her adopted adolescent son, Manon Bradshaw is happy to be working part-time in the cold cases department of the Cambridgeshire police force, a job that allows her to potter in, coffee in hand, and log on for a spot of Internet shopping—precisely what she had in mind when she thought of work-life balance. But beneath the surface Manon is struggling with the day-to-day realities of what she’d assumed would be domestic bliss: fights about whose turn it is to clean the kitchen, the bewildering fatigue of having a young child while in her forties, and the fact that she is going to couples counseling alone because her husband feels it would just be her complaining. 

But when Manon is on a walk with her four-year-old son in a peaceful suburban neighborhood and discovers the body of a Lithuanian immigrant hanging from a tree with a mysterious note attached, she knows her life is about to change. Suddenly, she is back on the job full-force, trying to solve the suicide—or is it a murder—in what may be the most dangerous and demanding case of her life.
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