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Steven’s latest DI Damen Brook thriller, The Unquiet Grave, has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2014, the most prestigious literary award in the region.

The award is open to the writers of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry and the inclusion of The Unquiet Grave on the shortlist caps a year which has seen Steven’s book receive fantastic reviews from readers around the globe.

The hardback and Kindle editions were published on July 4th 2013, followed by the paperback in October.  They are also all available on Amazon.  You can enjoy this latest thriller even if you haven’t read the previous Brook novels – although, of course, we’d love you to read them all!

You can also find an audio version of The Unquiet Grave at Audible, along with earlier novels.  Narrated by Gareth Armstrong, this is a full unabridged version of the book and has received excellent reviews.

Steven’s had a really busy 12 months, researching and writing the latest twists and turns, but the response from reviewers and readers alike has been fantastic.

Here’s what book reviewer Liz Wilkins had to say: ‘A clever crime novel, a ‘whodunnit’ but also a tense race against time to save a life. And what was truly brilliant? I was honestly not sure whether or not the clock would be beaten and Brook would emerge triumphant- and you won’t be either.’

‘I want you to put it on your lists folks. And if you haven’t met Brook yet – well what are you waiting for? You have time! For the events leading up to ‘The Unquiet Grave’ it is fine to start with ‘Deity’.

‘A tip for readers, I know that it’s helpful to know if a series MUST be read in order. Mr Dunne’s books are all stunning in their own way – but each can be read on its own merits,’ she added.

Over on Amazon, the overwhelming majority of readers have been giving the Unquiet Grave a full five stars.  Here’s a selection of comments from the reviews:

This really is high-end crime writing, excellently constructed and throwing enough red herrings around to both challenge and thrill the reader.

Top 100 reviewer, Lincs Reader

The Unquiet Grave’ has all the required ingredients of a great crime thriller. It’s gritty, exciting, has lots of twists and turns and some very shocking revelations indeed. It really kept me guessing and the result wasn’t what I expected. I can tell that Steven Dunne has given lots of thought to this book. I recommend it to fans of crime fiction.

Sonya Kemp, London

Remarkable book well worth avoiding life, eating and sleeping to finish. Be prepared for late nights as you won’t want to put it down! One of those books you don’t want to finish so that it’s not over. When you get to the last page you want more. Lucky those of you who have the back catalogue to catch up with and for those of us up to date we are left to nag the author on Facebook to write faster!

BradfordianSteph

It’s dark, gritty, chilling and the crimes committed are some of the darkest you can imagine.

What I like most was the twist and turns throughout the book, some I was left reeling with shock. They quite literally caught you off guard, signs of a writer who knows exactly what he is doing.

This is an author I will certainly be looking out for in the Future. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be kept up all night and chilled to the bone.

Mrs Victoria

21 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Phil Shelton said:

    Just finished reading The Unquiet Grave. Another terrific book in the Brook series. Looking forward to the next one.

    • Steve Dunne said:

      Hi Phil. Really pleased you liked it.

      Steve

      • Linda Ogilvie said:

        Hi Steven.am writing to you from Perth Western Aus, i have recently returned home from a trip to Bali where i picked your book The Reaper from the hotel library and read the full book in 4 days on a sunlounger, i wouldnt move go anywhere or even talk to my husband until i had finished it! I really enjoyed it and liked your writing it kept me involved and interested, I have taken it to Perth with me and now my husband is reading it and loving it not to mention ignoring me to read! I see you have written more books and i will get them as soon as i can. You are an amazing writer and im a hard to please reader, if im not hooked in the first 10 or so pages i give up, i was hooked on page one! Kind Regards. Linda Ogilvie Perth Wa.

      • Steve Dunne said:

        Hi Linda. Great to hear from you and I’m pleased to see my Australian fan club is growing by the day. I’m glad you liked The Reaper and hope you’ll enjoy my other books. I’m confident you will. Have a great year and thanks for not mentioning the cricket. Can’t wait to get back to your wonderful country – I have relatives in Brisbane – for another visit.

  2. HI

    Just read my first Steven Dunne novel – The Unquiet Grave, (after meeting the author in Waterstones who persuaded me to buy it!) – brilliant read, couldn’t put it down, will certainly be purchasing the others

  3. Steve Dunne said:

    Thank you so much Pam. Glad you liked it. I hope you’ll spread the word.

  4. I just finished my first Steven Dunne novel, the Unquiet Grave too Pam. I haven’t met the author, (we live in Australia), but really loved the book. I also couldn’t put it down and was blown away by all the twists and turns. What a great read!! Now to start on the Reaper (with two more to follow). Love it when you find a great author and find out they’ve written more books. Yay!

  5. The unquiet grave is a masterpiece. It is riveting and compelling, being an avid reader with a particular interest in thrillers/crime novels, I can honestly say this is one of the strongest reads of them all at present.
    Only downside to such a fabulous book is having to wait until Steven Dunne writes the next in the Brooke series!!
    Also would be grateful if anyone can tell me where I can purchase a copy of the other books in the series other than the first as I am having trouble locating copies- thankyou and thankyou again Steven Dunne! :-D.

    • I also had the honour of meeting Steven Dunne in waterstones, Bradford west yorkshire a couple of weeks ago and what a lovely, humble man with bucket loads of talent!
      I just look forward to further novels being published in the not too distant future :-D

    • Steve Dunne said:

      Hi Laura. Thank you for those very complimentary words. I’m glad you liked The Unquiet Grave. My other books are all available on Amazon and other internet sites but if you prefer to use Waterstone’s they should be able to order them. You might have problems locating The Reaper as it’s out of print and my previous publisher has no incentive to reverse that situation. However Amazon does have a healthy trade in second hand copies. Thanks again.

  6. Excellent Reading – More please

  7. Well, I first read the Reaper and found it to be a very deep book with many levels to keep you interested. I wouldn’t have hoped that the other three books to follow suit, but there you go! Very enjoyable (?) and here’s hoping Damen Brook will reappear after his exploits in The Unquiet Grave. I’m going for a lie down now…

    • Steve Dunne said:

      Thank you Sally. So pleased you enjoyed my work. A Killing Moon is close to completion and should be out later in the year. :)

  8. am half way through The Reaper, am totally hooked, cant wait to read the rest! was only by chance that I picked up The Reaper in a second hand book shop and am glad that I did….because now the rest of your books are on my hit list!

  9. Jim Marsden said:

    Like Isy I bought The Reaper in a second hand shop and really couldn’t put it down. But there again I live in Derby so I might be seen to have a vested interest. I will lobby the local library for more.
    On a more local note in the late 1940s I attended Springfield Junior School in Spondon, Derby and remember with some pleasure a teacher called Mrs Dunne who, I believe, lived in Station Road in Borrowash. This is too much of a coincidence for me – you must be related. I hope so!

    all the best

    Jim

    • Steve Dunne said:

      Hi Jim. Glad you liked The Reaper. My other books should all be available to your local library so thanks for asking them to stock it. I know the central library stocks all my work but it’s often booked out for obvious reasons. ;) I should tell you my new DI Brook novel, A Killing Moon, will be out in the spring.

  10. Sarah Hudson said:

    I came across “The Reaper” in Waterstones ,Derby and now I m hooked.Can t wait to read the next three installments.Best crime novel I ve read in a long time!
    Thanks Mr Dunne

    • Steve Dunne said:

      Hi Sarah. Thanks a lot for those kind words. Glad you enjoyed The Reaper. I think you’ll find my other three books equally enjoyable. Hope so.

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