Bad Apples


From the bestselling author of Dark Pines comes Will Dean’s most terrifying Tuva Moodyson mystery yet.

It only takes one…
A murder

A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated
A festival

A cultish hilltop community ‘celebrates’ Pan Night after the apple harvest
A race against time

As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…

Having enjoyed Will Dean’s Tuva Moodyson series, so much, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Bad Apples as I was really looking forward to immersing myself in Tuva’s world once again. I love Will Dean and his writing and am so honoured to be following the very successful tour for his latest novel. Let me tell you that it absolutely lived up to my levels of anticipation and I’ve been lost in this twisted and danger world during my October half term break, and I’m not planning on leaving any time soon…

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If you already know and love Will Dean’s writing, it will come as no surprise to you that from the very first page, we are plunged headlong into another intriguing mystery as Pan Night brings yet more drama to the community. The ensuing events prove to be every bit as gripping as his previous novels and show you just how insular small town communities can be when they close their ranks on outsiders. 

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It must be so difficult for crime writers to keep coming up with fresh and exciting angles that will keep their readers turning the pages and I think that this is one of the aspects of Will Dean’s writing that is gathering the most acclaim. You really feel like you get a deep dive into the worlds he creates and their characters sear themselves into your reading mind and make you feel like you are living through these harrowing experiences alongside them. Visberg definitely came to life on the page as you felt immersed in its small town mindset and ritualistic celebrations.

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I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to dwell too long on the plot of Bad Apples –  as I want you to be able to experience all the twists and turns as you uncover the full horror of what is going on for yourself – suffice to say that the skilful way that Will Dean weaves the many and disparate elements of Tuva’s nail shredding experiences into the narrative is superbly done and remains convincing throughout. There could hardly be a worse time for her to turn up as the deputy editor of the local paper – but Tuva’s previous experiences mean that she is perfectly equipped to ask some difficult questions once the decapitated body turns up and the festival’s dark heart is exposed…

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I know at times it can feel like the fictional world is saturated with books that try and present you with unique protagonists, but Tuva is the real deal, a main character who’s absolutely in her own league and once you’ve started on this journey with her, you will not be able to put this dark and electrifying book down until you’ve managed to reach the last page. I was holding my breath at times as I turned the pages as it felt so tense at times that I could barely breathe. Many people have tried and failed to categorise Tuva and this series– but this is a book that retains its own unique atmosphere and sense of menace and I cannot stop thinking about it more than 24 hours after i’ve finished reading it. I’ve already said that I’m avoiding spoilers, and you definitely should too as Id want everyone to feel the impact I did upon closing the very last page…

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I loved the way that this novel wove many threads together – a book packed with tension, that manages to make you connect and feel for its main character with a strong and memorable setting to boot is definitely a rare treat and it’s one you should spoil yourself with as soon as possible. Bad Apples packs a powerful punch and is definitely one of those novels that stays with you long after closing its final page and one that I will definitely be recommending to my friends – it never lets up in terms of keeping its sense of tension and suspense strung tight right up until its nail biting conclusion. Buy yourself a copy here and clear your diary, because once you start this book, you will definitely not be able to stop…

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I can’t wait to see what Will Dean does next. I’m a sucker for a fantastically written crime read and this is definitely one of my reads of the year, so far. I heartily recommend it for whiling away a long dreich October afternoon by the fire.  Away and treat yourself – You’ll thank me for it…


‘Just finished Will Dean’s Bad Apples. A delicious return to Tuva.’– Ann Cleeves

‘Fiendish, funny, scary as hell. Bad Apples is the stand out in a truly outstanding series.’– Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End

Bad Apples is a chilling outing for Tuva Moodyson – unsettling from beginning to the very end, but leavened with dark humour. A compelling thriller that devoted fans and new readers will adore.’– Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan series

‘Finished Bad Apples by Will Dean and all I can say is…there aren’t words. Talk about DARK.’– Blue Book Balloon blog

‘Swedish reporter Tuva Moodyson, who wears hearing aids, takes to the hills where the isolated and inbred town of Visberg can be found at the end of a long and winding road.’– The Times

Writer On the Shelf

Will Dean
Will Dean 

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.

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