A Brew To A Kill #TheLastParty #TheLastPartyEvent

I’m excited to let you know of a brilliant event taking place on Zoom on the 7th July at 7pm. If you love a murder mystery and if you’re a fan of crime fiction you do not want to miss it.

Detectives Clare Mackintosh, Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware. Clare, Lucy and Ruth will act as lead detectives who are in a race against time to discover who murdered Artie Bean, owner of the No Filter Coffee Shack, on the shores of Llyn Drych, set in the universe of The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh. However, these seasoned writers need help to solve the mystery. Audience members will be included in group chats with the authors to review the evidence and decide upon their theories. Once the murderer has been revealed, the three authors will be in conversation with host, Lauren North, to discuss their latest books.

Each ticket includes a hardback copy of The Last Party which publishes on the 4th August 2022. When you book your ticket, you will receive an e-ticket via email with the event details so you can access the online event taking place on the 7th July. You will then receive your copy of The Last Party in the post when it publishes in August. Tickets are £26.15.

Everyone who purchases a book + ticket will be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. The festival runs from the 21st to the 23rd of July and tickets will include access to Little Brown’s Crime Vault Pop-up Event where you will be able to meet Clare Mackintosh in person! The prize also includes 3 nights of accommodation at the Crown hotel. A winner will be spot picked and announced during the event.

What does every detective need whilst on the case? A good cup of coffee. We are therefore super thrilled to announce that Missing Bean Coffee Roasters have joined us to sponsor the event. With Missing Bean on board, we will be sending out coffee samples to the first 100 people to purchase their tickets!

Keep reading for some further insight into our Detectives and Host for the evening…

Clare Mackintosh
 is the multi-award-winning author of five Sunday Times bestselling novels. Translated into forty languages, her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, have been New York Times and international bestsellers and have spent a combined total of 64 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. Clare’s next book, The Last Party, will publish on the 4th August

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities. She then worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry – during which time she wrote The Book of Lost and Found, which was a bestselling debut of 2015. Lucy now writes full-time, with her crime novels The Hunting Party and The Guest List being published in 2018 and 2020 respectively to critical acclaim.Her newest novel, The Paris Apartment, published in March 2022, instantly took the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list. It has sold in over 40 territories and the movie rights have been acquired by Sony.

Ruth Ware is an international number one bestseller. Her thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, The Death of Mrs Westaway, The Turn of the Key and One by One have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the Sunday Times and New York Times. Her books have been optioned for both film and TV, and she is published in more than 40 languages. Ruth’s next book, The It Girl, will publish on the 4th August

Lauren North writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. Her most recent novels are Safe at Home and All The Wicked Games (Out summer 2022). Lauren also writes high-concept book club thrillers as L.C. North. Her first L.C. North book – The Ugly Truth – is out in March 2023. Lauren lives on the Suffolk borders with her family and dog, Rodney. When she’s not writing, she co-hosts the popular crime thriller podcast, In Suspense.

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley #bookreview

On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on the brilliant new novel by Lucy Foley, The Guest List.

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On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.
 
Old friends.
Past grudges.
 
Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.
 
Thirteen guests.
One body.
 
The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.
One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .

MY THOUGHTS

I loved The Guest List by Lucy Foley. It’s dark, and there is suspense and tension on every page right from the opening chapter.

There are so many devious characters, and I didn’t know who I could trust as I was reading. The setting certainly sets the scene, and it makes it feel very atmospheric. I loved the idea of a wedding taking place on a barely inhabited island, cutting them off from the mainland. Also, Lucy Foley made the setting feel very creepy, particularly with the mention of the dead on the island outnumbering the living. Even some of the characters are perturbed about the area around them being a mass graveyard.

Lucy Foley has created some really unlikeable characters in her book, although I did find myself feeling sorry for Jules, the bride to be. A lot of the characters come from a very privileged background, but Jules’s fiancé, Will, has gone a step above after making it big on television. It seems he is admired by everyone who comes across him, men and women, but that also makes some people who know him jealous. He also seemed like a person who liked to be in control, but what happens when someone holds a secret over him?

I think right from the start I felt as though Jules was making a mistake in marrying Will. Just a day before the wedding, Jules starts receiving anonymous notes asking her not to marry him. But why would someone want to split them up? This creates tension very early on in the book. I wanted to know why the letters were being sent and would Jules take any notice of them. Would she confront Will about them before the wedding?

There seemed to be a lot of tension between Will and his friends. He has known them since his school days. It made me wonder what secret they held over him and how and if it was going to come out before the wedding. I thought it was very clever how Lucy Foley kept flicking back in time, to a few hours before the horrific event takes place. I never once felt lost or confused as I was reading it. I also enjoyed the different points of view from which the story was told.

