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Blog Tour: A Very English Murder by Verity Bright (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery Book 1)

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Thursday, 9 April 2020
A Very English Murder by Verity Bright


Thanks to Sarah from Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for A Very English Murder by Verity Bright.

Title: A Very English Murder
Author: Verity Bright
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 7 April 2020

Blurb


Move over Miss Marple, there’s a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady… daring detective?

England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic forty-five-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities – she’s now a Lady.

Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncle’s home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. What’s a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing…

But then, from the edge of a quarry, through the driving rain, Eleanor is shocked to see a man shot and killed in the distance. Before she can climb down to the spot, the villain is gone and the body has vanished. With no victim and the local police convinced she’s stirring up trouble, Eleanor vows to solve this affair by herself. And when her brakes are mysteriously cut, one thing seems sure: someone in this quiet country town has Lady Eleanor Swift in their murderous sights…


If you enjoy witty dialogue, glamorous intrigue and the very best of Golden Age mysteries, then you will adore Verity Bright’s unputdownable whodunnit, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Downton Abbey!
  

Review


I love a good murder mystery and A Very English Murder did not disappoint. It is the first book in a new historical 'cosy' crime series focused around Lady Eleanor Swift. Lady Eleanor has recently returned to Henley Hall following the death of her uncle. In addition to inheriting Henley Hall, Lady Eleanor also finds herself in possession of an elderly bulldog named Gladstone and her uncle's stern butler, Clifford.

When a stroll around the local area results in Lady Eleanor witnessing a murder, she is dismayed to discover that the body has gone missing and the police don't take her report seriously. Lady Eleanor is  determined to prove to the police that a murder did take place by identifying the body and solving the murder herself.

The reader is then led on a merry journey as Lady Eleanor cavorts around the countryside investigating the murder, ably assisted by the long-suffering Clifford. They really are a great pairing. Lady Eleanor is clever, impulsive and not particularly subtle, traits which will undoubtedly lead her into trouble. In comparison, Clifford is steady, thoughtful and diplomatic - a perfect foil for Lady Eleanor's more outspoken character.

The story also touches briefly on the class system in the early 1900's and it is endearing to see how the servants at Henley Hall take Lady Eleanor under their wing and quickly make her feel like one of the Henley Hall family. 

The characters really are very appealing and I'm looking forward to book number 2 in order to learn more about Clifford and Lady Eleanor's deceased uncle and to see how the relationship between Lady Eleanor and Lancelot develops. Will there be romance in the air...?

I found A Very English Murder to be very engaging. It's lighthearted, humorous entertaining and perfect for fans of cosy historical mysteries (which I am!).  

About the Author


Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.

Contact Links:
Website: veritybright.com
Twitter: @brightverity
Facebook: @veritybrightauthor

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Book Review: 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

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Saturday, 4 April 2020
18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

Today is our stop on the blog tour for 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb. Thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours and Octopus Books for inviting me to take part.

Title: 18 Tiny Deaths
Author: Bruce Goldfarb
Publisher:  Octopus Books
Publication Date: 2 April 2020

Blurb

'For most of human history, sudden and unexpected deaths of a suspicious nature, when they were investigated at all, were examined by lay persons without any formal training. People often got away with murder. Modern forensic investigation originates with Frances Glessner Lee - a pivotal figure in police science.' 

18 Tiny Deaths is the remarkable story of how one woman changed the face of murder investigation forever. 

Born in 1878, Frances Glessner Lee’s world was set to be confined to the domestic sphere. She was never expected to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she was to become known as ‘the mother of forensic science’. 

This is her story. 

Frances Glessner Lee’s mission was simple: she wanted to train detectives to ‘convict the guilty, clear the innocent and find the truth in a nutshell’. This was a time of widespread corruption, amateur sleuthing and bungled cases. With the help of her friend, the pioneering medical examiner George Magrath, Frances set out to revolutionise police investigation. 

Her relentless pursuit of justice led her to create ‘The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’, a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas depicting actual cases in exquisitely minute detail that Lee used to teach homicide investigators. 

