The River Blackwater provides the setting for a new thriller.

Katherine Pathak’s latest novel, Lawful Death, is the third in her series of Imogen and Hugh Croft Mysteries Series.

It explores the impact of a fatal shooting during a burglary in the fictional hamlet of Cooper’s End, which lies between Maldon and Mundon and is close to the banks of the Blackwater.

When a young man is shot dead during a burglary at Langley Farm, it divides the local community.

Having just published his latest book on post traumatic stress disorder, Professor Hugh Croft agrees to assist Thomas Langley’s beleaguered defence team as an expert witness.

As Hugh begins to interview Langley, he discovers the old man - a former soldier - is not quite what he expected.

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