Lucy Foley kept the pace flying forward, and it was only on very rare occasions did I put the book down at the end of a chapter. She is a writer who knows how to reel her readers into her characters’ lives. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for what Lucy Foley writes next.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication date: 20th February 2020 (kindle & hardcover) 3rd September 2020 (paperback)

Print length: 384 pages

The Guest List is available to buy:

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February First Monday Crime @1stMondayCrime

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see the back of January, once Christmas is done and dusted I start thinking of long, warm summer nights. And after a short break it also means that for crime fiction fans, a regular night of murder and mayhem is back.

First Monday Crime is all set to return to City University, London on Monday, 4th February 2019. As ever there promises to be an exciting panel of some very talented writers. The panel is being moderated by Barry Forshaw. So let’s take a look at who will be appearing next month, I’ll also have all the details where you can reserve your FREE seat below.

Will Dean, author of Dark Pines and Red Snow 

Red Snow (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery Book 2) by [Dean, Will]

Dark Pines and Red Snow follow reporter, Tuva Moodyson, during the depths of the Swedish winter as she attempts to solve some startling cases. Tuva is an absolutely fantastic character, Will Dean is a seriously talented writer, especially when it comes to description and atmosphere. You can read my reviews of Dark Pines by clicking HERE and Red Snow by clicking HERE.

Christopher Fowler, author of The Lonely Hour

Bryant & May - The Lonely Hour: (Bryant & May Book 17) by [Fowler, Christopher]

I’m afraid Christopher Fowler is the only author appearing on next month’s panel who I haven’t read before so I’m really interested to hear him talk about his books. The Lonely Hour is the seventeenth book in the Bryant & May series which is being released in March this year.

Gytha Lodge, author of She Lies In Wait

She Lies in Wait by [Lodge, Gytha]

Gytha Lodge’s debut crime novel is sure to be a hit when it is released this year. Thirty years after the disappearance of a teenager, her body is uncovered and the investigation into her disappearance and murder is reopened. Someone among the group of friends she was with at the time she went missing, knows what happened to her. You can read my review of She Lies In Wait by clicking HERE.

Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party: Get ready for the most gripping, hotly-anticipated crime thriller of 2019 by [Foley, Lucy]

The Hunting Party is Lucy Foley’s first crime novel. A group of Londoner’s travel to the Scottish Highlands to see in 2019. This is an atmospheric and a very well written psychological thriller in which dark secrets are unearthed as the group of friends tear each other apart, when one of them is murdered. You can read my review of The Hunting Party by clicking HERE.

 

So that is the panel for February. The closet tube stations to City University are Farringdon and Angel, the doors open at 6.30 p.m. and afterwards we’ll all be heading to the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker for a drink.

If you would like to come along to First Monday Crime, you can reserve your space by clicking HERE.

 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley Book Review @lucyfoleytweets @fictionpubteam

The Hunting Party by [Foley, Lucy]

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EVERYONE’S INVITED.
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

MY THOUGHTS

The Hunting Party is a captivating page-turner that held my attention all the way through. A group of Londoner’s – friends since their time at Oxford University together – head to the Scottish Highlands to see in the New Year. They find themselves in a remote, but luxurious house known as The Lodge situated close to the bank of the nearby loch. As the holiday gets underway and as the group get ready to ring in 2019, one of them disappears. And soon a body is discovered just as some dark truths begin to come to the surface.

Lucy Foley’s writing transports you to the Scottish Highlands. As city dwellers, you immediately get the sense that the group are out of their comfort zone and this makes it the perfect setting for what later develops. You can quite clearly see how vulnerable they are in this location, particularly when the bad weather strikes which essentially cuts them off from the rest of civilisation.

For me, the most mysterious person in the book was the groundkeeper, Doug, who lives in the grounds of The Lodge. The group of friends will really get you thinking, and I was undecided about my feelings towards a few of them as events unfolded. They do get you wondering, how on earth some of them have remained friends. The pace in the novel is excellent. Lucy Foley keeps you guessing as to which of them is going to end up dead and who, if any of them, is responsible. I didn’t have any idea until the final secrets were revealed. I loved how Lucy managed to keep me in the dark right up until the last chapters. Along the way, Lucy keeps teasing the reader into thinking that this is the moment that things will start to become clear. This is what kept me gripped.

This book is perfect to read while wrapped up in a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day. The Hunting Party is atmospheric, well written and utterly absorbing.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication date: 3rd December 2018 (kindle) 24th January 2019 (hardback)

Print length: 400 pages

If you would like to purchase The Hunting Party, you can do so by clicking on the following links below. 

Amazon UK Kobo Waterstones