In December I was thrilled to sign a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new murder mystery series. The first novel, Murder on the Marshes, is due out at the end of July 2018. You can read Bookouture’s announcement here.
Here’s an idea of what it’s about:
Cambridge Academic Samantha Seabrook has been found drowned, a crucifix wound tightly round her neck. A livewire who liked to party as hard as she worked, she’d been hinting all day that she was off on an adventure the night she died. She’d been enjoying keeping the details secret from her colleagues; now she’s taken them with her to the grave. The night before her body was discovered, journalist Tara Thorpe was sent a doll. It was hand-delivered to her isolated house with a noose around its neck and a cryptic message: “It was a warning. This is a warning.”
The occurrence becomes all the more chilling when DI Garstin Blake of the Cambridge police breaks it to Tara that Samantha Seabrook was also sent a doll before she was killed. Tara had been intending to write about Samantha Seabrook’s life but now the job takes on new meaning. Will her contact with the Professor’s family and colleagues enable her to work out who killed her, and why they want Tara to be next? As Garstin Blake conducts his investigation and Tara probes in order to write her story the two form an uneasy alliance – but neither’s able to fully confide. Each has only half the story. Can either of them keep Tara safe from the precise and ruthless killer who’s on the loose?
Death on the River, the second book in the series, will follow in November 2018.