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A Room Swept White (Culver Valley Crime 5) - Sophie Hannah

A Room Swept White (Culver Valley Crime 5) - Sophie Hannah

Title: A Room Swept White

Author:  Sophie Hannah

ISBN:  9780340980620

Weight:  990g

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first edition, first printing



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A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah

TV producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card at work.  The card has sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four – numbers that mean nothing to her.

On the same day, Fliss finds out she’s going to be working on a documentary about miscarriages of justice involving cot death mothers wrongly accused of murder.  The documentary will focus on three women: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines.  All three women are now free, and the doctor who did her best to send them to prison for life, child protection zealot Dr Judith Duffy, is under investigation for misconduct.

For reasons she has shared with nobody, this is the last project Fliss wants to be working on.  And then Helen Yardley is found dead at her home, and in her pocket is a card with sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four…

Peer & Press Reviews

Sophie Hannah has quickly established herself as a doyenne of the ‘home horror’ school of psychological tension, taking domestic situations and wringing from them dark, gothic thrills…  Combining probability theory, poetry and murder, this is a densely plotted suspenser with a coded puzzle that would grace a Golden Age mystery.

Financial Times

This book’s triumph is that it is not just a perfectly executed psychological thriller, but a pertinent meditation on society itself.


A convincing narrative of miscarried justice and individual trauma…  Hannah produces an enthrallingly complex plot whose serious themes are never undercut by her knack for comedy.

The Times

Bibliographic Info

Title:A Room Swept White
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Series:Culver Valley Crime (Spilling CID) – book 5
Book features:Black boards with white text on spine
Overall condition:Very fine / Very fine
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Dated:Yes – 18/3/10 (publication date)
Book Stats
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780340980620
ISBN 10:0340980621
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):223 x 143 x 39mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Mark Mather
Jacket photo:Henry Sorensen / Getty Images

Collectors Notes & Author Links

  • A Room Swept White is book 5 in the Culver Valley Crime (Spilling CID) series.
  • Sophie’s psychological crime thrillers are set in a fictional English county called Culver Valley, in a town called Spilling.  The main protagonists of the stories are detectives Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer.  Currently there are nine novels in the series and these are:
Little Face 10 Apr 2006
Hurting Distance 05 Apr 2007
The Point of Rescue 07 Feb 2008
The Other Half Lives 05 Feb 2009
A Room Swept White 18 Mar 2010
Lasting Damage 17 Feb 2011
Kind of Cruel 16 Feb 2012
The Carrier 14 Feb 2013
The Telling Error 24 Apr 2014

The Carrier won the Crime Book of the Year category at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.   In addition, two of the Culver Valley Crime series, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012.

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