Panel 8: Skeletons in the Closet: 4pm–6pm, Sunday 12 July #BritCrime

4pm–6pm UK Time | 11am–1pm EST
Sunday 12 July
Live Q&A with the authors hosted on our Facebook page
Tammy Cohen: First One Missing

A page-turning pyschological thriller... 

There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter is murdered:
 - You are haunted by her memory day and night
- Even close friends can't understand what you are going through.
- Only in a group with mothers of other victims can you find real comfort.

But as the bereaved parents gather to offer support in the wake of another killing, a crack appears in the group that threatens to rock their lives all over again.

Welcome to the club no one wants to join.

Tammy Cohen, who also writes as Tamar, worked as a journalist for twenty years before turning to fiction. Her novels are The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives, Someone Else’s Wedding, The Broken, Dying For Christmas and First One Missing.
Julia Crouch: The Long Fall

How far would you go to protect your secrets? 

Greece, 1980
Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but an innocent bystander. She is only eighteen, but this marks her fall from innocence. It will haunt her for the rest of her life.

London, now
Kate has the perfect existence: a glossy image, a glamorous home, a perfect family. But there are cracks. All is not what it seems. And now the two worlds are about to collide. Somebody's out for revenge. Someone who has been waiting thirty years...

After a long and varied career as a theatre director, playwright, teacher, graphic and website designer, Julia Crouch finally started writing when her third child started school full time. She coined the term Domestic Noir to describe the sub-genre of her four novels, Cuckoo, Every Vow You Break, Tarnished and The Long Fall, which all have at their heart the terrible things we do to one another in the name of love.
Amanda Jennings:  The Judas Scar

Scars. We all carry them. Some are mere scratches. Others run deeper... 

At a school rife with bullying, Will and his best friend Luke are involved in a horrific incident that results in Luke leaving.

Twenty-five years later their paths cross again and memories of Will's painful childhood come flooding back to haunt him. His wife, Harmony, who is struggling after a miscarriage that has hit her hard, wishes Will would open up about his experiences. But while Will withdraws further, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic stranger from her husband s past, and soon all three are caught in a tangled web of guilt, desire, betrayal and revenge.

Amanda Jennings lives just outside Henley-on-Thames with her husband, three daughters and a menagerie of pets. She has worked at the BBC and as a special needs teaching assistant. Her first book, Sworn Secret, was a bestseller in the UK, US and Italy. The Judas Scar is optioned by a television production company.
Sarah Ward: In Bitter Chill

A story about loss and family secrets, and how often the very darkest secrets are those that are closest to you...  

Bampton, Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found.

Thirty years later: Sophie Jenkins's mother commits suicide. Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her and move on with her life. But news of the suicide re-opens old wounds and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago. 

Sarah Ward is an online book reviewer whose blog, Crimepieces, reviews the best of current crime fiction. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels. Sarah lives in rural Derbyshire where her debut novel, In Bitter Chill, to be published by Faber, is set.

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