Bitter Fruits

Bitter Fruits Detective Inspector Erica Martin s first case in the university city of Durham is Emily Brabents a first year student who is found dead in the river DI Martin visits Joyce College a cradle for the

  • Title: Bitter Fruits
  • Author: Alice Clark-Platts
  • ISBN: 9780718180966
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • Detective Inspector Erica Martin s first case in the university city of Durham is Emily Brabents, a first year student, who is found dead in the river.DI Martin visits Joyce College, a cradle for the country s future elite, and finds a close knit community full of secrets, jealousy and obsession.Her search reveals a vicious online trolling culture but could Emily, from theDetective Inspector Erica Martin s first case in the university city of Durham is Emily Brabents, a first year student, who is found dead in the river.DI Martin visits Joyce College, a cradle for the country s future elite, and finds a close knit community full of secrets, jealousy and obsession.Her search reveals a vicious online trolling culture but could Emily, from the privileged and popular crowd, have been a victim Should the sudden confession to the murder by the student president be believed And just who is the mysterious Daniel Shepherd whose name keeps appearing in the investigation

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    About “Alice Clark-Platts

    • Alice Clark-Platts

      I am a former human rights lawyer who used to work for the UK Government As a litigator, I worked on cases involving Winnie Mandela and the rapper Snoop Dogg I loved my job but then we re located to the tropics and now I live in wonderful Singapore.I also write short stories which have been published in in various anthologies And when I m not writing, I m running The Singapore Writers Group which I founded in 2012 This is a fantastic group of both professional and amateur writers who meet monthly and attend workshops and critique sessionsFound on aliceclarkplatts



    378 thoughts on “Bitter Fruits

    • Bitter Fruits is an impressive debut novel which is both police procedural and part psychological thriller and proves gripping, eerily atmospheric and sheds light on the inescapable pressures and strains that come with being thrown into an all consuming environment; specifically one of the bastions of higher education and privilege that can be alien territory to those unprepared for the experience. This is a story which explores the death of a student from both the aspect of establishing guilt, [...]


    • Bitter Fruits was a really beautifully written novel, haunting, atmospheric, very lyrical in places and a heady mix of police procedural and psychological thriller - one woven into the other in an intelligent and really engaging style that makes this a real page turner. Emily is found dead, and Martin, newly arrived to the area is put on the case. As she investigates, dark secrets begin to emerge about the college Emily attended in Durham, indeed dark secrets are surfacing all roundIt is actuall [...]


    • Bitter Fruits - Alice Clark-PlattsThis is a stellar debt - an intensely psychological examination of peer pressure in the digital age and its nasty repercussions. The body of an attractive, first-year student Emily Brabents is found in the icy River Wear near Durham University. It is a baptism of fire for DI Erica Martin - recently promoted and new to Durham she is yet to get her bearings and learn how this town works. A startling confession to the murder by the Student President in the early ho [...]


    • In this refreshingly smart and thought-provoking crime thriller, DI Erica Martin investigates the pernicious culture of cyber-bullying that dominates the lives of students at Durham University. The murder of a Fresher is Martin's first case after arriving in the city. Martin herself soon comes under the scrutiny of the local online media - getting a bitter taste of the kind of invisible trolling and emotional harassment that the victim herself was suffering in the weeks before she died. While Bi [...]


    • *Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC in return for an honest review*This is a really awkward review to write and one that I've had to think carefully about, mainly because the ARC I received was in dire need of editing for style and language (and I don't mean proofreading - there weren't typos, it was just badly written). So how should I review it? Should I just review the copy I was given, or should I try and see through the bad writing and assume that that will [...]


    • Pretty much what you expect of a police procedural/murder mystery, but with a few qualities that I felt really lifted it up a notch or two. First off, the writing is good and so is the story. Just the right amount of suspension of disbelief is needed to accept the happenings, but still get a surprise or two. The characters are good too, the pain and confusion of the college kids trying to find their place and role makes for engaging reading. Best is, however, DI Erica Martin herself, and oddly e [...]


    • As you drive into the city, the view of Durham Cathedral above the river is an absolute knock-out & I so wish I could contrive a reason to return. Failing that, I’ve done the next best & enjoyed a murder mystery set in the university. With its different narrators & dialects, this was a perfect Audible book for car, foot & elliptical machine - unstoppable to the end. I cannot claim to have sussed it tho’ I spotted all the principal clues, but failed to imagine which ones fit t [...]


