Books that go BUMP in the Night

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With Halloween on the approach, we have gathered a selection of titles which will leave you sleeping with the lights on…

The Dark Side of the Road by Simon R Green

ISBN 9780727883889

ISBN 9780727883889 Click to read an extract.

Simon Green is known primarily as a science fiction author, with his hugely popular Nightside and Deathstalker series. In his new Ishmael Jones series, Green has combined what fans love about his SF with a new ingredient – mystery.

The Dark Side of the Road introduces Ishmael Jones – a very different kind of sleuth. He is someone who can’t afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar; who drives on the dark side of the road. He’s employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Sometimes, he kills people. Invited by his employer, the enigmatic Colonel, to join him and his family for Christmas, Ishmael arrives at the grand and isolated Belcourt Manor in the midst of a blizzard to find that the Colonel has mysteriously disappeared. As he questions his fellow guests, Ishmael concludes that at least one of them is harbouring a dangerous secret. As the storm sets in, sealing off the Manor from the rest of the world, Ishmael must unmask a ruthless murderer before they strike again.

“Fans of the British TV series Torchwood will enjoy the irreverent, otherworldly protagonist” – Booklist

“readers will be anxious for a sequel” – Publishers Weekly

The Plague of the Manitou by Graham Masterton

ISBN 9780727884923

ISBN 9780727884923

The latest Manitou novel, by master of horror Graham Masterton, is as visceral and gripping as the debut which made his name.

Virus expert Anna Grey wonders if she’s going mad when she hears a corpse whisper: ‘Get it out of me.’ There is no such thing as demons, she tells herself. But cynical fortune-teller Harry Erskine knows otherwise; he has faced the Manitou before, and a series of disturbing events are forcing him from his Miami home towards Anna, who as yet has little idea of the evil she is facing.

“With all the classic elements of a psychological horror and all the viscera of an elaborate movie, Plague of the Manitou is a truly chilling presentation.” – Frances Carden, Readers Lane

“fans of horror should not hesitate in picking this novel up.” Josef Hernandez,

The Bell Tower by Sarah Rayne

ISBN 9780727885593

ISBN 9780727885593

Fans of Gothic horror rejoice; the latest Sarah Rayne novel is published in the UK on 30th October. In this new Michael Flint and Nell West mystery, a 400-year-old crime continues to menace the present in this spine-chilling tale.

When Nell West starts extending her Oxford antiques shop, she is not expecting to uncover strange fragments of its past: fragments that include a frightened message scribbled on old plaster work, dated 1850 and referring to someone called Thaisa.

She also uncovers a mysterious link with a village on the Dorset coast – a village with an ancient bell tower and dark memories of a piece of music known locally as ‘Thaisa’s Song’. The sea is gradually encroaching on the derelict tower, but the old Glaum Bell still hangs in the lonely bell chamber and although it was silenced, people whisper that its chime is still occasionally heard.

As Nell and Michael Flint discover, the tower is mysteriously entangled with the story of Thaisa and a 400-year-old tragedy that has echoed down the centuries.

“Highly enjoyable mainstream horror fare from a genre veteran.” – Booklist on The Whispering

“Fans of ghost stories will continue to appreciate these supernatural investigations.” – Publishers Weekly on The Whispering


It’d be criminal to miss it…

Bouchercon 2015 is nearly upon us.

To the uninitiated, Bouchercon (or officially, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention) is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction. It is named in honour of writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher (rhymes with “voucher”).

ISBN 9780727885524. Available in US and ebook Jan 1 2016.

ISBN 9780727885524. Available in US and ebook Jan 1 2016.

This year’s convention, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, will see 11 of our authors all gathered together, with Sarah R. Shaber – author of the Louise Pearlie WWII mystery series – selected as the Local Guest of Honour.

For details of all Severn House authors at Bouchercon, click here.

Have you got your ticket? It’d be criminal to miss it…

Severn House at Bouchercon

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Severn House has a host of authors attending this year’s Bouchercon convention in Raleigh, North Carolina – not to mention a guest of honour! Scroll down to find out more about them and their latest titles.

