Nailing Jess

By Triona Scully

Format: Paperback

Satirical crime debut set in a matriarchy with DCI Jane Wayne hunting the Withering Wringer.

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Cranachan Publishing

Established at the beginning of 2016, Cranachan is a small independent publisher and a fresh-face in Scottish publishing landscape. They are committed to finding new voices and writing talent for their adult fiction list and their children's historical fiction series, Yesteryear, published under the Pokey Hat imprint. Their Cranachan Education imprint focuses on professional development titles for teachers, as well as classroom resources to support the Yesteryear series. Cranachan pride themselves on only publishing books which excite and inspire them, and firmly believe that the proof of the pudding is in the reading.

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Welcome to Withering, a small town with a big problem in modern, matriarchal Britain. Here the women wear the trousers, while the men hold the handbags. Literally. 

There's a serial strangler on the loose and the bodies of teenage boys are piling up on maverick D.C.I. Jane Wayne's patch. 

Wayne needs to catch 'The Withering Wringer', but it's not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man - and not just any man - an ugly one. 

Still, at least she can rely on her drug stash from a recent police raid to keep her sane...


Shocking. Funny. Clever. A gender-bending, Agatha-Christie-meets-Chris-Brookmyre, mash-up. Simply genius.


Scully's debut novel takes classic crime and turns it on its head with a deliciously absurd comic twist.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Cranachan Publishing
Publication Date 26 Jun 2017
ISBN 9781911279075
Number of Pages 312

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'Nailing Jess is a very unusual take on the crime novel which will certainly challenge your assumptions on gender norms. Murder, sexism, satire are all brought together in a clever, and fast-paced novel.' Portobello Book Blog

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