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Another day, another bargain. Sherlock and I would like you to know that In Her Shadow is currently just £1 on Kindle in the UK. I think this book deserves more love as it features one of my best twists. Just search Amazon for ‘Mark Edwards In Her Shadow’.

Isabel’s life seemed ...perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.

As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?

Last night Poppy and I went to see Taylor Swift at Anfield in Liverpool. It was astonishing. I can hardly believe that TS has now done this 3 hour show a hundred times. She must be superhuman. The crowd were SO loud and most of them seemed to know every word. They were hugging and weeping and ...exchanging friendship bracelets. Highlights for me were the Red, 1989 and Folklore sections. It was freezing, windy and did I mention it was ear-shreddingly loud - but such a good time. Poppy said it was the best gig she’s ever been to.

Acropolis Now… I spent this morning touring here, first visiting the Acropolis Museum - where I apologised on behalf of Britain for stealing the Elgin Marbles; come on, let’s give them back - and then up the hill to the Parthenon. A truly special, incredible experience. We were also lucky ...because it was unusually quiet up there today. Blooming hot though!

I’m one of the guest authors at a readers’ retreat in Greece organised by the Psychological Thriller Readers group. We are starting with a few days in Athens. Bizarrely, we bumped into AJ Finn (also pictured, Jonas Saul). It’s beautiful here - and very very hot!

There are only a few hours left but The Darkest Water is in the Kindle Daily Deal, just 99p today, and it’s currently No 6 in the charts! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkest-Water-Mark-Edwards-ebook/dp/B0CC6V1HS6/

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Here it is - my big book news. I am thrilled to announce that I have a signed a deal with Penguin Michael Joseph! The first book in this deal is called The Wasp Trap, and it will be published in the UK in summer 2025. (International news to follow though I already know it will be published in ...Australia at the same time.)

A hot summer that ended in tragedy.
An eccentric psychology professor specialising in psychopaths.
An unexpected invitation.
A killer hiding in plain sight.
Are you ready to enter #TheWaspTrap?

Coming Summer 2025

There will be a very special signed and personalised hardback which will be available in limited quantities. To make sure you don't miss out on this you can join my pre-sale Buzz List:
https://www.markedwardsauthor.com/the-wasp-trap-buzz-list/

Or you can pre-order it now: standard hardback, ebook or audiobook:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wasp-Trap-Mark-Edwards/dp/0241721024

If you're outside the UK, you can sign up to find out when The Wasp Trap will be available where you live:
https://www.markedwardsauthor.com/the-wasp-trap-international/

There will be lots more details revealed over the coming months. Also, I realise summer 2025 is a long way off - but I'm so excited about this book, and about my deal with Penguin Michael Joseph, that I couldn't wait to start shouting about it. Just to reiterate, The Psychopath Next Door, which is set in the Magpies universe, is still coming on January 28th 2025. So next year is going to be a big one!

Two days till my big book news is revealed! (That’s Wednesday 29th May.) Sherlock knows what it is but he’s been sworn to secrecy.

I’m not appearing at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival - known to everyone in the business simply as ‘Harrogate’ - but wild horses could not stop me from attending. This will be my twelfth Harrogate in a row and I can’t wait to go and see all my writer friends, mingle with ...readers and bloggers and book lovers and pretty much the whole British crime and thriller writing industry. So. Much. Fun! Who else is going to be there?

A perfect day for reading in the garden, and this week’s book is The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard. It’s a speculative novel set in a world in which people are able to travel 20 years into the future or past to see themselves as they were or will be. It’s quite slow but beautifully ...written and original. Warning: it contains no speech marks! Also pictured: the wild ginger beast that lives in our house.

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A few of my books are on sale at the moment in the UK, including The Retreat. Just £1 on Kindle. I think this is one of my best. To find it, just go to Amazon and search ‘mark edwards the retreat’.  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?
A huge thank you to everyone who congratulated me after my announcement the other day about The Wasp Trap, which is coming summer 2025. You can already preorder it by searching Amazon or Waterstones. Or if you want to get your hands on the special signed and personalised edition use the link in my bio to sign up for the pre-sale Buzz List.  If you’re outside the UK, I will share news about international publication as I get it.  Thanks again! #thewasptrap #crimefiction #psychologicalthriller
I’m not appearing at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival - known to everyone in the business simply as ‘Harrogate’ - but wild horses could not stop me from attending. This will be my twelfth Harrogate in a row and I can’t wait to go and see all my writer friends, mingle with readers and bloggers and book lovers and pretty much the whole British crime and thriller writing industry. So. Much. Fun! Who else is going to be there?
Exciting news part one! Next week I have something big to tell you about (it’s not film or TV!) but before that I want you to tell you about my next novel. And guess what? It’s set in the Magpies universe. Lucy Newton is in it! It’s called The Psychopath Next Door and if you’re a fan of The Magpies you will love it.  But that’s not the only exciting thing that’s happening next year. Come back next week for a big announcement.

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