#BloodyScotland Write up of Fair Cops and Foul with James Oswald, Óskar Guõmundsson and Mari Hannah @SirBenfro @oskargudmunds @mariwriter #CrimeFiction #AllThatLives #TheCommandments #HerLastRequest

Fair Cops and Foul

The latest book in the Tony McLean series is All That Lives by James Oswald.
Check out Icelandic Scandi-noir with The Commandments by Óskar Guõmundsson.
Discover Her Last Request by Mari Hannah

 

It’s set in Leith and a body is discovered from 700 years ago, but another, which the police are even more interested in, is a body buried only 30 years ago, then similarities in burial emerge.

There’s also a new drug on the scene to interest Tony McLean.

This is about what can happen to people in power in small communities. Iceland he noted was small and a good place to have a story about abuse and a story within a story.


It’s about 2 women, 1 dead, the other alive; set on the Northumberland Coast. It explores the victim by the clues she left behind. There’s a note left that Kate Daniels thinks was written for her, even though anyone could have been chosen to go to the crime scene and be on the case. It bears the instruction to find Aaron…

Mari Hannah also talked about one of her books being turned into a tv programme – Murder Wall.

They talked a bit about their characters. James Oswald talked about having a good support cast in his books and how he wanted Inspector Tony McLean to have an interesting backstory, but also having him being both self-reliant and contented, but not wanting things too perfect in his life, which makes Maclean even deeper and more intriguing as a character.
It was fascinating to hear that James Oswald didn’t always write crime books with Tony McLean as his central character, he in fact used to write comics in all different genres.

Oskar on the other-hand talked about not initially connecting with his character initially, so changed it. It isn’t often, if at all, I’ve heard an author admit this so candidly. He talked of liking writing about characters that have fractured stories to tell, yet are strong. He also talked about the person behind the person, basically sounds like he really delves into them to see what is hidden behind the initial glance.

Mari Hannah likes to push her characters into corners to see how they can get out of them. She also seems to like to write about having a good team, since she had one around her when she was a probation officer. Interestingly she also talked about how there can be a comfort in writing/reading about tragedy because you know then, that there is a resolution to be found at the end.

All in all it was a great panel of authors who had interesting topics to talk about and gave great insights to their audience.

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#WriteUp of Ann Cleeves – The Rising Tide – #InConversation panel @AnnCleeves #BloodyScotland #Vera #Shetland #MatthewVenn

The Rising Tide – James Grieve in conversation with Ann Cleeves

James Grieve is a forensic pathologist, usually working behind the scenes and assists Ann Cleeves. Her latest book is The Rising Tide.

It was a fascinating talk about her books and tv, especially about the forensics and the hour passed by very quickly.

Northumberland

This is the latest in the Vera Stanhope series. There’s secrets, friendships and reunions, and a death.

She talked fondly of Brenda Blethyn reading her books and truly respecting and embodying the character she created. She also talked about  Vera as a character and how she grew out of a certain era Ann Cleeves knows much about, with formidably spinsters, deciding not to marry, working and not being too fussy about appearance, when this wasn’t quite seen as any society norm yet, it was at a time when it was on the cusp of change.

Ann Cleeves talked about the book being based around reunions and was essentially her lockdown book, as she wrote then and thought about all the Zoom meetings and reunions that happened during this time, which seemed to give inspiration.

Shetland

She actually began this talk by addressing the Shetland novels and saying there is a crime festival up there called Shetland Noir. She sees Shetland as a bit of a sanctuary, although has finished writing this series now. She brought some dark humour to her talk about birdwatchers. She talked more about starting her writing on an isolated island.

Devon

The Two Rivers series where the main character is Matthew Venn is set here. She talked about interesting tensions between existing residents, incomers and especially the second home-owners, something that has been talked and debated over for decades.

She talked of geographical places in general when she writes and thinks writers, when basing a series somewhere, needs to know a place really well, and these are the places she knows and is getting to know more of, it would seem. She talked about how this could be different for a short story, to know less about a place, she said about it being about something, perhaps, like that first hit when you enter a place for a first time, that sort of thing.