Dorothy Cannell – Death at Dovecote Hatch

ISBN 9780727884800. Available now in ebook and hardback.

ISBN 9780727884800.

The follow up to 2014’s Murder at Mullings, Death at Dovecote Hatch follows Florence Norris – the quietly observant housekeeper at Mullings – as she investigates an “accidental” death which she suspects is not all it seems.

“Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in Florence’s second case, a charming reminder of all the country house murders of Britain’s golden age” – Kirkus Reviews

Marie Celine – Lights, Camera, Murder!

ISBN 9780727885470. Available now in the UK, in the US and ebook from January 1 2016.

ISBN 9780727885470.

The first in a new series following gourmet pet chef Kitty Karlyle. Kitty finds herself reluctantly hosting a new cooking show called ‘The Pampered Pet’. While shooting the pilot, the show’s producer is found in her office with a knife in her back – one of Kitty’s knives, to be exact. The list of suspects is long and time is short. If Kitty can’t find the killer soon, her own goose might be cooked…

ISBN 9780727885432.

ISBN 9780727885432.

J.R. Ripley – Buried in Beignets

Welcome to Table Rock, Arizona, the place where folks who aren’t too keen on the ‘mainstream’ move to. Maggie Miller has come here to forget about her ex-husband and open her own beignet and coffee business. But the corpse in her storeroom might just put a kink in her plans.

Marcia Talley – Daughter of Ashes


ISBN 9780727884930.

The most recent entry in the Hannah Ives series sees Hannah and her husband face the trials and tribulations of the property market; only for their new home to reveal a shocking secret.

The discovery of the mummified body of a dead infant in the chimney of her new home leads Hannah on the hunt for clues as to its identity. But she is unaware that more shocking events lie around the corner . . .

***(Read an author Q&A with Marcia.)***

Sarah R Shaber – Louise’s Chance

ISBN 9780727885524.

ISBN 9780727885524.

Bouchercon Local Guest of Honour, Sarah’s criticially acclaimed Louise Pearlie WWII series is now on its fifth installment, and government girl Louise has a new job: recruiting German prisoners-of-war for a secret mission inside Nazi Germany. It’s a big chance for her, but from the outset the mission is beset by complications – including the deaths of two prisoners. Officially, it was suicide, but Louise can’t help but have her doubts . . .

ISBN 9780727885388.

ISBN 9780727885388.

Kathy Lynn Emerson – Murder in the Merchant’s Hall

Independent Elizabethan noblewoman Rosamund Jaffrey is once again the star in Kathy Lynn Emerson‘s latest historical mystery. Fan’s of Kathy’s Face Down series will remember Rosamund as Lady Susanna Appleton’s foster daughter.

When Lina Walkenden is found clutching a bloody knife over the dead body of her brother-in-law and guardian, there’s only one person she can turn to for help: her childhood friend, Rosamond Jaffrey. Rosamond must do all she can to save her friend – and keep herself and her family safe from a desperate killer.

Diane Fanning – Scandal in the Secret City

ISBN 9780727884046

ISBN 9780727884046

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, otherwise known as the Secret City, rose seemingly overnight in 1942, built by the US Government. No one was quite sure what its purpose was or where it came from, but there was certainly something going on . . .

Libby Clark is determined to find her place as a scientist in a world where women are thought better suited to housework. As the only female scientist in the top secret facility, Libby is excited to begin what she believes is important government research. She soon begins to suspect, however, that not all is as it seems. When the body of a young woman is found, the authorities are reluctant to investigate; it’s up to Libby to uncover the truth.

Caro Ramsay – The Tears of Angels

ISBN 9780727885159.

ISBN 9780727885159.

The latest installment in Ramsay’s Anderson & Costello series is not for the faint hearted. A few days before the summer solstice, a 92-year-old woman is found burned to death in her home. On the same day, a man’s mulilated corpse is discovered in a field, his arms ripped from their sockets, a Tarot card depicting The Fool inserted in his mouth.

When the victim is identified as someone for whom the police have been looking for almost a year, detectives Anderson and Costello find themselves caught up in a case where nothing is as it seems.

