Thank you to the blog Cross Examining Crime, who sent in the first pre-publication review for L. C. Tyler's forthcoming Farewell My Herring (22nd April 2021):
"One of the consistent strengths of this series, which you can rely upon, is the entertaining nature of the narration, which is shared by Elsie and Ethelred ... This mystery is well stocked with suspicious characters."
To read the full review, click here.
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Tat's cartoons have appeared in Private Eye, the Oldie, the Guardian and as Cath Tate Cards. She is a regular contributor to My Shrewsbury Magazine, home to her strip Round the Bend, based on the wildfowl of Shrewsbury's stretch of the River Severn.
Jane spent 25 years as a journalist, radio, copy and writing comedy. As well as writing for charities and government, Jane has written for the Soho Theatre, The Poke, a naked Vic and Bob, and now she writes books as well as working with young offenders.
Stephen Gregory's first ever collection of short fiction, On Dark Wings, has been sold to Providence Press in Italy.
The work (published in the UK in May 2019) brings together a rich and varied assortment of fourteen tales, including several never before reprinted, four previously unpublished early tales, and two new stories written specially for this volume.
The first in Anna Jacobs' new Backshaw Moss series, A Valley Dream: 1935. At thirty-six, Bella Porter is dependent on her abusive cousin, acting as an unpaid servant. When a kind relative leaves her a house in the village of Backshaw Moss, Thomas tries to take it from her, but she defies him and grasps this chance of a new start in Lancashire. Can her new friends help her rid herself of her tormenter once and for all and finally achieve her valley dream?
The Girl Behind the Wall is the highly-anticipated new novel from the internationally bestselling author of WWII fiction, Mandy Robotham. When the Berlin Wall goes up, Karin is on the wrong side of the city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East Berlin and separated from her twin sister, Jutta. When Jutta finds a hidden way through the wall, the twins are reunited. But the Stasi have eyes everywhere, and soon Karin is faced with a terrible decision: to flee to the West and be with her sister, or sacrifice it all to follow her heart?
"A conspiracy story with plenty of twists becomes a race-against time suspense novel that belongs firmly in the 'just one more chapter before I sleep' category."
"Alison Bruce has written a superior thriller, full of suppressed menace, which proves you should never trust anyone."
Sunday Times Crime Club
Finally, we ended last week with the absolutely fantastic news that Transworld have snapped up another four books by Jo Thomas in a new contract.
The "substantial" six-figure deal was negotiated by David Headley and the first book in the agreement will be published in summer 2022, and will be the story of a British woman who joins a housesitting agency and ends up moving to a rural finca in southern Spain, finding a new zest for life and love and learning about Iberico ham and secret gastronomic societies along the way.
To read more about the acquisition, click here.