Welcome to the house of sick! Apologies for not doing my normal interview or review for First Monday but I’ve had so many ill people in my house I’ve not had time to arrange it. But I can tell you who’s coming to the special birthday party on Monday. Yes, First Monday Crime will be three years old next week and you’re all invited! There’ll even be cookies (unless I catch the flu from my husband and then it’s game over).
Providing the entertainment for the evening are four wonderful authors – Ruth Ware, Cass Green, Kate Rhodes and Alex Michaelides. Attempting to juggle our authors will be Sophie Goodfellow. Here’s a bit more about their books.
Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs Westaway
When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.
There’s just one problem – Hal’s real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger’s funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her.
Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…
Cass Green – Don’t You Cry
One stolen baby. Two desperate strangers. One night of terror.
She saved your life.
When Nina almost dies during a disastrous blind date, her life is saved by a waitress called Angel. But later that evening, Nina is surprised by a knock on the door. It’s Angel – and she’s pointing a gun at her.
Now she’ll make you pay.
Minutes later, Angel’s younger brother Lucas turns up, covered in blood shielding a stolen newborn baby in his arms. Nina is about to endure the longest night of her life – a night that will be filled with terror and lead her to take risks she would never have believed herself capable of…
Kate Rhodes – Ruin Beach
The island of Tresco holds a dark secret someone will kill to protect.
Ben Kitto has become Deputy Commander in the Isles of Scilly Police. As the islands’ lazy summer takes hold, he finds himself missing the excitement of the murder squad in London. But when the body of professional diver Jude Trellon is discovered, anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, his investigative skills are once again needed.
At first it appears that the young woman’s death was a tragic accident, but when evidence suggests otherwise, the islanders close ranks. With even those closest to the victim refusing to talk, it seems that plenty of islanders had reason to harm her. As the community remains guarded, Ben Kitto discovers that terrible secrets lie beneath the waters around Tresco, and the killer may soon strike again.
Everyone is a suspect.
Nobody is safe.
Alex Michaelides – The Silent Patient
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
Four amazing books! If you’d love to come along to First Monday Crime at City University on Monday 1st April at 6.30pm, then don’t forget to RSVP by clicking here.