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Cara Hunter (pseudonym of Lynn Shepherd)

  • Publication date: January 2018
  • Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP
  • Country: GB
  • 416 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Family secrets, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation


Series following Detective Inspector Adam Fawley, with a focus on family drama, centering on Fawley and his team in Oxford. In Book 1, when 8-year-old Daisy Mason goes missing, Detective Adam Fawley leads the investigation that reveals the dark secrets behind the perfect middle-class appearance of Daisy’s family.


Shortlisted for The British Book Awards' Books of the Year, category : Crime & Thriller

750,000 copies sold in the UK across the first three titles.

Translation Rights Sold: Sweden, France, US, Germany, Norway, China, Greece, Russia, Taiwan, Hungary, Poland; Norway, World Portuguese, Italy, Spain, Denmark

Series. CLOSE TO HOME was the first book, published in 2018. Book four, ALL THE RAGE is to be published October 2019.

Lynn Shepherd is a writer of historical mysteries.



Daisy Mason disappears during a fancy party hosted by her family. When Detective Fawley starts investigating, he has his mind set on the family. It's almost always the family.

Every member of the Mason clan could be the culprit. There is the obsessed-with-appearance mother, Sharon, the cold and defensive father, Barry, and the over-secretive older brother Leo.

Detective Adam Fawley has his own suffering on his mind: his son has just died and he is overwhelmed with grief.

Who kidnapped Daisy, and why?

Reports on book 1 available
Book 2, 3 and 4

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  • Author’s biography

    Lynn Shepherd (aka Cara Hunter) studied English at Oxford, and got a doctorate degree there.
    She always wanted to be a writer and in 2000 she went freelance to see if it was possible to make her dream into reality.

    MURDER AT MANSFIELD PARK was her first novel.

    Her third book A TREACHEROUS LIKENESS explores the dark secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary, the author of Frankenstein.