Karen E. Olson – Hidden 

ISBN 9780727885326.

ISBN 9780727885326.

Nicole Jones lives off the grid. She doesn’t have a licence, passport or bank account; because Nicole Jones is not her real name. She does not own a computer because she’s afraid of what she – an expert hacker in her past life – would do with it and she hasn’t left her refuge, Block Island, in fifteen years. When the last person Nicole wants to see suddenly reappears, she realizes that her time hidden is now ending. Her past secrets tumbling into the open and her carefully-constructed new life set to fall apart, Nicole must re-hone her long-suppressed computer skills in order to escape from an island that is fast becoming a prison.

Michael Wiley – Second Skin

ISBN 9780727885340.

ISBN 9780727885340.

When one of her students is found dead, English teacher Lillian Turner and her husband, Navy war veteran Johnny Bellefleur, are drawn into the investigation. Having made a macabre discovery which throws a disturbing new light on the case, Johnny and Lillian find themselves involved in something darker and more dangerous than they could have imagined.

With their marriage cracking under the strain and Johnny’s sanity under threat, the pair is warned to stay out of the case by Lillian’s brother, homicide detective Daniel Turner. Just what is Daniel’s connection to the dead girl? Does he know more than he’s letting on?

***(Michael is quite the globetrotter – more here.)***

Corey Lynn Fayman – Desert City Diva

ISBN 9780727885487.

ISBN 9780727885487.

We are delighted to welcome Corey Lynn Fayman to the Severn House club, with the publication of his latest Rolly Waters PI mystery, Desert City Diva.

Rolly Waters has many reasons to regret going out for Mexican food at 2.30 in the morning. Not least because then he would never have met dance-club DJ Macy Starr – possibly the most infuriatingly unpredictable and secretive client he has ever taken on.

Macy Starr wants Rolly to find out what happened to the young woman she knew as Aunt Betty, the woman who rescued her as a child and who then disappeared without trace. The only clue she has to go on is a curious one-stringed guitar. Rolly’s investigation leads to a weird world of alien-obsessed cults, a strange desert hideaway known as Slab City – and to a 20-year-old unsolved murder case. But how can he solve the mystery if he can’t even trust his own client?

Five Most Underappreciated Crime Writers

If you didn’t catch Otto Penzler‘s recent post about the crime fiction world’s most underappreciated authors, then now’s your chance – it makes interesting (and concise) reading.

Included on Otto’s list is our very own Stephen Solomita, a former NYC cab driver whose novels are gritty, tense and often morally ambiguous.

Read Otto’s full post here, and click on the jackets to read extracts of Mercy Killing and The Striver

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“What they’re reading on the Great Wall”

Globe-trotting author Michael Wiley made it all the way to the Great Wall of China this summer – and took along his latest book Second Skin, the second in the Detective Daniel Turner mystery series.


Second Skin tells the story of English teacher Lillian Turner and her husband Johnny, who are drawn into a murder investigation when one of Lillian’s students is found dead – despite being warned off the case by Lillian’s brother, homicide detective Daniel Turner. Just what is Daniel’s connection to the dead girl? What does he know that he’s not telling Lillian?

This Shamus award-winner’s latest offering will be available in the US and in ebook from November 1, and Michael will be attending Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina in early October.

Editor’s Pick – The Luzern Photograph


Available in the UK 28th Sept, in the US and eBook Jan 1 2016. ISBN 9780727885463

We are delighted to welcome to the list New York Times bestselling author William Bayer with this fascinating psychological neo-noir mystery in which a notorious photograph taken in 1882 (which really exists) is linked to a contemporary murder.  Complex, intriguing and darkly erotic, THE LUZERN PHOTOGRAPH interweaves three contrasting narrative strands, from late 19th century Switzerland to turn-of-the-century Vienna to 21st century California, into a compelling central mystery.  Real historical characters mingle seamlessly with fictitious to provide a startling new perspective on early 20th century history:  atmospheric and unusual, THE LUZERN PHOTOGRAPH is something rather different to everything else on our list, and a most rewarding read.