Monday, March 20, 2023

Book 13

Murder at the Bazaar is now most likely to be called Murder at the village Fair or Murder at the Summer Fair. I have about 12k left to write to finish the first draft so I'm on target to finish it next week. Then I shall ignore it for 2 weeks before polishing, rewriting and adding another 10k before sending it to my agent and my editor. The outline for book 14 has also been accepted and that book will be a very wintery tale set in Scotland. The newly weds are certainly doing a little more travelling these days!

Monday, March 13, 2023

A welcome return to guest Verity Bright!

A warm welcome back to my guests this week - Verity Bright and their latest title Death on Deck! When Lady Swift embarks upon her first luxury cruise she imagines a gilded ballroom, afternoons on deck taking tea and all the delectable food she can eat. But she can’t seem to escape from murder… Lady Eleanor Swift is all set to spend her birthday with her beau, dashing Detective Hugh Seldon, until he calls to cancel on her again at the last minute. What’s a girl to do? Pack up her staff and her faithful old bulldog, Gladstone, and head off on a cruise to New York, that’s what! On the stunningly opulent ocean liner Celestiana, Eleanor tries to forget her worries and make the most of her trip. That is, until she sees a man being shot and falling overboard. On closer inspection of the scene, Eleanor literally stumbles over the likely murder weapon. And the nick in the barrel is unmistakeable: this gun belongs to Detective Seldon… With some discreet digging, Clifford discovers Detective Seldon is aboard the ship on an undercover mission. Eleanor doesn’t want to make waves but she’s sure that something fishy is going on and he’s being framed. To get Seldon off the hook, Eleanor casts her net wide and searches for the real murderer among a sea of suspects including European nobility, Italian opera stars and American nouveau riche. But does the victim’s expensive gold ring point to a lavish lifestyle or is it a red herring? When another passenger is found dead in his first-class cabin, a poisoned whisky glass clutched in his hand, Eleanor realises they are really in hot water. Will the killer be Eleanor’s catch of the day, or will she spend her birthday at the bottom of the sea? You ca get your copy HERE
Congratulations on another fabulous addition to the series!!

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Guest Blogger - Karen King

A warm welcome to the lovely Karen King who has a brilliant new book to tell you about! Here's a bit about Karen herself - Karen King was born in Birmingham, UK and has always enjoyed reading and writing. She’s been published for over thirty five years, in a variety of genres for both children and adults. She loves writing about the complexities of relationships. Her first three books for Bookouture were romances where relationships came right, she has now turned to the darker side of relationships, writing bestselling psychological thrillers about relationships that go badly wrong. Karen now lives in Spain where she loves to spend her non-writing time exploring the quaint local towns with her husband, Dave, when she isn’t sunbathing or swimming in the pool, that is. You can connect with Karen HERE and can sign up to her newsletter HERE Now for the book! The Family Reunion! She’s the daughter you never knew... But how far will she go to get the life she never had? Today I’m hosting a family party. One that’s different to every celebration we’ve had before. Because I’ve invited my secret daughter to it. I’ve never forgiven myself for abandoning her as a baby, with just a scrawled note tucked into her soft yellow blanket, saying her name was Hope . As soon as she reached out, I knew I had to meet her. My family all seem ready to accept her with open arms, their forgiveness a blessing I barely deserve. And I dare to believe that maybe we are all going to have a happy ending after all. So I try to put all those small, strange things that have been happening to me in recent weeks out of my mind. The missing money, my lost charm bracelet, the broken window, the fire... But as the drinks are poured and everyone’s talking animatedly, I hear a knock at the door. And something in my heart tells me this family is about to be torn apart. And there’s nothing I can do to stop it...
Grab your copy today!!! TheFamilyReunion HERE

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Book 13 update

Well, I'm now up to 20k on Book 13 in the Miss Underhay series. Although technically of course, she is now Mrs Bryant. Marriage is throwing up new challenges for Kitty and Matt as you'll see when you read Murder at the Beauty Pageant, book 12, in the series. I can't believe we're on book 13 already. It's been 4 years since I first signed the contract for Murder at the Dolphin Hotel which came out in the Autumn of that year. Book 13 is provisionally titled Murder at the Bazaar but I expect that will change. This one is back in Yorkshire but Matt and Kitty are not staying with Matt's parents or Lucy and Rupert. Instead they are in the quaint old village of Quixshotte at the Dower house belonging to Matt's aunt Euphemia. After attending the local bazaar - an oriental themed country fair, they stumble across the body of Miss Crowther. AKA Madame ZaZa knows all. Except this time she failed to predict her own demise. It's a ton of fun to write and even has an elephant called Bluebelle. You can preorder a copy HERE if you haven't already! I can't wait to share it with you!

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Guest blogger - Jessica Hatch

