The Magpies swoops in to bag half a million readers!

The Magpies swoops in to bag half a million readers!

Amidst all the chaos in the world at the moment, I was pleased to receive some wonderful news along with this Gold Raven Award from my publisher.

Thank you everyone who’s bought The Magpies over the last few years and for supporting me with all of my books.

Thomas & Mercer sent me this beautiful trophy to celebrate the major milestone – half a million sales!

The Magpies, about the neighbours from hell, was my first self-published solo book which led to a publishing deal and the start of my success as a writer.

You can just about see in the picture that the book beneath the text is holographic and looks really cool!

Book Off! – Listen to the podcast featuring me and Louise Candlish

Book Off! – Listen to the podcast featuring me and Louise Candlish

Listen to me and the brilliant Louise Candlish discuss neighbours and in-laws from hell on the latest Book Off podcast. We also debated the merits of two very controversial novels. I’d tell you what I chose but I have to return some videotapes. . .

“Bestselling crime writers Louise Candlish and Mark Edwards talk about their latest books as well as living with bad neighbours and how certain characters can inspire a whole novel. They go head to head in the Book Off, putting Tom Wolfe’s ‘I Am Charlotte Simmons’ up against Brett Easton Ellis’s ‘American Psycho’ . . . but who will win!?  

Just search ‘book off’ on Apple podcasts or Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Award time – The Retreat hits 250,000 sales!

Award time – The Retreat hits 250,000 sales!

I’ve received some fantastic news from my publisher Thomas & Mercer. . .

I’m so excited to receive the Silver Raven Award to celebrate 250,000 sales of The Retreat. Thank you to everyone who has bought it.

It’s one of my three favourites among all the books I’ve written. (The other two are Follow You Home and Here To Stay.)

In case you haven’t read it, this is what it’s about.

A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

Buy it here

Dates for your diary – Lyme Crime and Perfect Crime

Dates for your diary – Lyme Crime and Perfect Crime

If you fancy heading to a crime writing festival and seeing me talk about all things creepy and crimey, here’s some dates for your diary.

On June 26th-28th, I’ll be at Lyme Crime, a brand new festival taking place at The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

I’ll be at two events, firstly on Friday, June 26th from 7.30-8.30pm with fellow author Ed James. We will be discussing our recent research trip to the Pacific Northwest, where we flew to Seattle, got lost in Oregon and nearly run off the road on Interstate 5 – all in search of authentic detail. Then on Saturday, June 27th, I’ll be in conversation with C.L.Taylor where we’ll be discussing what inspires us, how we write, what makes a great psychological thriller and the challenges and highlights of our careers.

To find out more about the event and to book tickets click here.

Next up, I’ll be at Perfect Crime. It’s Liverpool’s first ever crime writing festival, taking place in the heart of the city on Saturday, November 14th with some of the biggest and most exciting names in the world of crime writing, including me! There will be exclusive panel discussions, a crime writing workshop and book signings.

Perfect Crime will take place in the Radisson Blu hotel, by the River Mersey and is a collaboration between publisher Ian Skillicorn, and crime writers, Ashley Dyer and Caz Finlay.

The early bird ticket gives you access to all of the author panel events throughout the day for £49. A place can be booked on the crime writing workshop with author David Jackson for an additional fee of £9. The workshop is only open to attendees of Perfect Crime. Early bird tickets are restricted to the first 50 tickets sold, after which a full price ticket is £58.

To buy tickets and find out more, click here.

Cover reveal – The House Guest coming soon in June

Cover reveal – The House Guest coming soon in June

Cover reveal time! I’m excited to share the cover and full description of my next book, THE HOUSE GUEST, which be published worldwide on June 3rd.

A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side.

So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.

They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers—let alone invite them into your home—but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.

As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake…

Pre-order your copy here

Trophy time – Follow You Home hits 750,000 sales!

Trophy time – Follow You Home hits 750,000 sales!

My publisher, Thomas & Mercer, sent me this trophy to mark a whopping 750,000 sales of Follow You Home.

Of my nine solo books, it is now my biggest-selling novel and I want to say a big thank you if you’re one of the 750,000!

This is what it’s about…

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…

Buy it here.

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