Judith Cutler

Murder By The Canal (previously Staying Power)

Flying home after a brief visit to Florence, Detective Sergeant Kate Power of Birmingham CID engages in a pleasant but trivial conversation with the businessman sitting next to her. Two days later he's found hanging from a canal bridge - with Kate's business card in his pocket the only means of identification.

Kate has now established herself as part of the CID team in central Birmingham. But life still isn't plain sailing, despite Kate's growing friendship with Colin.

What I set out to do was show that fraud isn't a victimless crime, so you may wonder why the perpetrator of the scam in this book will probably spend two years only in jail.

The West Midlands Police Fraud Squad were enormously helpful. Policewomen from a Domestic Violence Unit in Sandwell were particularly generous with their time and encouragement, even coming up with an idea which really moved the plot forward.



Joffe Books


24 May 2023


The first in a new series of gritty crime thrillers featuring Detective Sergeant Kate Power, from an author who has already proved her worth in the female crime-writer genre.
South Wales Argus

What really makes the Kate Power novels different is the fact that the doughty sergeant is constantly at war with male chauvinists… It all adds up to Cutler on good form
Sunday Mercury Birmingham

A fascinating and unusual crime thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Mystery People