A very warm welcome to the fabulous Jessica Hatch as she celebrates the release of her latest novel! Jessica Hatch writes hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedies for the girls who grew up rooting for the main character's best friend. Her first novel, My Big Fake Wedding, debuted at #1 in Humorous American Fiction, and her second novel, How to Keep a Husband for Ten Days, is widely anticipated by an international readership. She loves to develop quirky, high-concept scenarios and then drop her characters into them, escape room–style, to see what happens next. Her work spotlights characters and locales the reader can fall in love with, and aims to explore real-world issues that women and nonbinary people face. (She also enjoys loafing around, largely ignoring her characters and binge-watching Netflix instead.) Her latest release is How to keep a husband for 10 days and you can grab your copy HERE
Faking a marriage… How hard can it be?! When Lina’s oldest friends unexpectedly announce they’re coming to stay, she has to think fast. No one knows she and her husband Brown are breaking up and, if their friends find out, she knows they’ll take sides, and they’re just not ready for that. Surely they can pretend to be married for ten days? Determined to only tell her friends when she’s figured out how she’s feeling, Lina comes up with a set of rules for her and Brown to follow: 1.Strike “couple” poses (try not to throw your back out) 2.Laugh at each other’s jokes (not so loud it sounds fake) 3.Stare into each other’s eyes (remember to blink) 4.Hold hands when walking (use a grip of steel) 5.Share a bed… (GULP) But, despite her step-by-step guide, pretending to be married isn’t as easy as she thought. Being back in the same house with her husband – laughing together, holding hands, sharing a bed – is making her more confused than ever. And by day five, Lina is starting to realise there’s a thin line between love and hate. And while she can try to fool her friends, she can’t fool her heart. What might have begun as faking a marriage is starting to feel like the real thing… Is this becoming more than make believe? And is it too late to find out if Brown feels the same? This absolutely hilarious and totally addictive romcom is perfect for fans of Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis, Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners, and Emily Henry. "⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jessica Hatch has done it again! I was so engrossed in each page, and I couldn't wait to find out what was happening next!" -- Gabriella, @reads.withgab

Friday, February 03, 2023

UK kindle bargain for February!

Murder at the Wedding is a UK kindle monthly deal at just 99p for this month! February is a short month though so don't miss out! You can grab your copy HERE

Monday, January 30, 2023

Cover reveal for Murder at the Beauty pageant!

I'm thrilled to share the cover and details for Murder at the Beauty Pageant. The next Miss Underhay mystery! PREODER HERE
Spring, 1935. Kitty Underhay is delighted to be hosting the Miss Dartmouth Jubilee beauty pageant at the Dolphin Hotel. Excited to see gorgeous gowns and terrific talents, Kitty is horrified when contestant Peggy Blaine is discovered murdered in the bandstand of the local park, stabbed with an ornate paper knife. Was jealousy over a sash and diamante tiara a motive for murder? The day before the event, a spate of spiteful anonymous letters arrived, warning of dire consequences for anyone involved with the show. The new police inspector had ignored them, but when Kitty’s husband Matt discovers that Peggy received a similar missive the morning of the performance, they vow to track the letter writer down. With help from a local newspaper, they find religious scaremonger Preacher Bob. He is clearly their poison pen – but Bob has a beautiful alibi for the murder… As Kitty questions the other entrants, she discovers Peggy wasn’t as innocent as she’d seemed and several of the other girls wished her harm. Convinced they are getting closer to the truth, Kitty is shocked when another young competitor turns up dead after an apparently accidental overdose. Can newlyweds Kitty and Matt see this wicked murderer brought to justice before he claims another victim or is their number up at last…? Fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey and Lee Strauss will fall head over heels for this utterly compelling and totally charming historical cozy mystery!

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Whew!

Thank you all so much for the fabulous reviews for Murder at the Charity Ball! I am so thrilled that you are enjoying Kitty and Matt's latest adventure, and of course, the wedding! The next book is Murder at the Beauty Pageant and will be up for preorder any time and a cover reveal to follow. I'm currently busy researching for the next one in the series which will see Matt and Kitty back in Yorkshire to solve the death of a fortune teller poisoned inside her tent during a country bazaar!
Thought you might enjoy seeing this fabulous selection of powder compacts.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Murder at the Charity Ball is out today!

Kitty Underhay is enjoying a night off from wedding planning as she attends a charity ball at the home of Lady Eliza Foxley. She’s excited to see her father, Edgar Underhay, but the evening takes a turn when they find their hostess dead, strangled by her own silk stocking. When suspicion falls on Edgar, Kitty has to act fast to clear his name. But time is soon running out for Kitty to solve the case and make it to the church on time. With a devious killer on the loose, will she end up leaving as a newlywed, or newly dead…? Available as audiobook, kindle or paperback and on kindle unlimited Get your copy HERE

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Guest Blogger - Ally Sinclair

Please give a warm welcome to my latest guest - The fabulous Ally Sinclair and her brilliant new release! A Season For Love 'I loved it! Clever, romantic, funny and completely different!’ Katie Fforde Can old-fashioned courtship survive in today’s dating world? When Emma Love’s mother retires, it is time for her to take the reins of the family dating agency and build on its success. And she has a fresh new idea: to host a Jane Austen-style Regency Season of glamourous events where potential lovers can actually take the time to get to know each other in person, with no apps in between. As the round of glamourous social events begins, we meet some of Emma’s new clients, and see her matchmaking skills in action. Annie, who has a romantic soul but believes she lost her chance at love a long time ago; recently divorced Jane, who is not quite ready to see what her new love life might look like, and wild child Lydia, who is more interested in hooking up than finding her Mr Darcy. All is going swimmingly but as the Season unfolds, there is a fly in Emma’s ointment – the irritating Mr Knight, with his casual attitude and gentle cynicism. Why is she allowing him to ruffle her calm, ordered life and why can’t she stop thinking about him? She has no intention of becoming romantically involved herself, of course; she is far too sensible to take a chance on love – isn’t she? Jane Austen meets Sophie Kinsella in this laugh-out-loud, captivating romantic comedy. If you love Julia Quinn, Lex Croucher or A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting, you'll love this!
Copies available HERE

Sunday, January 08, 2023

Murder at the Charity Ball out Jan 20th

Book 12 in the Miss Underhay series is with my agent and my editor eek! The release date for Murder at the Charity Ball is getting closer and the lovely Judge Rob Rinder had this to say! ‘Nobody does tension and crime thriller writing quite like she does. Some books are guilty pleasures, she’s guilty of being a superb writer (and an inspiration).’ Rob Rinder I'm currently reading his debut book, The Trial which is due out in the Summer, and Wow! It's so good.
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