Fingers crossed! Last of the Magpies on Capital Crime Awards shortlist!

Fingers crossed! Last of the Magpies on Capital Crime Awards shortlist!

I’m happy to announce some more good news. Last of the Magpies has been shortlisted for the Capital Crime Awards in the Best E-book category.

The Capital Crime Festival takes place from September 26-28th at The Connaught Rooms, London. I’ll be appearing on September 27th, in conversation with fellow author Lisa Jewell.

The awards sees Capital Crime and Amazon Publishing partnering up to  present new awards that give readers the power to honour their favourite books, films and TV. The shortlists were decided by Capital Crime’s advisory board of authors, industry leaders and reviewers, but readers will have the final say on who wins in each category.

Capital Crime festival pass holders will be able to vote for the winner in each category from today until September 19. So, if you have a pass please, please, please vote for Last of the Magpies, I’d really appreciate it. The winners will be announced at at a gala reception on Saturday 28th marking the close of the festival.

Visit Capital Crime for more information and tickets.

Hope to see you there and fingers crossed!

I did it! Last of the Magpies won the Most Elusive Villain Award!

I did it! Last of the Magpies won the Most Elusive Villain Award!

Me looking very excited to be named winner!

I did it! Last of the Magpies won its category at the Dead Good Reader Awards – and it’s all thanks to you guys. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. It’s the first thing I’ve ever won and I’m very, very pleased.

I was announced as the winner at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate and it was such a great honour and a special night. I’m very proud that Lucy Newton won The Cat and Mouse Award for Most Elusive Villain as she’s the antagonist in my first solo novel, The Magpies, which sparked the sequels A Murder of Magpies and Last of the Magpies.

Thank you all again for voting once, twice, as many times as you could to make sure that I won.

Here’s hoping there may be a few more awards on the horizon!

3 Million Books Sold!

3 Million Books Sold!

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I have now sold over 3 million copies of my books – and want to say a huge thank you to all the readers who have helped me reach this amazing milestone. A few years ago, I thought my writing career was over, but now I am a full-time author doing what I love: crafting stories about scary things happening to ordinary people. And at a time when it’s getting increasingly harder to grab people’s attention, with the rise of Netflix and many other forms of distraction, plus the ever-growing number of books on the market, I am hugely grateful to everyone who has ever bought, reviewed, recommended and enjoyed one of my novels.

The 3 million total includes all my books in English (I don’t know the figures for most of my translated books!) including those co-authored with Louise Voss. The biggest sellers, accounting for over a million between them, are Follow You Home and The Magpies. 2.5 million sales are with my current publisher, Thomas & Mercer, and the rest come from self-publishing and my four books with HarperCollins. Around 250,000 of the total sales are audiobooks, which is exciting as it’s a growing sector and I’m delighted that my books are reaching so many listeners as well as readers! Most of my sales are in the UK, followed by the US and Australia.

My next book, Here To Stay, will be published on 1st September 2019 and will be available as an ebook, paperback, audiobook and, for the first time in English, hardback. It’s about in-laws from hell and is already picking up rave advance reviews, with 100% five star reviews on Goodreads. Louise Candlish, author of the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year 2018, called it ‘Completely compulsive’.

I’m at the editing stage of the book after that and am already planning the next one. In fact, I have ideas for the next three . . . so hopefully there will be plenty of satisfied readers to come, both new and existing. Once again, a huge thank you from me to all of you, and I promise to keep writing the best books I can. My aim is to make each one better than the last.

 

 

Here’s some Dead Good awards news. . .

Here’s some Dead Good awards news. . .

Fantastic news! Thanks to you, my lovely readers, Last of the Magpies has made it through to the final round in the Dead Good Reader Awards in the Most Elusive Villains.

If you’ve read The Magpies and the two sequels A Murder of Magpies and Last of the Magpies you will be familiar with Lucy Newton and all of her evil antics.

I’d love Lucy (and me!) to win this award so it would great if you could keep on voting – I need your votes one more time…

 

Click here to vote Dead Good Reader Awards

Thank you!

Crime in the Capital – I’m off to a thrilling festival in London

Crime in the Capital – I’m off to a thrilling festival in London

Recently I helped launch the Capital Crime Festival which will be taking place from September 26 to the 28th at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London. It brings together the best of everything crime and thriller to fans.

I’ll be appearing in conversation with the amazing Lisa Jewell at 2pm on Friday 27th September and will be signing books afterwards. I’ll also be hanging around and very happy to chat with anyone who comes along.

The festival has an incredible line-up. Some of the names include David Baldacci, Martina Cole, Ruth Ware, Kate Atkinson, Erin Kelly, Mark Billingham, Peter James, Sophie Hannah, Anthony Horowitz, Simon Mayo, Kate Mosse, Robert Harris, Rachel Abbott, CJ Tudor, Ian Rankin…the list goes on and on!

Me on stage with Louise Candlish and Joe Haddow

Not only can you see and meet lots of amazing crime writers, your ticket will give you admission to panels and events, access to author signings, two exclusive new release hardback books and a Capital Crime Tote bag full of goodies plus more. Tickets give you access to the whole weekend or you can buy single day passes for either the Friday or Saturday. You can find out more and buy tickets by clicking here Capital Crime.

Hope to see you there!

 

Start spreading the news – it’s ThrillerFest in The Big Apple

Start spreading the news – it’s ThrillerFest in The Big Apple

It’s hard to believe ThrillerFest XIV is only a month away! ThrillerFest is the annual conference of international thriller writers with 4,500 members in 49 countries and more than 3.2 billion books in print.

It’s being held at The Grand Hyatt in New York so I’m packing my bags and leaving today. . . well, actually its from July 9-13.

There’s a killer line-up featuring 2019 ThrillerMaster John Sandford, 2019 Silver Bullet Recipient Harlan Coben, 2019 Thriller Legend Margaret Marbury, 2019 Spotlight Guest Lisa Unger, 2019 Spotlight Guest Stephen Hunter and 2018 Silver Bullet Recipient James Rollins! There’s plenty going on to get you started if you are an aspiring thriller writer ATF workshop, Master Class including the Best First Sentence contest, CraftFest, PitchFest, ThrillerFest, and more. We encourage all thriller enthusiasts to join the ThrillerFest family.

If you’re lucky enough to be going I’ll see you there but if not you can share the ThrillerFest excitement on your social media. Visit the ThrillerFest website for more information.

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