They were first used in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s, and then became part of the longest running and still the highest regarded police training seminar in America. 

Celebrated the world over by scientists, artists and miniaturists, these macabre scenes helped to establish her legendary reputation as ‘the mother of modern forensics’, influencing people the world over, including Scotland Yard. 


Frances wanted justice for all. She became instrumental in elevating murder investigation to a scientific discipline.

Review

This book is something a bit different to my usual picks. I don't generally read a lot of non-fiction, however I was intrigued by this one. Despite being a huge fan of crime fiction, I had never heard of Frances Glassner Lee until earlier this year when I received an email from the Killer Women Festival organisers asking me to pick my options for the festival talks. One of those options was a workshop relating to the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths. This intrigued me and following a bit more research, I discovered that The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths are a series of nineteen intricately designed dollhouse-style dioramas created by Frances Glessner Lee in the mid 1900's. Those dioramas were based around 19 different crime scenes and were developed to assist in the teaching of 'Legal Medicine'. They were created to help medical examiners learn how to examine a crime scene and how to identify possible evidence. It really is absolutely fascinating.  

When I received the email from Random Book Tours inviting me to take part in the blog tour for 18 Tiny Deaths, I jumped at the chance to learn more about Glessner Lee and what motivated her to become such a pioneer of forensic medicine, particularly in an era in which the medical field would be dominated by men and in which legal (or forensic) medicine was still in its infancy.

As I mention above, I don't tend to read much non-fiction, generally preferring more high-octane thrillers. It therefore took me a bit of time to adjust myself to reading a slower paced and more studious style of book. However I did find the whole subject to be interesting and thought-provoking. Glessner Lee really was a pioneer in the field, providing the funding and gravitas required to reinvent the entire US forensic medical system. In providing significant funding to Harvard University and with strict terms to be followed for use of that endowment, as Goldfarb suggests, Glessner Lee was instrumental in creating an entirely new field of medical practice and it is really quite astonishing to think that her work and techniques are still used by teachers today.  

Aside from her interest in forensic medicine, I was intrigued to read about Glessner Lee's love of miniatures. This started with a miniature of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra created for her mother and even led to a 10-performance Finger Tip Theatre show in which Glessner Lee's fore- and middle fingers undertook an entire performance whilst clothed in tiny costumes, raising money for a local charity.  It was this interest in miniatures which came to Glessner Lee's mind when pondering the question of how to teach students how to really observe a crime scene and which ultimately led to the production of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths, a project to which Glessner Lee spared no expense or effort.

In fact, I was hugely surprised to read that today in the US, there are still 2,342 separate death-investigation systems with no federal laws or national standards to regulate how unexplained deaths should be investigated. It seems, therefore, that the field of forensic medicine may still be in its infancy now. I wonder what Glessner Lee would make of the developments in forensic medicine today and what she would think of the continuing lack of consistency in this field across the US.

Thanks to Goldfarb and Octopus books for providing me with an ARC of 18 Tiny Deaths and enabling me to learn more about Glessner Lee and her fascinating Nutshell Studies.

About the Author

Bruce Goldfarb
Bruce Goldfard is the executive assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Maryland, US, where the  Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death' are housed. He is the public information officer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and trained as a forensic investigator.

Bruce began his career as a paramedic before becoming an award-winning journalist reporting on medicine, science and health. Through his work with the Nutshell Studies, Bruce earned the trust of Frances Glessner Lee's family and caretakers of her estate and was designated Lee's officient biographer.




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Twitter: @bruce_goldfarb
Facebook: @brucegoldfarb


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Blog Tour: When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020
When Life gives you Lemons by Fiona Gibson


Title: When Life gives you Lemons
Author: Fiona Gibson
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: 5 March 2020

Today it's our turn on the blog tour for Fiona Gibson's latest release, When Life gives you Lemons.

Blurb

Sometimes life can be bittersweet . . .

Between tending to the whims of her seven-year-old and the demands of her boss, Viv barely gets a moment to herself. It’s not quite the life she wanted, but she hasn’t run screaming for the hills yet.

