William Shaw is an English journalist and author. He is perhaps best known for his breakout novel, The Birdwatcher. His book Salt Lane has been optioned for TV. He is also known for the DS Breen and WPC Tozer series which is set in 1960s London.

Shaw got his start in writing as an editor of the post-punk magazine ZigZag, but later went on to write for such publications as the New York Times and The Observer. He was also named Amazon UK Music Journalist of the Year in 2003.

Publication Order of DS Breen and WPC Tozer Books

A Song from Dead Lips aka She's Leaving Home(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A House of Knives aka The Kings of London(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Book of Scars aka A Song for the Brokenhearted(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sympathy for the Devil(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of DS Alexandra Cupidi

The Birdwatcher(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Salt Lane(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadland(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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The Birdwatcher is considered to be British crime fiction at its best. The book introduces us to South, a bright detective and birdwatcher, who holds a deeply buried secret: he may have killed a man. One day, a fellow birdwatcher is found murdered in his hometown and his world is flipped upside down. The victim is the only person that could connect South to his earlier crime which creates a bit of drama for South. A female sergeant has been sent from London to work with South on the case and he finds himself having to work two cases: to solve the murder of the birdwatcher and to protect his own secret.

The first book in the Breen and Tozer series is She’s Leaving Home. The book is set in 1968 London when a young woman has been strangled in St. John’s Wood. Detective Sargeant Breen is called to the case and she believes that the victim may be one of the Beatles fans who camp outside of Abbey Road, looking to get a glimpse of their heroes. Breen is a very old school detective and when he’s paired with the modern Helen Tozer on this case. The two make an interesting pair and the two really articulate the changing times.

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