‘The House in the Woods’ is a Richard and Judy pick!

May 9, 2023




Mark Dawson’s crime thriller THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS (Welbeck), the first in a series featuring maverick former detective Atticus Priest, has been selected as one of the six summer 2023 Richard and Judy book club novels.  Look out for paperback copies hidden in strange places around the UK!


On Christmas Eve, DCI Mackenzie Jones is called to a shooting at a remote farmhouse. Ralph Mallender believes his father lies dead inside. When three more bodies are discovered, it’s clear a festive family gathering has turned into a gruesome tragedy.

At first it seems like an open and shut case: a murder-suicide committed by Ralph’s volatile brother Cameron. Then new evidence makes Mack suspect the man who reported the crime is in fact the perpetrator.

But Mack isn’t the only one with a stake in the case. Private investigator Atticus Priest has been hired to get Ralph acquitted. That means unearthing any weaknesses in Mack’s evidence.

Irascible, impatient, and unpredictable, Atticus has weaknesses of his own. Mack knows all about them because they share a past – both professionally and personally. This time round, however, they aren’t on the same side. And as Atticus picks at the loose ends of the case, everything starts to unravel in a way neither of them could ever have predicted…

The House in the Woods is the first book in the gripping Atticus Priest murder mystery series from the multi-million selling author of the John Milton and Isabella Rose thrillers.


‘Absolutely brilliant’ – Mail on Sunday

‘A literary sensation’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A great thriller writer on the top of his game’ – Steve Cavanagh, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Nerve-shreddingly tense. Utterly addictive’ – M.J. Arlidge