Authors Tagging Authors: A Thank You

I was honoured to be tagged on the author to author blog tour last week by the talented, Sheila Callaham, author of many books including her latest, Stories from Spirit – a spiritual non-fiction and self-help book. You can read her post here.

The rules are that I answer five questions about my book and tag five other authors to do the same. Yay! So here goes:

What is the working title of your book?

An Unfamiliar Murder

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’m a great people watcher and am fascinated by how people react when they are plunged into a situation that takes them out of the realms of normality. Imagine coming home from a normal day at work to find the stabbed body of a stranger in your home, spending the night in a cell as a suspect in a murder enquiry then, just when you think you have convinced police of your innocence, further evidence comes to light that links you irrevocably with the victim.

That is what happened to Anna Cottrell and we follow the story through her eyes, and also the police investigation through the eyes of Detective Chief Inspector Helen Lavery.

What genre does your book fall under?

An Unfamiliar Murder is a psychological crime thriller that has been enjoyed by readers of crime fiction, thrillers and general literary fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Helen is a strong character, but she also possesses a sensitive side, an edge that forces her to push the boundaries and occasionally adopt unorthodox methods to catch a killer. It would take an imposing actress to step into those shoes:

Helen Baxendale – a solid and compelling actress who boasts an impressive career spanning theatre, TV and film including Cold Feet, Friends, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and several crime dramas. She has been nominated for Baftas on numerous occasions and her roles in film and TV have won multiple awards.

Anna is a strong, independent woman that has never felt like she fitted in. She has always known that something in her life was awry, but was never able to put her finger on it; until now. The revelations in An Unfamiliar Murder highlight this angst and force her to deal with its consequences. This is who I would cast for Anna:

Kelly MacDonald – a grounded actress who debuted in the hit film Trainspotting, has received endless Bafta nominations and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Margaret Schroeder in Boardwalk Empire.

What is your current work in progress?

I am just putting the finishing touches to ‘White Lies, Black Truths’, sequel to An Unfamiliar Murder. This novel delves into the sordid world of organised crime and explores the consequences of judgement calls and how a single decision can lead to murder.

 DCI Helen Lavery is back and investigating multiple murders, alongside cold case review with a few personal and professional hurdles to jump along the way.

We also follow the story through the eyes of Eva Carradine, a girl with a secret that leads to the murder of those around her and sends her on the run. What is that secret and who is coming for her? Can Lavery reach her before the killer? You’ll need to read the book to find out.


Now it’s my turn to tag five other authors. As a thank you, I’ve picked five special Tweeps who have all been a great support to my work:


Kenneth Hoss

Ken Hoss has taken the world by storm with his new Kelli Storm series. This is the second release and sequel to the highly acclaimed, Storm Rising:

When her new partner is shot during a botched robbery, Detective Kelli Storm never expected that the trail of the shooter would lead her to Colombian drug lord Miguel Garcia; the man who’s cousin she had killed months earlier, and had made numerous attempts on her life. A man she had believed to be dead. Detectives Kelli Storm and Eric Ryder follow the bloody trail of a notorious drug kingpin from the streets of Washington Heights, New York and south to Medellin, Colombia. When the suspect in her partner’s shooting is killed while in custody, the man makes a startling deathbed confession. With this revelation, Kelli finds herself unwillingly thrown back into the world of the drug cartels. With the aid of DEA Special Agent Gregory Larsen and Narcotics Detective Javier Vasquez, Kelli works to stop the Cartel’s operations in the city, and bring down the notorious drug lord.

Contact details: @kennhoss


Frederick Brooke

Frederick Brooke’s novels, Doing Max Vinyl, and, Zombie Candy, have earned 5 star reviews from its readers. Here’s the blurb for Zombie Candy:

From her gorgeous husband to her acclaimed cooking classes, Candace Roach’s life looks nearly perfect from the outside. Well, appearances can be deceiving. Her husband, Larry, has three unruly addictions that drive her to the brink–zombie movies, cilantro, and having sex with other women. Luckily, her best friend Annie Ogden is back from Iraq and armed with a private investigator’s license and a fierce determination to see Candace happy again.

Together, the women uncover the ridiculous extent of Larry’s infidelity. He needs to be punished,that much is clear…

Contact details: @frederickbrooke


Teresa Hamilton

I read and thoroughly enjoyed Teresa’s first novel, Choices, earlier this year. It’s a thought-provoking, heart touching story about the unexpected dilemma facing wife and mother, Lauren Harding. As a forty-something mother with a comfortable life, beautiful home and a loving family, Lauren seemed to have it all. But her idyllic world is turned upside down when she is suddenly confronted by her husband’s infidelity, news that she has fallen pregnant and the prospect of a new love in her life. What will Lauren do? What would you do?

Look out for her sequel, Love, Suzi x, due to be released early 2013.

Contact details: @THamiltonWriter


Philip Catshill

Philip’s books span many genres including mysteries, adventure, romance and biography and have been well received by their readers. Here is the blurb for Penny for Them:

Her teenage prostitution and habitual theft are not the only secrets that the privately educated, talented linguist Penelope Kendall-Wilkes is about to reveal. For thirty years, Penelope has known a secret that has kept her in hiding. Penny discovers her stepfather too has secrets – secrets that will destroy his political ambitions – secrets that started a war and he will do anything to keep those secrets – even when that means murder.

Contact details: @PhilipCatshill



Seumas Gallacher

I started reading The Violin Man’s Legacy last night and was bowled over by the beautiful prose and the wonderful imagery it evokes. Here is the blurb:

Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Holland, but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meets the glamorous chief of ISP’s local bureau, May-Ling.

Together they begin to unravel a complex web of corruption. The twin spiders at the centre of this web are the Chan brothers, leaders of one of Hong Kong’s most ruthless and powerful triad gangs.

The trail of death and mayhem coils across Europe, Hong Kong and South America until all the scores are settled.

Contact details: @seumasgallacher



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