We are always delighted to hear about local writing success – and this year we have two debut authors to celebrate. Jane Bettany (also one of our Festival volunteers) won the HQ and Gransnet's writing prize for unpublished women writers aged over 40.
In Cold Blood is a gripping police procedural – definitely one for fans of Vera! As the Whitworth family begin renovations on their new home, their plans are brought to an abrupt end when they discover a body buried in the back garden.
DI Isabel Blood and her team are called to investigate, but as she approaches Ecclesdale Drive, a feeling of unease settles in her gut. The house is where she lived as a child - and from which her father vanished 40 years ago. The forensic team estimate that the body has been in the ground for up to 40 years.
Helen Cooper’s debut, The Downstairs Neighbour, is a twisty thriller that you won't want to put down! In a converted Georgian townhouse in south west London, three families live under one roof: on the top floor, happily married Paul and Steph and their bubbly teenage daughter Freya; on the first floor, Emma, who spends most of her time alone, listening to people coming in and out of the building. And the basement flat belongs to Chris, a local driving instructor, who prefers to keep his personal life private from the neighbours.
But their lives are all upended when Freya vanishes. As the police become involved it becomes clear that the truth behind Freya’s disappearance may lie closer to home than they were expecting.
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