Body Language by Bernie Crosthwaite
“Had I stumbled across another body, secretly decomposing in a secluded spot?”
Press photographer Jude Baxendale takes up gardening after she’s suspended from her job following a controversial article. The last thing she expects is to stumble across the dead body of rugby player Steve Chilton in the undergrowth, but when the police rule it an accident, she is determined to investigate further.
Quizzing everyone close to Steve, she seems to find more questions than answers. Why did he erupt into an uncharacteristic rage during his last rugby match? Why was he so cold to his wife during their last night together? And why did he end up dead in her garden? The guilt she feels over someone losing their life in her very own backyard drives an unhealthy pursuit of the truth. But sometimes the truth can be dangerous…
Body Language is an action-packed thriller which captures your attention from the first page. Full of unexpected twists to keep you engrossed until the explosively shocking conclusion.
Bernie Crosthwaite has written plays for radio and stage, and has won awards for her short stories, several of which have been broadcast on Radio 4. Her first crime novel, If It Bleeds, featuring press photographer Jude Baxendale, was longlisted for the new writing prize at the Guildford Book Festival. She lives in North Yorkshire.