Recent & upcoming UK book releases
RECKONING (Silver Blackthorn 1)
READ THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS HERE.
In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
But these are uncertain times and no-one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?
Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .
- Available as an ebook in the UK via: UK Kindle – Google Play – iBookstore – Kobo – WH Smith
- Available as a paperback in the UK via: Amazon – Book Depository – Guardian Bookshop – Mail Bookshop – Pan Macmillan – Telegraph Bookshop – Waterstones – WH Smith
- Available as a hardback in the USA via: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Book Depository
Spinning out from the pages of Playing With Fire (Jessica Daniel 5)…
Nicholas Carr disappeared on his 18th birthday and the world has moved on. His girlfriend has gone to university, his friends have got jobs, the police have other things to look into.
But his father, Richard, is still stuck on the three fingers the police dug up from a sodden Manchester wood. What happened to Nicholas on the night he disappeared and why did he never come home?
Private investigator Andrew Hunter is Nicholas’s last hope – but Andrew has his own problems. There’s something about his assistant that isn’t quite right. Jenny’s brilliant but reckless and he can’t work out what she gets from their working relationship. By the time he figures out who’s a danger and who’s not, it might all be too late…
Long before Jessica Daniel became a police officer, Manchester was once a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorising its inhabitants.
Twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic over the milestone but Jessica has a new panic to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only she and her team could find him…
It’s the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets – so many secrets – that should have long been buried.
Following the events of Behind Closed Doors, Crossing The Line marks a new beginning with Season Two of the Jessica Daniel series.
SCARRED FOR LIFE (Jessica Daniel Season 2, Book 2)
Jessica Daniel is not having a good week. Her wallet’s been nicked, the refurbished incident room is already falling apart, and a new football-mad constable is driving her crazy.
She also has bigger things on her mind. A student’s body has been dumped in a wheelie bin at the back of a university building, with a vague link to an Olympic medallist and a theory that it could have been an induction gone wrong.
There’s the tattooed shop raider who has her team stumped; someone attacking lone women; a chief inspector who seems to have a problem with her; and someone putting letters through her front door insisting that she’s caught “the wrong man”.
Worlds are colliding for Jessica – and, if she’s not careful, someone close to her might not make it out in one piece.
Silver Blackthorn is on the run.
All she wants is to be reunited with her family and friends in her sleepy northern village but there is no time to think about herself: 11 other teenagers are looking to her for a plan.
With the country searching for Silver, she has to keep her friends from the clutches of the Minister Prime, the King and his Kingsmen.
Now that everyone knows her name, she can run; she can hide – but should she fight?
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN
‘I’m going to do you a favour: I’m going to tell you my name and then I’m going to give you thirty seconds to turn and run. If any of you are still here after those thirty seconds, then we’re going to have a problem.’
Jason Green’s life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss Harry Irwell. From there, he is drawn into Manchester’s underworld, where stomping into a newsagents and smashing the place up is as normal as making a cup of tea.
But Jason isn’t a casual thug: he has a plan that doesn’t involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is until a woman walks into his life offering one thing that money can’t buy – salvation.