A Song from Dead Lips by William Shaw

A Song from Dead Lips

William Shaw

Convincingly set during the Beatlemania period of 1968, this police procedural authentically illustrates the sexist and racial tensions of this era. An entertaining read, that may raise a few eyebrows.

Extract

‘What if I did it?’ she said
“What?’
‘Drive the car.’
‘But you can’t.’
‘Been driving tractors since I was eight, sir. Otherwise you’ll have to go back to the station won’t you?’
He nodded. If he went back now he would be sent home sick.
‘Women officers aren’t authorised to drive cars.’
‘Just for today. You’ll probably be all right tomorrow, won’t you?’ She lit a cigarette for him, throwing the match out of the sidelight.

Parallels
  • Kiss Me Quick by Dennis Miller
  • Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • Anything by by Mark Billingham

Books with similar mood

Ukulele Jam

Alen Mešković

Sweets from Morocco

Jo Verity

Frankie and Stankie

Barbara Trapido

A Ship Made of Paper

Scott Spencer

The Beekeeper's Pupil

Sara George

The Orange Blossom Special

Betsy Carter

Unexpected Lessons in Love

Bernadine Bishop

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Behaving like adults

Anna Maxted

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

A Crying Shame

Renate Dorrestein

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

Startling Moon

Liu Hong

The Birth House

Ami McKay

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnussen

Love and Fallout

Kathryn Simmonds

The Sea on Fire

Howard Cunnell

The Girl who Fell from the Sky

Simon Mawer

The Association of Foreign Spouses

Marilyn Heward Mills

Time and Fate

Lance Price

For Matrimonial Purposes

Kavita Daswani

Losing Gemma

Katy Gardner

Buddha Da

Anne Donovan

The Passion of Artemisia

Susan Vreeland

An Unravelling

Elske Rahill

Whispers Through a Megaphone

Rachel Elliot

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

Peter Orner

Canvey Island

James Runcie

Three of a Kind

Alison Norrington

The Drink and Dream Tea House

Justin Hall

Upstairs in the Tent

Cynthia Rogerson

Standing in the Rainbow

Fannie Flagg

A Son of War

Melvyn Bragg

The Hero's Walk

Anita Badami

Family Matters

Rohinton Mistry

Park and Ride

Miranda Sawyer

The Love Parade

Matthew Branton

Winnie and Wolf

A N Wilson

The Dissident

Nell Freudenberger

Remembered

Yvonne Battle-Felton

Coastal Treasure

Mark Alan Griffis

Breathing on Glass

Jennifer Cryer

A Death in the Family

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Beyond the Great Indoors

Ingvar Ambjørnsen

The Spectacle Salesman's Family

Viola Roggenkamp

Treading Water

Claire Collison

Wide Blue Yonder

Jean Thompson

SuperJack

Adam Baron