The Mystery of Four: Coming January 2023

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I’m very excited that early copies of my new thriller THE MYSTERY OF FOUR, which will be hitting bookshops in January 2023, are arriving with readers and reviewers! This one is a little different to my previous books – it gives a nod to golden age fiction and was influenced by Agatha Christie’s Murder is Easy.

It’s set in Kilfenora House, a country house estate high in the Wicklow Mountains, during a very hot summer, and features a very grumpy black cat called Merlin who some of you will recognise from my social media – he’s my son Sam’s rescue cat, and plays himself, right down to his hissing and spitting and ability to open doors…

THE MYSTERY OF FOUR was originally inspired by Amanda Lees brilliant book The Dictionary of Crime:

Here’s the blurb:

Murder is easy … when it doesn’t look like murder.

Tess Morgan has finally made her dream of restoring beautiful Kilfenora House and Gardens into a reality. But the week before the grand opening, her dream turns into a nightmare when a devastating accident looks set to ruin her carefully laid plans. There are rumours that Kilfenora House is cursed, but this feels personal, and increasingly terrifying, as people begin to die in a pattern that mirrors past events.

Could Tess herself be in danger? Clarissa Westmacott, ex star of stage and screen, certainly believes so, particularly when she discovers that someone has been picking purple-flowered aconite in the Poison Garden. And Clarissa will stop at nothing to protect the friend she has come to see as a daughter…

I hope you enjoy this one!

Available to pre-order now, it’ll be sure to banish the January chills when it lands in your letter box!

Can you unravel the Mystery of Four? Grab your copy here:

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Huge thanks to author Roz Watkins for sharing this perfect photo of the proof copy arriving in Cornwall!

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