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Books in Order & Excerpts

Books in order, by series.
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Charlie Fox Series
TRIAL UNDER FIRE prequel: Before she was a bodyguard, she was a soldier… Charlie Fox is one of the toughest cookies you could ever hope to meet. Word of advice, though—don’t try to get her to talk about her time in the military. Let’s just say it didn’t end well.

KILLER INSTINCT #1: Charlie Fox teaches women to defend themselves against rapists and murderers—just like the man who comes looking for her.

RIOT ACT #2: Charlie is supposed to be dog-sitting, not leading the resistance, but what else can a girl do when her housing estate turns into an urban battlefield?

HARD KNOCKS #3: Does Major Gilby’s school in Germany specialise in training bodyguards—or killing them? When an old army comrade dies there, Charlie is sent undercover to find out.

Box Set: Charlie Fox: The Early Years: An opportunity for binge-readers to enjoy 1,185 pages of Book #1 (Killer Instinct), Book #2 (Riot Act) and Book #3 (Hard Knocks) at a discount.

FIRST DROP #4: Charlie’s first bodyguard job in Florida should have been easy—until people start dying and she and her teenage charge are forced on the run.

ROAD KILL #5: When a motorcycle ‘accident’ almost kills her best friend, Charlie promises to find out what really happened. Even if that paints a huge target on her back.

SECOND SHOT #6: New England. A young child is in danger and Charlie will risk everything to keep her safe. But this time she’s in no state to protect anyone, herself least of all.

Box Set: Charlie Fox: Bodyguard: An opportunity for binge-readers to enjoy 1,278 pages of Book #4 (First Drop), Book #5 (Road Kill) and Book #6 (Second Shot) at a discount.

THIRD STRIKE #7: What’s Charlie’s worst nightmare? A ‘bring your parents to work’ day. When her surgeon father falls foul of a pharmaceutical giant, only Charlie stands in their way.

FOURTH DAY #8: A man joins the Fourth Day cult to prove they killed his son. By the time Charlie and Sean get him out, he’s convinced otherwise. Then he dies…

FIFTH VICTIM #9: How can Charlie protect the daughter of a rich Long Island banker when the girl seems determined to put them both in harm’s way?

DIE EASY #10: A deadly hostage situation in New Orleans forces Charlie to improvise as never before. And this time she can’t rely on Sean to watch her back.

ABSENCE OF LIGHT #11: In the aftermath of an earthquake, Charlie’s working alongside a team who dig out the living and ID the dead, and hoping they won’t find out why she’s really there.

FOX HUNTER #12: Charlie can never forget the men who put a brutal end to her army career, but she swore a long time ago she would never go looking for them. Now she doesn’t have a choice.

BAD TURN #13: Charlie is out of work, out of her apartment and out of options. Why else would she be working for a shady arms dealer?

Lakes Thriller Series
DANCING ON THE GRAVE #1: A sniper with a mission, a CSI with something to prove, a young cop with nothing to lose, and a teenage girl with a terrifying obsession. The calm of the English Lake District is about to be shattered.

Audio of Dancing on the Grave:
The story begins: “It is a bad day to die… a perfect one to kill.

BONES IN THE RIVER #2: Driving on a country road, late at night, you hit a child. There are no witnesses. You have everything to lose. What do you do?

Audio of Bones in the River:
The story begins: “His eyes drifted from the road only for a second. That was all it took…”

 

Blake & Byron Series

THE LAST TIME SHE DIED: [BOOK 1] On the day of her father’s funeral, the young woman with the white-blonde hair returns, ten years after she vanished. “Don’t you recognise me?” she says. “I’m Blake.” But she can’t be. Because we killed her. Didn’t we?

Audio of The Last Time She Died
For a foretaste of the audiobook, take a few minutes to listen to Tamsin Kennard’s superb narration of the Prologue…

 

THE GIRL IN THE DARK: [BOOK 2] The woman falls. Her body begins to shake. Her brown eyes turn upwards, showing a mix of panic and desperate hope. She takes a deep breath and says one word: ‘Blake.’ Then her eyes close, her face pales, and she goes still forever…

The victim: Shannon, a woman who went out of her way to help the lost and hopeless, left abandoned to die by the side of the road. Where was she in those last few days before her death, and why was she so frightened?

The avenger: Blake Claremont, who knows only too well how it feels to be alone on the streets of a big city. Blake survived, thanks to Shannon. She’s determined to find out who killed her friend, and why.

Before she died, Shannon was searching for answers. She knew that people were going missing… never to be seen again. Now, with the help of Detective John Byron, Blake must take up Shannon’s investigation. She knows these streets and the predators who walk in the darkness. She will follow in Shannon’s footsteps until she finds her target: the ruthless men and women who steal people’s lives and will do anything to protect their secrets.

And then, they will pay.

Standalone Crime Thrillers
THE BLOOD WHISPERER: Six years ago CSI Kelly Jacks woke next to a butchered body with the knife in her hands and no memory of what happened. She trusted the evidence would prove her innocence. It didn’t. Is history now repeating itself?

Audio of The Blood Whisperer
Treat yourself to a six-minute audio taster from Chapter 91 of this tense crime thriller.

 

AN ITALIAN JOB (John Lawton & Zoë Sharp): Former soldiers Gina and Jack are about to discover that love is far deadlier the second time around.

Short Story Collection
FOX FIVE RELOADED: Charlie Fox. In short bites. With sharp teeth.
Meet Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox—ex-Special Forces soldier turned self-defence expert and bodyguard—protagonist of Zoë Sharp’s award-winning, highly acclaimed crime thriller series. (Note, the first five stories in this collection were published in the original Charlie Fox short story collection, Fox Five).

In A Bridge Too Far, we meet Charlie Fox before she’s become a professional in the world of close protection. When she agrees to hang out with the local Dangerous Sports Club, she has no idea how soon it will live up to its name.

Postcards From Another Country has Charlie Fox guarding the ultra-rich Dempsey family against attempted assassination—no matter where the danger lies.

A finalist for the CWA Short Story Dagger, Served Cold puts another tough woman centre stage—the mysterious Layla, with betrayal in her past and murder in her heart.

Off Duty finds Charlie Fox taking time away from close protection after injury. She still finds trouble, even in an out-of-season health spa in the Catskill Mountains.

A longer story than the others, Truth And Lies puts all Charlie Fox’s skills and ingenuity to the test as she has to single-handedly extract a news team from a rapidly escalating war zone.

And now, for Fox Five Reloaded, there are another FOUR Charlie Fox stories included.

In Across The Broken Line, we follow Charlie Fox through a fragmented timescale of cross and double-cross as she fights to keep her principal alive—whoever that might turn out to be.

Taking on the bad guys is hard enough for Charlie Fox in the real world, never mind in the alternate reality of Kill Me Again Slowly, where literally anything could happen. (Originally included in the Anthony Award-winning anthology, Murder Under The Oaks.)

In Risk Assessment, a serial killer’s method of selecting his victims is immaculately conceived and carried out with ruthless precision and seemingly nothing left to chance. But sometimes even the most carefully thought-out plans can go awry.

And finally, Hounded is my take on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic, Hound Of The Baskervilles. This was originally written for the anthology For The Sake Of The Game, short stories inspired by the Sherlock Holmes’ canon. My version brings Holmes into modern day and into contact with Charlie Fox. But Charlie isn’t on the moors to hunt the infamous hound. She has altogether different prey in mind…