Michelle Spring

Spring has written three novels featuring Laura Principal, a former academic who is now a partner in a successful private investigation agency with her lover, Sam. The books move between Cambridge and London, using the contrasting locations to good effect. Laura is cool and practical, tenacious and capable of great empathy with the people caught up in her investigations, which usually engage with contemporary social issues.

In Every Breath You Take, Laura pursues a stalker when a friend she was to share a cottage with is brutally murdered; in Running For Shelter, Laura discovers that slavery is alive and well and living in prosperous London; in Standing in the Shadows, the brother of a boy convicted of murder asks Laura to investigate the circumstances.

With each book, Spring is maturing as a writer, discovering how far she can push her talent and exploring the darker recesses of the human psyche.

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