Bones in the RiverBONES IN THE RIVER: Book 2 of new Lakes Trilogy—pre-order now, start reading on 26th May!

Pre-order BONES IN THE RIVER now, and be one of the first to start reading it on 26th May. Until launch date, the price will be at the discount price of £3.99.

Try before you buy…
Readers tell me that, by the time they’ve read a couple of chapters of a new book, they’ve already decided whether to read the full story. I see that as a personal challenge, so here’s your chance to try BONES IN THE RIVER before you decide to buy­—read the jacket copy and the first three chapters. It will take you less than ten minutes, so not a huge chunk out of your day.

When I wrote DANCING ON THE GRAVE, introducing newly-qualified CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston, I intended it to be a standalone title. But the response from readers and reviewers was unanimous—“You can’t leave it there!” So, I've decided to create the Lakes Thriller trilogy, three separate stories exploring their relationships with each other and with those involved in the crimes they encounter, all set in my own home territory, the glorious English Lake District.

Why a trilogy, not a series?
The second book of the trilogy, BONES IN THE RIVER, is another self-contained story that does not require the reader to have met Grace and Nick already in the previous instalment. The book is set in the same area, with quite a few returning characters as well as new ones. Like DANCING, this story is told partly from the perspective of Grace and of Nick, but also from other viewpoints.

And, if the response to BONES and Book 3 (which I'm already working on) is as good as for the first novel, there will be more to follow. But, to start with, I wanted to keep it to a containable amount and take it from there. It’s all down to the reaction of you, my readers.


The annual Appleby Horse Fair hosts the largest gathering of Gypsies and Travellers in Europe.

The sudden influx of more than 40,000 visitors into the small Lakeland town has always caused its share of problems, with strained relations between off-comers and locals.

But it’s also known as a good time to settle old scores.

This year, the Fair brings with it the discovery of two bodies near the River Eden—one very recent and another a long time buried.

As CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston search for answers, old secrets are revealed, old wounds are reopened, and tensions threaten to erupt into violence.

While someone much closer to home is trying to get away with murder…

Pre-order BONES IN THE RIVER now, for delivery on 26th May. Until launch date, the price will be at the discount price of £3.99.

Dancing on the GraveDANCING ON THE GRAVE: Book 1 of new Lakes Trilogy

DANCING ON THE GRAVE, the opening book in the Lakes Trilogy, is your chance to meet CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston in their original joint venture, tracking down a killer on the loose in the Lake District.

It’s the tale of a sniper with a mission, a young cop with nothing to lose, a rookie CSI with everything to prove, and a lonely, loveless teenage girl with a terrifying obsession.

Praised by readers, lavishly reviewed
This introductory outing for Grace and Nick has been highly praised by readers and lavishly reviewed. Ace reviewer Ted Hertel Jr, writing in Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine, said:

Creating suspense from the opening right through to the bloody denouement, Sharp knows how to keep readers turning the pages. She understands people and what drives them to act, weapons and how they work, action and how to write it… This is a straightforward, no holds barred thriller. No one writes this kind of thing better than Zoë Sharp.

Click here to read the reviews of DANCING ON THE GRAVE by the discerning readers of Goodreads.

Buy DANCING ON THE GRAVE in eBook, hardcover, paperback and large print from your usual retailer, as well as in CD Audio and MP3 download, superbly related by Lewis Hancock. In eBook formats, it's available at a discount price of only £2.99 until the launch of BONES in May.

Please note: DANCING ON THE GRAVE was first published as a standalone title in 2018. It has been given an updated cover design in line with its new role as the first of the Lakes Crime Thriller Trilogy.

If you want to be sure you keep up to date with McColl and Weston, and to hear news of Book 3 in the Lakes Trilogy, be sure to sign up for my newsletter.

Bad TurnBAD TURN (#13): try before you buy the latest Charlie Fox

They say that if you read the first three chapters of BAD TURN, you’ll definitely want to read the rest.  One reader, a newcomer to the Charlie Fox series, says she didn't need to get as far as Chapter Three—she was convinced by the time she came to the end of that explosive first chapter.

Why don’t you read those opening three chapters now and make up your own mind?

Read Chapters One, Two, Three of BAD TURN

If BAD TURN passes your Three-Chapter Test, you’ll be in excellent company. Like this reviewer, who writes:

“Sharp has written one of the most dramatic and compelling opening chapters I have read in a long time. From the explosive opening pages to the unmasking of the villain, Bad Turn kept me up late into the night following the plot twists and revelling in Charlie’s latest exploits… I recommend it.”

Are you willing to risk being kept up late into the night? Order BAD TURN now, and begin reading right away!

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