Today is publication day for “Bridge of Lies” the second book in the series of the Adventures of Letty Parker.
Letty’s detective agency is up and running but before she and her associates can start on their first case, the suspension bridge Isambard Kingdom Brunel is building across the Clifton Gorge is blown up. Keen to investigate Letty is hampered by the Dark Ones and their sinister plans for her. And then there is Mother Pountney and her witches…
From the very beginning nothing goes right until finally, deserted by her friends, Letty is left to face the greatest danger alone.
Letty’s adventures are fast moving and exciting and it’s been great writing about them. I’ve been lost in her world, where Bristol is a city both familiar and strange, where dragons and gargoyles gather on the roofs after dark to gossip about the dark deeds unfolding in the streets…
The next in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series is due very soon and will be available from Amazon and other online dealers. Maybe you could also order it at a bricks-and-mortar bookshop. Anyway, the book will be launched at Hanley Library on Saturday 6th April. In Her Defence by Jan Edwards is the follow-up to the Arnold Bennett Prize-winning Winter Downs(also available from Penkhull Press).
Letty Parker & Associates Detective Agency is finally in business. But before they can take on their first case, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous suspension bridge is blown up. Letty decides to investigate but getting hired is not as easy as she thought, especially when the Dark Ones have their own plans for her.
Then there is Ma Pountney and her witches, plus the Bear and his gang of villains, each determined to stand in Letty’s way. Nothing goes right from the very start and one by one Letty’s friends desert her. Even in a city, crowded with folk arriving for the Balloon Festival, Letty finds herself alone.
Bridge of Lies will be available in print and eBook formats.
The second in the Bunch Courtney investigates series, In Her Defence by Jan Edwards, is due early April this year.
Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths by poisoning in a single week. Co-incidence? Bunch does not believe that any more than Chief Inspector William Wright.
Set against a backdrop of escalating war and the massed internments of 1940, the pair are drawn together in a race to prevent the murderer from striking again.
The first volume, Winter Downs, won the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize and is available in various formats.
Twenty-five tales of horror and the weird, stories that encapsulate the dark, the desolate and the downright creepy. Stories that will send that quiver of anticipation and dread down your spine and stay with you long after the lights have gone out.
Who is Len Binn, a comedian or…? What secrets are locked away in Le Trénébreuse? The deadline for what? Who are the little people, the garbage men, the peelers? What lies behind the masks? And what horrors are found down along the backroads?
The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors is officially published on 1st November 2018.
City of Secrets by Misha Herwin is now available in print and eBook formats from (most) online booksellers.
Letty Parker lives by her wits. Estranged from her family, she sells pies on the streets of Bristol. But this is a Bristol full of dark secrets, peopled by gangs, monsters, dragons and gargoyles – and by creatures older than time. When her friend and stepsister disappear, when members of Jeb’s gang vanish, Letty is plunged headlong into a conspiracy where homeless children are being spirited away to a place where a terrible fate awaits them. These are the poor and the lost children of the streets whom no one seems to care about – except for Letty. But what if a rich child went missing? Would the authorities then act? Together, Letty and Jeb hatch a plan…
You’ll be drawn to this book – in her words, like a hungry she-bear scenting tethered sheep. Announced as ‘fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre’ this is not the grind-core slasher-horror of gut-wrenching torture-porn, more the luring strangeness of some lost golden age.
The book is available in print and Kindle versions via Amazon.
We at Penkhull Press are delighted to report that Winter Downs byJan Edwards(and published by our good selves) has won the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize, announced over the weekend just past.
In the January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.
Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?
The writers showcasing at our March 13th 6×6 have been selected! It was a tough choice picking just six from the file, with competition as fierce as ever, but without further ado – listed alphabetical order by author – here is our final pick:
‘Letter from America’ by Lisa Culligan
‘Shadows on the Grass’ (Extract) by Misha Herwin
‘The Ducking Phone’ by Kenneth Kay
‘The Sprout and I’ by Lynn Smith
‘A Treasure Lost’ (Extract) by Sherrie Lowe
‘Holiday from Hell’ by Pauline Woodhouse
As regulars will know the main aim of 6×6 is to allow writers from across the region the opportunity to showcase their work, so we are especially pleased to see not one but two books being promoted. Remember to bring your wallets because these titles will be available to purchase at the event!