The Devil’s Dice

The Devil’s Dice

Roz Watkins

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A4 153x234mm
368 pages
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Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award

The Times Crime Book of the Month, April 2018

‘A fascinating debut’ The Sunday Times

‘A touch of Agatha Christie, a dash of Ann Cleeves’s Vera and a suitably moody setting in the Peaks…bring a formidable newcomer to British crime writing.’ Daily Mail



A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.


Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There’s just one catch – chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man’s initials, and it’s been there for over a century.


As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it’s clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg – and the dice are loaded…

A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.

About the author

Roz Watkins is the author of the DI Meg Dalton crime series, which is set in the Peak District where Roz lives with her partner and a menagerie of demanding animals.Her first book, The Devil’s Dice, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and has been optioned for TV.Roz studied engineering at Cambridge University before training in patent law. She was a partner in a firm of patent attorneys in Derby, but this has absolutely nothing to do with there being a dead one in her first novel.In her spare time, Roz likes to walk in the Peak District, scouting out murder locations.


  • ‘The Devil’s Dice is a terrific debut by Roz Watkins; it teems with shivery atmosphere and introduces a cop quietly different from most of the women detectives in British crime fiction today.’ The Times Crime Book of the Month.
  • ‘An impressive debut… A touch of Agatha Christie, a dash of Ann Cleeves’s Vera and a suitably moody setting in the Peaks…bring a formidable newcomer to British crime writing.’ Daily Mail
  • ‘A fascinating debut… Watkins brilliantly balances superstition and scepticism in this clever first novel.’ Sunday Times
  • ‘The setting is dramatic, the characters are convincing and the motive for murder, when eventually uncovered, is interesting… A smart enjoyable debut.’ The Literary Review
  • ‘Gripping… This week’s hot read’ Woman Magazine
  • ‘Clever and compelling…fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley will enjoy this gripping thriller’ Candis Magazine
  • ‘A fabulous book. I can’t wait to meet DI Meg Dalton again’ B A Paris
  • ‘An outstanding debut. The Devil’s Dice had me gripped from the start’ Stephen Booth
  • ‘Twisty, creepy, funny, and you may shed a tear too. More DI Meg Dalton please!’ Caz Frear
  • ‘A fascinating debut with a deliciously old school mystery at its heart. I can’t wait to see what Watkins does next!’ Angela Clarke
  • ‘A pacy, twisty read that had me on the edge of my seat…what a brilliant debut!’ KL Slater
  • ‘Exceptional debut. Beautifully written and observed crime novel, with such well rounded maturity it was a pleasure to read from start to finish. Glad it is a series so that we all have a lot more to look forward to.’ Amanda Robson
  • ‘Brilliant. I love Meg!’ Lisa Hall
  • ‘A humdinger of a debut – whip-smart and with a protagonist you’re guaranteed to want to get behind’ Mel McGrath
  • ‘A smart, intelligent police procedural and a well-crafted mystery set against a beautiful backdrop. Compelling reading.’ Jane Isaac
  • ‘The plot instantly seizes the reader… A great start to a new series.’ Vaseem Khan