    • I was fortunate n getting my copy from Real Readers before publication for an honest review.Detective Inspector Martin had just joined the Durham police force and straight away had a murder to deal with. Emily Brabens is found dead in the weir and as DI Martin goes to the college to inform them and find out what she could about the dead girl she is surprised to find one of the fellow students confess immediately Simon Rush said he had pushed her into the weir. When DI Martin and DS Jones questio [...]


    • I know this book has been out a while now and I am trying to go backwards in my line of read to reviews. This is a great debut novel, I notice a lot of debut novels that are coming out recently have been of a high standard and have really captured my attention, this one being of the same mind. Its haunting.Emily the girl who was murdered is a very complicated girl, I found her character very interesting.The Investigation into her death and the minds of those surrounding it were awesome.A little [...]


    • First class thriller, and an excellent debut by someone who can best be described as a beautiful, technically-gifted writer. The characterisation is sophisticated and entirely believable. The story is on point, and the writing style and use of language is second to none.Well done Clark-Platts on a stunning first novel. Bring on the next one.


    • Bitter Fruits - Alice Clark PlattsI love debut novels. They are such a lottery. They can be dire and finishing them can feel like wading through treacle. They can be okay and you sense some promise and defer ultimate judgement until the next one. Or they can completely blow you away.I couldn't put this book down and I mean that literally. Everything was put on hold until I finished it.I hesitate to use the word brilliant because it is overused and my response is subjective but for me this wasn't [...]


    • Book reviewBitter Fruits by Alice Clark-PlattA interesting murder mystery For a first novel this book keeps you hooked, draws you in, endears you to the characters and gives you a lovely twist at the end.This style of book is exactly what I enjoy. Something to grip my imagination and that makes me try beat the story line to work out who did the deed. Well two thirds of the way through I worked it out but although I was right, I was also wrong. In order to explain that I would need to give away t [...]


    • Personally I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Kept me intrigued throughout & im already looking forward to reading more from this new author. Have to say I found a previous review completely outrageous & it makes me wonder if the reviewer has a more "personal" agenda?I for one will be recommending it to my book club & other friends!!!


    • Wonderful! Bitter Fruits makes gripping reading from beginning to end. Alice Clark Platts has produced one of the most confident and compelling debut novels I've read in a long while. Can't wait to see more from this talented lady.


    • Fresher Emily Brabents meets Simon Rush on the train up from London on her way to start her degree course at the prestigious Joyce College in Durham. She is nervous and slightly in awe of Simon, as he is a third year student, but he charms her and so their friendship begins. He is quite old fashioned and a bit of a loner and as time goes by is shocked by Emily’s far from prudish behaviour. She is desperate to be the girlfriend of one of the Alfa-male sporting heroes of the university and it se [...]


    • My View:A brilliant debut novel - considered and intelligent this book discusses the murder of a young woman and explores the psychology of those involved and follows the trail that lead to her death. Tightly woven into the fabric of this multi faced narrative are the some very relevant contemporary social issues; identity, feminism, online bullying, abuse of trust and power and sexism.This narrative steers a clear path to discovery; this is not a book that is character lead, although there are [...]


    • Bitter Fruits is an impressive debut novel which is both police procedural and part psychological thriller and proves gripping, eerily atmospheric and sheds light on the inescapable pressures and strains that come with being thrown into an all consuming environment; specifically one of the bastions of higher education and privilege that can be alien territory to those unprepared for the experience. This is a story which explores the death of a student from both the aspect of establishing guilt, [...]


    • Wow. I don't know when the last time a book made such a huge impact in me. May be "If Tomorrow Comes" from Sydney Sheldon. When I started reading Bitter Fruits, I could not put it down. And to think that this is author's first published novel gives me a lot of hopes for what we can expect from her in the future. Mystery/Crime genre are among the most favourite of mine. When I get to read a book as fascinating and thrilling as this, I get hooked up. I have to admit that I saw a whole different pa [...]


    • Published by: Penguin (2nd July 2015)ISBN: 978-0718180966Source: Real ReadersRating: 4*Synopsis:The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite.As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . . [...]


