New Release: STAGE FRIGHT by Helen Smith

Stage Fright by Helen Smith
New Release: STAGE FRIGHT. Join amateur sleuth Emily Castles as she investigates a mysterious disappearance at the Edinburgh Festival in this entertaining new mystery from Helen Smith.

When amateur sleuth Emily Castles joins a community theatre project in Edinburgh, she begins to suspect that she has been recruited by a cult. When a fellow performer goes missing, she must risk her life to investigate…

It's a standalone story, so you can enjoy STAGE FRIGHT even if you're new to the series. And if you've enjoyed Emily's previous adventures, you will love this one!

Available in print and as an ebook.


Cover Reveal: THE FOSTER CHILD by @JennyBlackhurst #FosterChild

The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst
We're delighted to reveal the cover for the brilliant new novel from Jenny Blackhurst.

When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous.

Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she's just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss.

But Ellie's foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger...

Jenny Blackhurst is the #1 eBook bestselling author of HOW I LOST YOU, which Clare Mackintosh called 'utterly gripping' and BEFORE I LET YOU IN.

If you love Louise Jensen's THE GIFT or SK Tremayne's THE ICE TWINS you will love this.

You can pre-order The Foster Child from Amazon now.

BritCrime Writer in Residence: Introducing William Shaw #BritCrime

The Birdwatcher by William ShawWilliam Shaw is our new Writer in Residence. He will be chatting to readers on Twitter and Facebook.

The New York Times has called William Shaw’s trilogy of detective books set in late sixties London “an elegy for an entire alienated generation.” Featuring DS Cathal Breen and the brash young constable Helen Tozer, they are set against the cultural and political revolution of the times.

A Song from Dead Lips was picked by Time Out as one of the crime books of 2013; The Daily Mail hailed A House of Knives as “a distinctive British crime drama, which benefits from a clear moral sense”.

The third book in the series, A Book of Scars, was picked by The Sunday Times as their Crime Book of the Month, and subsequently as one of the picks of the year.

His new standalone novel, The Birdwatcher, is set in Kent and Northern Ireland. CJ Sansom calls it: "his best so far".

Before becoming a crime writer, William Shaw was an award-winning music journalist and the author of several non-fiction books including Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood, about a year spent with the young men of South Central Los Angeles, and A Superhero For Hire, a compilation of columns in the Observer Magazine.

Starting out as assistant editor of the post-punk magazine ZigZag, he has been a journalist for The Observer, The New York Times, Wired, Arena and The Face and was Amazon UK Music Journalist of the Year in 2003.

Please say hello to William on Twitter and Facebook this week. You can chat to him, ask him questions or let him know if you've enjoyed his books.

The Birdwatcher on Amazon