Hard Time

Creative Learning Concepts
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An abandoned baby... A kidnapped five-year-old... A dead police officer... And Detective Sergeant Bev Morriss thinks she's having a hard time! Bev doesn't do fragile and vulnerable, and struggling to cope with the aftermath of a vicious attack, she is desperate not to reveal the lurking self-doubt. But her lover has decided it's time to move on and the guv is losing patience. And as for her new partner - think empathy of a house brick. But she can scarcely trust her own judgement, so what's left to rely on? Just when things can't get any worse, the death threat arrives. And the ransom note. And hard doesn't begin to cover it.
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About the author

Maureen Carter has worked extensively in both print and broadcast journalism. She worked on newspapers and commercial radio before joining BBC TV News and Current Affairs. As well as being a reporter, Maureen co-presented BBC's flagship Newsnight programme and went on to become one of the first women news producers outside London when she edited Midlands Today. She is now a freelance writer and narrator. Her work has been short-listed in the Crime Writers' Association's New Writing Competition. Maureen lives in Birmingham and is married with one daughter, Sophie, who could be a useful contact in future - she's going to university to read criminology!

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Publisher
Creative Learning Concepts
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Published on
Mar 25, 2011
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Pages
297
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ISBN
9781906790707
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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