12 years, 10 books, 1 central character—until now!
The uncanny abilities of London crime-scene specialist Kelly Jacks to coax evidence from the most unpromising of crime scenes once earned her the nickname of The Blood Whisperer.
Then six years ago all that changed.
Kelly woke next to the butchered body of a man, the knife in her hands and no memory of what happened.
She trusted the evidence would prove her innocent.
Now, plunged into the nightmare of being branded a killer once again, Kelly is soon on the run from police, Russian thugs and a local gangster. But Kelly acquired a whole new set of skills on the inside. Now street-smart and wary, can she use everything she’s learned to evade capture and stay alive long enough to clear her name?
A major earthquake sees Charlie Fox on a transport plane headed for the scene of devastation. Tasked as security advisor to the specialist team at the centre of relief efforts, Charlie knows it won’t be easy. The team members are willing to put themselves in constant danger as a matter of course. But what other risks are they prepared to take?
Told that her predecessor died during their last outing in South America, Charlie’s been instructed to quietly investigate if his death was as accidental as the official verdict suggests. If it was an accident, why are they so obviously lying to her?
Charlie must move with care through a shifting landscape to find the answers before there are more than just earthquake victims buried in the rubble. And when disaster strikes she will learn not only who she can trust, but if she can survive the darkness that comes with a total absence of light.
Rules of Engagement is a standalone short story first published in the CWA anthology, Original Sins, edited by Martin Edwards. It too features a strong female protagonist—paparazza photographer Angel Cain
Angel is used to bending the rules to get the covert shot she’s after. But when she makes a nasty discovery while sneaking around a country estate trying to capture the ‘Wedding of the Year’ she realises that some rules just cry out to be bust wide open.
Rules of Engagement includes the first 22 percent of the new standalone crime thriller, The Blood Whisperer.
Try it before you buy it!
First, I’ll be appearing at Bloody Scotland, the vibrant new litfest in Stirling (weekend, September 14-15th). I'm sharing a panel with fellow crime novelist Julia Crouch on the Saturday. Our panel—which I look forward to with some trepidation— is on 'Thrilling Tales and Psychological Twists' and is chaired by noted criminologist, Professor David Wilson.
Then it's straight off to Albany, New York, for Bouchercon 2013 (A New York State of Crime, September 19th-22nd). I'm taking part in a panel on Thursday, 19th: 'You're Only Human—Secret Powers and other little-known talents that would make us great Super Heroes (or Villains).' I'm also moderating a panel on Friday, 20th: 'Running on Ice—Adrenaline-driven Stories.'
Bouchercon is always a blast and I look forward to meeting many friends, old and new.
I'm off to Iceland Noir (Reykjavik, November 21st-24th), the country's first festival of crime fiction and my first visit to a country which I have always longed to explore. Not only does the event offer a varied, well-chosen literary feast but the organisers are also arranging tours of some of Iceland's unique features—volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and whale watching— and hopefully a grandstand display of the Northern Lights.
I'm taking part in two panels on Saturday, 23rd, both with an intriguing mix of UK and Icelandic authors, so the discussion promises a truly cosmopolitan flavour:
I'll be blogging my impressions of the whole event on my return, so watch this space!
The Charlie Fox Thriller Series . . .
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