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Delighted to announce a new venture with Hobeck Books. Coming in October, just in time for halloween, ‘Wayland Babes’ a series of five linked ghost stories woven around the Norfolk folktale of the Babes in the Woods. More details to follow.
DS Sara Hirst is back! In the cold and wet of a rainy December, a dog walker finds the body of a young man on heathland near Fakenham. He is wrapped up in a groundsheet and wearing only a pair of boxer shorts. Sara and the Norfolk SCU team investigate how a fifteen-year-old from a care home in a small town in the Norfolk Broads has ended up dumped like garbage. What is his connection to Lisa London, a drugs supremo from the capital and a teacher at the local high school?
Published by Joffe Books on Thursday 18th March Into Deadly Storms is Sara’s second major investigation into the darker side of rural life. Available on Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and as a paperback.
My debut novel Under Violent Skies is also available from the wonderful Joffe Books on Amazon for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited or as a paperback. The story was the culmination of my MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) course at the University of East Anglia. It was short-listed for the Little Brown UEA Student Writers award in 2019.
Under Violent Skies was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in 2021.
SET UNDER THE BROODING SKIES OF NORTH NORFOLK. MEET SARA HIRST AS SHE FINDS THAT GREAT BEAUTY SOMETIMES CONCEALS GREAT VIOLENCE.
Detective Sara Hirst has moved from London to Norfolk Police’s Serious Crimes Unit. She wants to know the truth about her father, who has connections to the area. Her mother won’t tell her the real story.
A NEW JOB. A NEW PLACE. SAME OLD PROBLEMS.
Sara’s first call-out is to a decomposing body discovered in a ditch on a local farm. How does the murder relate to a recent spate of thefts? Who wanted the victim dead?
THEN THE CASE GROWS VERY PERSONAL . . .
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