But then Viv’s husband Andy makes his mid-life crisis her problem. He’s having an affair with his (infuriatingly age-appropriate) colleague, a woman who – unlike Viv – doesn’t put on weight when she so much as glances at a cream cake.

Viv suddenly finds herself single, with zero desire to mingle. Should she be mourning the end of life as she knows it, or could this be the perfect chance to put herself first?


When life gives you lemons, lemonade just won’t cut it. Bring on the gin!

Review

For women, hormonal fluctuations are one of life's biggest and most continuous challenges. So, I imagine that when your hormones go into overdrive once more as you reach the end of your childbearing years, the last thing you want is for your husband to hit his mid-life crisis at the same time!!  

The characters are the stars of this story. Viv brings to mind the old saying about a duck - calm on the outside whilst her feet are kicking like crazy under the surface. Despite finding herself suddenly single, virtually mid-point through a menopausal hot flush, she admirably manages to continue being a great mother to the precocious Izy, a good friend and neighbour and a reliable employee. There may be the occasional blip in her usual good sense (such as a crazy and very amusing omelette-related midnight mission), yet she proves with good grace how, when life throws you a hurdle, you can get through it and move forwards. A positive message for anyone! Her former-model/designer friend Penny is an absolute hoot (life will never be boring with friends life her) and even young menace, Ludo, adds some sparks of humour to the tale.

The author deals with an emotive topic (the falling apart of a family) in a sensitive way. It does not avoid the heartbreak and awkwardness evoked by separation and divorce, yet it sends a warm and positive message about making the most of an unexpected situation. I found it particularly interesting to witness Viv's realisation that her marriage had unwittingly muted/minimised certain parts of her personality, causing her to become almost a shadow of her former self.  It  was very satisfying to watch Viv find her foothold as a strong and single woman, realising her own capabilities.

When Life gives you Lemons is enjoyable, easy, lighthearted and fun. It was the perfect read for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Thank you to Avon for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

About the Author

Fiona Gibson
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Fiona Gibson is a Sunday Times bestselling author and journalist. She started working on teen magazine Jackie at age 17, the went on to join Just Seventeen and More! where she invested the infamous 'Position of the Fortnight'. Fiona now lives in Scotland with her husband Jimmy, their three children and a wayward rescue collie cross called Jack. 

Contact Links:
Website: www.fionagibson.com
Twitter: @fionagibson
Instagram: @fiona_gib
Facebook: @fionagibsonauthor





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Blog Tour - The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica

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Saturday, 7 March 2020
The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica

I'm excited to be one of today's stop on the blog tour for The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica, published by HQ from Harper Collins Publishers.

Title: The Other Mrs
Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 18 February 2020

Blurb


When Sadie moves with her husband Will and their two children to a tiny coastal town, it’s a fresh start. Will swears the affair he was having back in the city is over and Sadie believes him. But their new beginning is tainted when a local woman is murdered, leaving Sadie convinced there’s a killer in their midst.

Hot-headed, beautiful Camille is obsessively in love with Will. She’s even prepared to follow him thousands of miles to stake out his new home in secret – and in doing so, becomes the only witness to a brutal crime.


But who is Camille really, and what is her connection to the dead woman? And as the murder investigation deepens, whose secret will be revealed as the darkest of them all?

Review

This was the first book I've read from author, Mary Kubica, and I was not disappointed.

The Other Mrs is a wonderfully tense and unsettling part-domestic/psychological thriller and part-murder mystery. Set on a small island off the coast of Maine in the dead of winter, with the action taking place predominantly in a creepy old house, this is the perfect setting to ramp up the tension. The setting adds a sense of isolation and oppression.

The characters are an interesting and pretty unlikeable selection. Whilst outward appearances are that of a close knit family, we quickly learn that the family have arrived on the island each carrying their own emotional baggage. This move should be the new start that they need, however the reader will quickly become aware that within this dysfunctional family things aren't quite as they seem...

The story is told via three narrators - Sadie, Camille and a young girl called Mouse, which adds additional layers and intrigue to the story. I initially thought I knew how Mouse fitted into the tale, however the author provides a number of twists, turns and red-herrings that had me frequently double-guessing what I thought I knew.