    • Emily Brabents, a student at Durham University, is found murdered in the river and Detective Inspector Erica Martin, a recent arrival in the city, is given the job of investigating the crime. Is a confession by a fellow student to be believed? Martin speaks to those who spent time with Emily to try to find out what she was really like and if her rather surprising private life may have had any bearing on what happened to her. The D.I. needs to speak to her close friend Daniel, but where is he?'Bi [...]


    • This is at the more intelligent and socially-aware end of the crime writing spectrum, though it has some traces of the first novel about it. It centres on the death of a female student at the University of Durham as the police investigation uncovers issues of sex, coercion and bullying. Clark-Platts keeps it generally realistic rather than overly lurid but the book does paint a very negative picture of university students as well as college authorities. As someone who works at a university ranke [...]


    • The opening sentence sets the tone of chill and suspense for the whole book: 'The body was found in the icy coffin of the weir'. A new DI has to investigate the death of a student at an elite college and uncovers the self-created seedy side of young, beautiful people. The pace is tight, with clues and dead ends all over the place. I cracked through it because the characters are portrayed vividly and you want to find out what happens to them.


    • Alice Clark-Platts is former human rights lawyer that has dealt with the genocide of Rwanda. This is a her first novel, and really I hope not her last. The murder of an innocent young student shocks the college where she studied. DI Erica Martin investigates the case and discovers that all it not what it seems. The story is really compelling, and I can't wait to see another offering by this insightful author.


    • Sex, lies and online bullyingWhen the body of first-year student Emily Brabents is found floating in the weir, it falls to recently promoted Detective Inspector Erica Martin to investigate. Having just transferred to the Durham force, Martin soon discovers what a huge part the prestigious University plays in this city, and the pressure is on to get a quick result before there's too much bad publicity. But as Martin begins her investigation, she discovers that underneath the ancient traditions an [...]


    • Hot on the heels of The Girl on the Train, Clark-Platts' sparing prose and carefully constructed character of Daniel, make Bitter Fruits a solid debut novel and a contender for this summer's top "whodunnit" novel. The novel charts Erica Martin's first investigation in Durham where she is investigating the death of a university student. Emily Brabents is an upper-middle class student attending one of Durham's elite colleges. Her body is found in the weir following the annual regatta. An instant c [...]


    • For the locations in the book Booktrail of Bitter FruitsLife for a first year university student is a serious of challenges and new experiences. Parties, drink, going wild…but ending up dead? You may not want to read this if you’re starting university anytime soon.Durham, North East England – the home of a prestigious university high up overlooking the banks of the river Wear, home of the annual Durham Regatta and a beautiful place to live.But in Bitter Fruits, the river Wear is a crime sc [...]


    • A female Detective Inspector, new to Durham, has the murder of a first-year university student as her first case. An early confession makes it seems like the crime won’t need much investigating, but things are rarely as simple as they seem. I was pleased to receive this from the Real Readers programme as I’m a big fan of crime fiction and particularly enjoy crime novels with a female protagonist. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, finding it derivative and written [...]


    • Received this book for review for Real Readers.Emily and Daniel meet for the first time on the train, journeying towards their first year at Durham University. Emily is desperate to fit in with the in crowd, whilst Daniel is content to admire her from the side lines. However before the end of May, Emily's body is discovered in the river, and there are a plethora of suspects.This is a thriller with a modern twist. Much of the plot centres around social networking and the ubiquitous 'trolls' and I [...]


    • WHY YOU WILL ENJOY THIS NOVEL EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT A CRIME-HEAD.I am not much of a crime reader, but I devoured the Fruits in 2 days as it caters all the thrills you’d expect from a gripping crime read: the constant pull of suspense, chapter-end cliff-hangers, the dizzying ground-shifting that comes with new leads and shock reveals, a strong, likeable, yet also flawed protagonist who steers us safely through the rapids of her investigation etc.But to me, this is only surface effects – an eve [...]


    • Emily Brabent's, a university student, is found dead in a river and it is up to the new Detective Inspector Erica Martin to solve the case. Bitter Fruits is told through alternating between Martin's perspective and diary entries from a boy called Daniel Shepard. I liked how the author did this as it really added to the mystery surrounding who Emily was and why she behaved in certain ways. There are many twists and turns, dead ends and red herrings in this story that kept me guessing right up unt [...]


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