The Ninth Life – Clea Simon’s blog tour

9780727885715Cat mystery author Clea Simon has been extremely busy this month, dropping in on no less than thirteen mystery blogs to talk about the first in her brand new cat mystery series, The Ninth Life.

Fans of Clea’s work will find The Ninth Life, a darker style of mystery, very different from her Dulcie Schwartz series.

Hank Phillippi Ryan describes it as:

“A tour de force of point of view–the talented Clea Simon flawlessly portrays a main character the likes of which we’e never encountered! With skill and style and profound understanding, she entertains readers with an exciting, compelling, and utterly unique adventure.”

If you’d like to know more, click below to discover more about Clea and The Ninth Life.

The Ninth Life blog tour:


Editor’s Pick – Written in Red

9780727885951Congratulations to Annie Dalton, as publisher Kate has chosen WRITTEN IN RED, the second in her Oxford dogwalkers mystery series, as February’s Editor’s Pick:

“Annie Dalton is a well-known British children’s writer who has successfully made the transition to adult fiction with this engrossing new crime series featuring a trio of amateur detective dogwalkers. In WRITTEN IN RED, the second in the series, an Oxford professor is brutally attacked in his college rooms – and it turns out that he had a connection to Isadora, one of the dogwalkers, who knew him as an undergraduate in the 1960s. Isadora has been keeping a surprising secret all these years – a secret that has its roots in the Cold War and a 50-year-old murder.

Throughout this skilfully structured, absorbing read, the author maintains a nicely-honed balance between humour and darkness: scenes of violence and disturbing revelations are cunningly interspersed with episodes of cosy domesticity. The intriguingly complex plotline drew me in from the outset, and throughout I was kept gripped by the gradual unfurling of various carefully-guarded secrets and unexpected revelations. As a seasoned mystery reader, there were a couple of particularly clever twists which I simply hadn’t seen coming!

Throw into the mix a gorgeously-realized Christmas Oxford setting, three very different but equally engaging female sleuths and plenty of endearing canine antics for all the dog enthusiasts out there, and you have a compelling, intelligent and well-crafted read which I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.”

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Chilly Thrillers and warm romances…

9781780103525_FCDon’t miss out on the Chilly Thrillers promotion from Kobo US. Until 29th Feb, US readers can pick up thrillers from Charles Atkins, Ed Gorman and Peter Tonkin for only $1.99.

But there’s more! You can browse the full list of Severn House’s bargain eBook’s here, or you can search for mysteries, thrillers or romances – whatever you need to feed your reader.

Charles Paris Returns

We are very excited to announce that Charles Paris, as voiced by Bill Nighy, will be returning to UK radio waves on Wednesday 9th March at 11.30am.


Simon Brett, OBE

Listeners to BBC Radio 4 will be able to catch up with the latest adventures of Simon Brett‘s beloved actor-sleuth.

9781780290447A DECENT INTERVAL sees Charles Paris return to acting after a long period of ‘resting’ and life seems to be looking up, as he has been cast in a touring production of Hamlet.

But rehearsals are fraught. With the cast a mixture of reality television wannabes and experienced actors, tension runs high.

When the company reach the first staging post of their tour matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead.

Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Catch up with the earlier Charles Paris episodes here.