It is hard to talk about this novel without giving away too much, however the story deals with some dark themes such as death, grief, mental illness and control. It looks at the devastating impact that secrets can have and considers how far loyalty can be stretched.

The book is chilling, dark and tense, full of intrigue, twists and misdirection. It grabbed my attention from the start and kept me hooked right up to the satisfyingly shocking conclusion. A creepy and entertaining read!

Huge thanks to the publisher for inviting me to be on the blog tour and for providing an advanced copy of the book for review.

About the Author


Mary Kubica
Mary Kubica is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including THE GOOD GIRL. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children.









Contact Links
Website - www.marykubica.com
Twitter - @MaryKubica
Instagram - @marykubica
Facebook - @MaryKubicaAuthor

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A Year in the Chateau by Sarah Long

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Tuesday, 3 March 2020
A Year in the Chateau by Sarah Long


Title: A Year in the Chateau
Author: Sarah Long
Publisher: Zaffre Books
Publication Date: 5 March 2020

Blurb


When Nicola's husband, Dominic, retires they decide not to spend their days finding hobbies to fill the time until Countdown is on. Instead, they fulfil their life-long fantasy of buying a country house and filling it with their dearest friends. Reliving their youth and spending their children's inheritance.

Joined by seven of their friends they club together to invest in a château in Normandy. Group dinners, fine wine, beautiful scenery - they're living the dream!

But la vie en rose is harder than it first appears. Is there a reason why only teenagers take gap years?


Review

A Year in the Chateau is a lighthearted and entertaining tale following 9 friends as they move to a run down chateau in the French countryside, looking for a new pace of life as they reach/approach retirement age. As you can imagine, their adventure is not all wine, Camembert and roses. Not only do they have  dodgy plumbing and a leaky roof to contend with, there's also the elderly former owner of the chateau who has no qualms in pinching anything that isn't nailed down! As the friends come to terms with mounting expenses and simmering tensions, they can't help but ponder whether their plan of an idyllic French life was too good to be true...

The author has provided a great cast for the story. From fusty academics, Dougie and Mary, to flamboyant designed Leo and social-media wannabe Fizz, they certainly are an eclectic mix and it is great fun getting to know each of the characters in turn. As the story flows, there are interesting changes in dynamic within the group as those characters find their place within their new household.

There are a few twists and turns within the plot which held my attention as the story meandered gently along. If I'm being completely honest, there were a few points within the story where something struck me as being somewhat unrealistic (such as whether the characters would really have bought a crumbling chateau in foreign lands without a full survey), however those issues were few and far between, and did not affect my overall enjoyment of the book. 

A Year in the Chateau was the perfect choice for a lazy Sunday morning and I think it would make a great holiday read, particularly if vacationing in France. It is an easy and enjoyable read, which left me glued to my computer as I googled "French chateaus for sale"!!

Thanks to Zaffre Books for providing an advanced copy of this book for review.

About the Author


Sarah Long
Sarah Long was raised in Essex, educated at Oxford and worked in publishing before moving to Paris with her husband and young children. She now lives in London with the same husband and most of her adult children, at the midlife stage that inspired her new novel Invisible Women.

She is the author of two previous novels, And What Do You Do? and The Next Best Thing, as well as Le Dossier of Hortense de Monplaisir or How to Survive the English, a helpful guide to understanding the ways of the British, as seen through the eyes of her snobbish Parisian alter ego.

Although now back in the motherland, she has failed to leave France behind, and spends as much time as possible at her house in rural Normandy, making jam, digging things up and watching the wildlife which often ends up, uninvited, indoors.



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My One True North by Milly Johnson

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Monday, 2 March 2020
My One True North by Milly Johnson

Title: My One True North
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 5 March 2020

Blurb

Laurie and Pete should never have met.
But fate has pushed them together for a reason.

Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners. 
Struggling to manage the grief, they join the same counselling group - and meet each other.

From their sadness, Pete and Laurie find happiness growing and they sense a fresh new beginning. Except, the more they talk, the more they begin to spot the strange parallels in their stories.
Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything.

