Exciting news, my forthcoming novel has a new title: THE HOUSE GUEST.
There’s no cover yet, but it will be out on June 3rd 2020.
The book is about a British couple who are house-sitting in Brooklyn for a couple they met on a cruise. Then one rainy summer afternoon a young woman turns up on the doorstep, claiming to know the house owners. The couple invite her in and… well, if you’re a regular reader of my books you’ll know everything is not as it seems.
Here’s the blurb…
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…
It’s already available to pre-order on Amazon here.
My first event of 2020 has been announced! I’ll be appearing not once but TWICE at the inaugural Lyme Crime festival in June, in Lyme Regis.
I will be appearing with CL Taylor, in a general discussion about psychological thrillers, and also talking about my recent road trip in America with Ed James, which should be very funny.
Tickets for the festival, taking place from June 26-28, are on sale now at an early bird rate (30% off) and you can buy them here.
On Friday, June 26 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm – How far would you go to research your crime novel? Myself and Ed James will discuss 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.
On Saturday, June 27 from 11.30am to 12.30pm – Me and C.L.Taylor will be in conversation. We have both written books described as ‘extraordinary things happening to ordinary people’. We will discuss what inspires us, how we write, what makes a great psychological thriller and the challenges and highlights of our careers.
This is the very first Lyme Crime festival and it launches in June next year at the Marine Theatre, in historic Lyme Regis.
The crime and thriller festival sees the very best talents in the fiction genre join together for a weekend of talks, conversations, panels and other events.
Also, Serendip, the town’s independent bookseller, will have a shop open in the theatre for the weekend, so visitors can buy signed copies of participating authors’ titles.
My publisher sent this picture!
There’s good news to announce and it’s definitely celebration time here at Edwards Towers.
Thank you to everyone who has bought Here To Stay so far. To date 50,000 copies have been sold in under a month!
For anyone who hasn’t yet bought it, it’s a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home and the in-laws from hell.
Here are some of the reviews from readers:
“It has the twists, the turns and the emotion that every psychological thriller NEEDS to have to be successful.” – Lucii Dixon, Southampton, UK
“The tension I felt reading this was insane. At some points I even got physically anxious and had to keep reading just to calm my nerves.” – Joe Hunt, Worcestershire, UK
“I was hooked on this book from page one and couldn’t put it down until I finished, Another great read from Mark Edwards.” – Yvonne Doney, New South Wales, Australia
“This book takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions while reading it…happy, sad, maddening, frustration, and downright angry.” – Leila Rae-Bush, Georgia, USA
“Fantastic story! A week spun tale with plenty of twists and right as you have figured it out, you have nothing. . .” – David Alspector, Las Vegas, USA
If you’ve not yet read it, it’s available from Amazon.
Good news from across The Pond, my latest book Here To Stay has hit the Number 8 spot in The Washington Post’s National Fiction chart.
The book, my first ever to be published in hardback, has been out in America for a few weeks and has received some amazing reviews on Amazon and I am thrilled for it to be in the Washington Post’s Top Ten.
Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy, read and reviewed it, I appreciate your support as always.
The book is out in the UK on September 1, yes, it’s a Sunday, and I will be hosting my traditional launch party live on Facebook so head over there to join me. Click here if you want to RSVP. It’s not too long to wait now!
See you at the party!
If you’ve always wanted to meet me, now’s your chance! I’ll be taking part in a meet and greet event at Chase BookFest at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford on Saturday, 21 September.
It’s the museum’s first ‘Chase BookFest’ which will be showcasing some local authors and others from further afield.
The day will include ‘Meet the Author’ sessions, Waterstones pop up book store, Author Readings, Q&A panels (Crime and women’s fiction), Tea with the Author plus lots more.
There are only a handful of tickets left for my event so if you want to come and meet me for tea and cake, call the number in the picture (01543 877666) before they sell out.
It’s £3 entry plus £5 for my event. I’ll be signing books too. The admission price also includes entry to prize draws which has exciting prizes such as signed books, book bundles and an afternoon tea voucher.
Throughout the day there will be timetabled author readings and meet and sign sessions. These don’t need to be booked, but will only take place at the allotted time. You will be posted a timetable if you book in advance, or given one if you purchase your entry ticket on the day.
Visit the Facebook Page here or for more information visit the museum’s website here.
I look forward to meeting some of you there and enjoying a nice cuppa and a slice or two of cake.
See you soon!
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!