Poe hates locked room mysteries and now he has two to solve. To unravel them he's going to have to draw on every resource he has: Tilly Bradshaw, an organised crime boss, even an alcoholic ex-journalist. Because if he doesn't, the bodies are going to keep piling up...
So an invite to a reunion with her old school friends at a beautiful chateau in France, is Bea’s perfect chance to escape. Surely here, relaxing with old friends and drinking cold fizz, Bea will find inspiration?
But as soon as Bea arrives, she realises this is not going to be the peaceful getaway she anticipated. Her old school friends Gin and Audrie are in various states of marital distress and to top it off a camera crew has arrived to film the goings on at Chateau De St Cyr. Far from being calm, the trip is total chaos!
Thank goodness for Bea's new French neighbour Laurent Sinclair - handsome, charming and perhaps exactly the romantic muse she needs to get her mojo back.
But is Bea brave enough to take a second chance at love at her age?
Perhaps with a little help from her friends...
Also released last week, was the eBook for Jo Thomas' glorious new escapist read, Retreat to the Spanish Sun (Transworld)!
When an ad pops up on her laptop saying 'house-sitters wanted', Eliza can't resist the chance to escape. She ends up moving to a rural finca in southern Spain, looking after the owner's Iberico pigs, learning about secret gastronomic societies... and finding a new zest for life and love along the way.
Icelandic detective Elma faces mortal danger as she investigates the death of a young man in a mysterious Akranes house fire, and a Dutch au pair's perfect placement turns deadly...
The debut novel from Sean Lusk, The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley (June 2022, Transworld) was reviewed in last week's Daily Mail:
"Lusk's dashing, magical debut winds its way through the grimy streets of mid-18th-century London ... Intricately plotted."
The book was also selected by Scottish Book Festival, Bookmark Blair, as their June Book of the Month!
A former BBC TV reporter and correspondent, Michael joins Tom Drake-Lee's list and has published three thrillers, Stalking Horse, On the Third Day, and The Sale of Lot 236 (all Constable Books).
He is currently working on a novel set in the 2030s about an attempt to bring down the House of Windsor.