But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart.

My One True North is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, teashops on corners and the northern lights.

Review

I have enjoyed a number of Milly Johnson's previous books and this latest one, My One True North, is yet another great offering.

Milly's writing is quite simply marvellous. Despite the book focusing on the sobering themes of loss and grief, it nevertheless manages to be an uplifting story. Certain parts of the book caused me to well up with tears imagining Laurie and Pete's heartbreak and loneliness, and in the next moment I would find myself laughing out loud at the antics of the Daily Trumpet reporters. 

The characters are well done. I was particularly fascinated by Alex and Tara. Two people who were on the brink of causing so much heartbreak and yet the author has been surprisingly generous in her characterisations and I found myself having some sympathy with their situation, despite the hurt they have left behind. Whilst Laurie and Pete are great protagonists, both warm and generous and absolutely deserving of happiness, it was some of the supporting characters who really caught my attention, from the awful Reid and Cora, Alan the editor of the Daily Trumpet and Griff, Pete's twin brother - the author introduces the reader to a range of appealing and believable characters.

I enjoyed the book very much. It is a heartwarming, entertaining and uplifting tale of love, secrets and loss, truly a love story with a twist.

Big thanks to Sara-Jade at Simon and Schuster UK for providing me with a copy of My One True North.

About the Author

Milly Johnson
Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire A Sunday Times bestseller, she is one of the Top 10 Female Fiction authors in the UK, and with millions of copies of her books sold across the world, Milly's star continues to rise. Milly was chosen as one of the authors for The Reading Agency's Quick Reads 2020 campaign. My One True North is her seventeenth novel. Milly writes from the heart about what and where she knows and highlights the importance of community spirit. Her books champion women, their strength and resilience, and celebrate love, friendship and the possibility of second changes. She is an exceptional writer who puts her heart and soul into every book she writes and every character she creates.


Contact Links:
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Instagram - @themillyjohnson


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Blog Tour: Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger

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Saturday, 15 February 2020

Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger


It’s my stop on the Death Deserved blog tour and a big thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to take part and for the ARC.

Title: Death Deserved
Author: Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 15 January 2020 (e-pub); 20 February 2020 (paperback)

Blurb

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.

Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing persons’ investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…

Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flair for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.

Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…

My Review

Death Deserved is the result of a collaboration between two of Norway’s top crime writers, Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger, and one which was bound to be a success (how could it not be with two such brilliant authors involved?!).

In Death Deserved, a missing person case involving a former athlete soon turns into the pursuit of a serial killer who seems to be targeting celebrities.  Police inspectors Alexander Blix and Sofia Kovic race against the clock, with the help of their team and celebrity journalist Emma Ramm, to stop the killer from striking again, however they always seem to be trailing one step behind the merciless killer…

The book commences with an attention-grabbing prologue from 1999 before moving quickly to an absolutely gripping, fast-paced story crime thriller and culminating in an explosive finale. The book is clever, well-plotted and compelling. The characters are likeable, the plot is convincing plot and I appreciated the few red-herrings thrown in along the way. I was convinced that I knew which way the story was going to go, yet I was entirely wrong! I do love a book that manages to surprise me.

The writing is simply marvellous, gaining momentum and building up the tension page by page as our protagonists try to find the links between the victims and expose the killer. The authors have cleverly created the perfect balance with an intense crime thriller that manages to maintain the suspense whilst also allowing the reader to delve into the protagonists’ backgrounds, thereby humanising those characters. Blix is the cynical, world-weary divorced copper whilst Ramm is the young, smart and ambitious reporter – this might be the typical pairing that we’ve come to expect in crime fiction, yet it quite simply works and the pair make a great crime-busting duo. I should also mention the fantastic translation by Anne Bruce!

Fast-paced, clever and punchy, Death Deserved is a gripping crime novel that will not fail to satisfy. I note that it is intended as the first novel in a new series and I am now eagerly awaiting book number 2. I strongly suspect that this will become one of my favourite series of recent years.

About the Author(s)

Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense. Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer. Death Deserved is Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller.



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About the Publisher

Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.

Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger