A Bitter Taste

London is in the grip of a stifling heatwave. The city has slowed to a claustrophobic shuffle. Heroin-addicted investigator Catherin Berlin suffers while working the lowest of investigations: matrimonial.

The city’s junkies are in the grip of a drought of a different kind. Sonja Kvist, a strung-out ghost from Berlin’s past, turns up on her doorstep. Sonja’s daughter is missing. An unpaid debt leaves Berlin no choice but to take the case of the missing ten-year-old.

Berlin is back. And soon the hunter becomes the hunted; corrupt detectives are on Berlin’s tail chasing drugs she doesn’t have, a young girl is murdered, the matrimonial case unravels.

And the temperature keeps rising.


A Morbid Habit... soliloquy for the lost dream of socialism in Russia... a cracking read...


A Morbid Habit...complex and interesting all the way to the tense finale. Highly recommended.
Sydney Morning Herald.

Annie Hauxwell is the author of four novels in the dark and gritty Catherine Berlin series.

Annie has worked as an investigator for more than twenty years in the UK and Australia. She also writes for film and theatre.

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