The Cutting Room - USA book cover




Detectives Ruth Lake and Greg Carver, introduced in the electrifying Splinter in the Blood, must stop a serial killer whose victims are the centerpiece of his macabre works of art.

While Britain is obsessed with the newest hit true-crime television show, Fact, or Fable? detectives Ruth Lake and Greg Carver are tormented by a fiendish flesh-and-blood killer.

Lured to a “crime scene” by a mysterious digital invitation, Ruth Lake is horrified to find a bizarre and gruesome tableau surrounded by a crowd of gawkers. The deadly work is the latest “art installation” designed by a diabolical criminal dubbed the Ferryman. Not only is this criminal cold-blooded; he’s a narcissistic exhibitionist desperate for an audience. He’s also clever at promoting his deadly handiwork. Exploiting England’s current true-crime craze, he uses social media to titillate and terrorize the public.

Ruth is joined in the investigation by her partner Greg Carver, who is slowly regaining his strength after a run-in with another sadistic criminal. Greg can’t seem to shake the bewildering effects of the head wound that nearly ended him. Are the strange auras blurring his vision an annoying side effect of his injury, or could they be something more . . . a tool to help him see a person’s true nature? In this utterly engrossing and thrilling tale of suspense, a pair of seasoned detectives face off against a wickedly smart and inventive psychopath in a tense, bloody game that leads to a shocking end.


“A riveting investigation…Dyer provides a grimly authentic narrative and deeply defined characters, although the ending may make readers wonder if they really know Ruth at all.” ~Booklist

“Addictive sequel to 2018’s Splinter in the Blood. Fans of British police procedurals will be well satisfied.” ~Publishers Weekly

“Disturbing and wickedly entertaining.”~ People Magazine

“A well-written, complex, and harrowing tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to identify a narcissistic serial killer… There’s enough of Edgar Allen Poe, Peter James, and Michael Connelly in “The Cutting Room” to make every mystery reader’s heart beat faster. Highly recommended.” ~Joseph Badal, Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author, for Suspense Magazine

“I hope this is a series that will run and run. It deserves to be hugely successful. It’s smart, pacy and intelligently written. This is what the British crime fiction scene has been crying out for.”  ~Michael Wood, for Crimesquad

The Cutting Room is well-written and full of suspense. The authors combine their knowledge and skill into one seamlessly written novel that I couldn’t put down. Carver and Lake are well drawn, interesting characters whose demons I enjoyed exploring. The killer’s work is complex and horrifying, and I was on the edge of my seat as I read.” ~Mystery Playground

“Perfect for fans of Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs), Leslie Glass (Burning Time), and James Patterson (Target: Alex Cross), The Cutting Room excels where many suspense thrillers fail. It starts out with a bang and maintains its taut story line until the very end, only to cinch the noose a bit tighter at the very last page.” ~Jathan & Heather

“A very engaging book . . . I highly recommend reading The Cutting Room—it’s a great pick for any mystery lover.” ~Girly Book Club

“THE CUTTING ROOM is the second book in the Carver and Lake series, and it is so freaking good. These authors came to play with this story. For those who read the first novel, expect this one to have heightened suspense, more twists, more turns, and a deeper bond forming between Ruth and Greg.” Victoria Colotta reviews

“This time last year, I was telling anyone who would listen about Splinter In The Blood, book one of the Lake and Carver series. What I praised most was Dyer’s ability to create an original serial killer thriller. Although The Cutting Room is a more traditional serial killer thriller, the endearing characters, a truly horrifying crime, and the forensic details makes The Cutting Room a stand out in the crowded serial killer thriller genre.” Murder and Moore

“The beauty of THE CUTTING ROOM is Dyer’s easy writing style. [A] highly effective crime novel filled with extremely complex, real characters who keep the pace at high-stepping speed from start to finish. Jump on in with Lake and Carver, and make sure you have several hours blocked out in your schedule. You’re going to need them once you’re absorbed inside this well-constructed thriller.” The Book Reporter

“The Ashley Dyer team delivers a ‘skin crawling’ realistic British crime drama in this latest work.” Iron Mountain Daily News

“This is an excellent police procedural/ thriller that is completely engrossing. The quality of the writing is outstanding. Dyer creates a complex plot, an intricate investigation, and well developed characters. There are twists and false leads. The forensics details are fascinating. The killer’s focus on social media followers is a timely, subtle social commentary.” She Treads Softly (Lori L)

“Readers who enjoy shows such as Criminal Minds will enjoy the look into this engrossing procedural. Highly recommended.” AuntieMWrites

“A chilling mystery which features a topical and clever storyline. Carver and Lake are formidable investigators.” Book Reviews and More by Kathy