Upcoming books in the UK
RECKONING (Silver Blackthorn 1)
May 22, 2014 (UK, Australia, Canada);
July 1, 2014 (USA):
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 to pre-order as an ebook in the UK via: UK Kindle
- Available to pre-order as a paperback in the UK via: Amazon – Book Depository – Guardian Bookshop – Mail Bookshop – Pan Macmillan – Telegraph Bookshop – Waterstones
- Available to pre-order as a hardback in the USA via: Amazon – Barnes & Noble
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…
CROSSING THE LINE (Jessica Daniel 8)
September 11, 2014:
Nitric acid, baseball bats and HIV-filled syringes: People are being attacked publicly by a masked figure in the centre of Manchester and Jessica Daniel doesn’t know how to catch the person responsible.
Not that she’ll get much help from the media – it is twenty-five years since the notorious Stretford Slasher was caught and those who can remember it are feeling nostalgic.
With the city held in a wintry grip, Jessica has a caseload stacking up and an old friend to look after – all while she wilts under the shadow of secrets a quarter-of-a-century old.
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.
SCARRED FOR LIFE (Jessica Daniel 9)
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 which went 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.
RENEGADE (Silver Blackthorn 2)
May 2015 (UK, Australia, Canada);
Summer 2015 (USA):
[It's a secret!]