Missing, Presumed

Missing, Presumed

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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice • A pause-resisting mystery that brings to life a complex and strong-willed detective assigned to a high-risk missing persons case

At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep-and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind-a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family-has been missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows that this case will be big-and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.

The investigation starts with Edith's loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith's tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith's family but for Manon herself.

Suspenseful and keenly observed, Missing, Presumed is a brilliantly twisting novel of how we seek connection, grant forgiveness, and reveal the truth about who we are.

Publisher: Random House Digital,, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780451483331
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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Jan 14, 2021

I found the constant references to personal habits of the major characters to be annoying, the entire book being written in present tense, and the incredibly slow progress of the main mystery all to be very annoying. The whole book could have been 100 pages shorter in my opinion. The relationship between Manon and Fly was a saving part, but unlike much of the book, it was rushed through with an unbelievable final 2 pages. Really, can an unrelated person just take an eleven year old acquaintance home and plan to adopt him when his single mother dies with no involvement by any welfare department or search for other relative? Even if she is a Detective-Inspector.

Nov 28, 2020

Better than average police procedural novel. A little too much time dwelling on the personal lives of the detectives imo. I didn’t see it ending the way it did. Good story.

Sep 11, 2020

This book kept my attention and the characters were well developed. I was just really disappointed with the ending.

Mar 04, 2020

This story is a character-driven, police procedural featuring Detective Inspector (DI) Manon Bradshaw of the Cambridgeshire police force. Manon is pushing 40, stuck in an endless cycle of bad Internet dates, and saddled with an eternally optimistic partner, Davy Walker. When Edith Hinds, the daughter of Lord Hinds disappears, the department is thrown into a relentless frenzy to solve the case. Steiner writes a compelling novel that shares all the aspects of Manon's life with the reader.

Oct 25, 2019

Fun detective mystery. Worth a listen.

samdog123 Aug 28, 2017

This is a fantastic start to a new British mystery series, featuring DS Manon Bradshaw. When a young university student suddenly goes missing, Bradshaw views it as a big case that could make her career. Facing issues of loneliness, dating gone wrong and her own muddled life, Manon is a great character. Its so well-written--I tend to be a bit of what I call a 'skim reader,' but I read every word and enjoyed it while I did so! I already have the next in the series ready to read-'Persons Unknown.'

Apr 26, 2017

I found this book difficult to get into for a good portion of it, but stuck with it and then I couldn't wait to get back to it. It could however, have benefited from some better editing. I did enjoy it though and do look forward to the next DI Manon Bradshaw installment.

Apr 12, 2017

English mystery about the police departments efforts to find a young woman who mysteriously disappears among curious circumstances. Can be a bit hard to follow at times because of the English verbiage and various acronyms for the departments involved in the case but the gist is there. Very chronological and told from different points of view. Very disappointed at the end - not very exciting and not enough of a reason. Disappointed.

CMLReads_Kristin Mar 23, 2017

An excellent first in series. It's a mystery, yes, but the lives of the detectives away from work, separate from their case work, are richer than in most mysteries. Great for fans of Tana French! I look forward to checking in with Manon again when Persons Unknown comes out in 2017.

Mar 17, 2017

A plausible story but the writing author's style is not very exciting. I found it easy to set down. She fills the novel with extraneous fluff that makes it move a lot more slowly than it needs to.

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Mar 04, 2020

"Two years of Internet dating. It's fair to say they haven't flown by."

Oct 24, 2016

‘[Steiner] gets inside the minds and lives of her book’s socially disparate personalities with the grace of a novelist of manners, even as she pulls tight the strands of one of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year’

Oct 24, 2016

'You might come to Missing, Presumed for the police procedural; you’ll stay for the layered, authentic characters that Steiner brings to life.' - Bethanne Patrick, NPR


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