Burned and Broken

‘[An] immensely impressive debut’ The Times








Published on 26th January | Paperback | £7.99





A sensational debut. An original voice. An incredible story.  


An enigmatic policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death, they are under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force's reputation. 

When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?

Mark Hardie's stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breath-taking finale.

Mark Hardie was born in 1960 in Bow, East London. He began writing fulltime after completely losing his eyesight in 2002. He has completed a creative writing course and an advanced creative writing course at the Open University, both with distinction.


Mark lives with his wife Debbie in Southend-on-Sea. 


For further information, please contact

Kirsteen Astor, Publicity Director 020 3122 6621 | Kirsteen.astor@littlebrown.co.uk


Clara Diaz, Press Officer 020 3122 6565 | Clara.Diaz@littlebrown.co.uk


My Review

Really enjoyed the way these two police officers work together and what seemed to me to be a realistic portrayal of police procedure. Just one small point irritated me at the start and that was switching between first names on one page eg Catherine and on the next using her surname so she would be called Russell. For a while I thought there was a character called Russell who I'd missed and kept flipping back to check. That aside, I enjoyed the story and especially how all the elements came together at the end. The references to the Minotaur left me wondering too but eventually it all made sense. Different from the usual run of the mill crime stories.




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Yesterday | 22:25

Wonderful review, for a wonderful lady and Author.

Yesterday | 20:12

Great review for an equally great book by Mary

Yesterday | 18:26

When reading all the reviews I just can not wait to read this for myself. I adore stories of hardship and how they unfold and hopefully have a good ending.

Yesterday | 17:22

Another great review for a brilliant author.

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