Forensics

James Grieve was very interesting on this subject, since this is what he specialises in. He talked about taking samples from a body and giving it to a forensic scientist to examine and how certain practices  have changed, with more being done at the scene to minimise contamination of DNA.

He touched upon the “CSI Effect”, something I have heard forensic pathologists talk of before. In short, they talk about how CSI brought forensics to the fore of tv, but how the realities of actually working in this field are different, but sparked off inspiration for some people to work in this. So, he says the reality is different from books and tv, but for fiction, writers shouldn’t be too carried away with the minute details. It was fascinating when he said that you can’t actually accurately predict the exact time of death, just that it was between this and that time. This seemed to be something that Ann Cleeves was conscious of whilst writing her books.

Further Books

Ann Cleeves talked about alternating between her Vera and Matthew Venn books. There is another Matthew Venn book on its way.

#BloodyScotland #Writeup of Secrets and Lies Panel – Jane Corry, Kate Evans, Trevor Wood, chaired by Harriet Tyce @JaneCorryAuthor @TrevorWoodWrite #KateEvans @harriet_tyce @BloodyScotland #CrimeFiction

Secret and Lies Panel

Harriet Tyce took the audience through conversations about the books, the authors, the locations, their influences, dual timelines and what’s coming up next. All 3 books featured are available now! I have written this up as it was fascinating and insightful.

Jane Corry – Tell Me Your Secrets is her latest novel.
Kate Evans – Wake of Crows and Drowning Not Waving are her latest.
Trevor Wood Dead End Street is his latest in his series.

 

The Books and Their Authors


Jane Corry is a Bestselling author. Tell Me Your Secrets is her latest novel (book 7). She talked interestingly about her love of writing unreliable narrators in her books; that love of not quite knowing whether the narrator is telling the truth or not. One is running, one is hiding, both are lying…

Kate Evans has been writing for 30 years or more. Her latest book – Wake of Crows and Drowning Not Waving introduces her inspector – Donna Morris. She talked interestingly about her character, Donna and recalled a time in Krakow when someone asked to borrow a camping mallet to help with putting up a tent. This conversation then led to other things and she became interested in East Germany and then thought about that time and the secrets there may have been during a particularly period of time in its history, which led her to write these books.

Trevor Wood sets his books in and around Newcastle and he volunteers in a kitchen for the homeless. His debut novel – The Man On The Street won many awards and his latest is Dead End Street. He talked candidly about Newcastle and his books being set around the homeless community. He talked about, in his latest book, about a homeless people being attacked and how Gage doesn’t want to get involved and the secrets there. He talked of having characters who re-invent themselves and how their characters may not be telling the truth.

Location

Jane Corry talked about the sea and also working in a prison and started writing about the families, changed because of the crimes someone within has committed. This, I thought was an interesting angle and intrigued to one day read We All Have Secrets. She also talked about the sea and how it becomes a character within itself. She had some amusing stories about her observations whilst being in the sea.

Kate Evans also likes the sea and talked about how she loves its changing moods and talked of Scarborough being an interesting geographical place being around the sea and moors and then the juxtapositions of old and new architecture.

Trevor Wood talked about the Newcastle being seen as a small party city and talked about it being ideal for having his homeless characters to be watching on, whilst people went about their lives.

They talked too about small places and now people all know each other or think they do. This is a theme I’ve seen crop up in previous talks.

Influences

Jane Corry talked about her life going through a period of change and worked in prisons teaching prisoners how to write letters, stories, poetry etc. You could tell that what she experienced and saw whilst doing this, doesn’t really leave her as she talked about fairly high security categories of prison, the behaviours, but without divulging anything confidential.

Kate Evans worked in a non-governmental organisation tackling extreme poverty and trying to change policy. She talked a little about how this affected her as her life was comparably comfortable. She also talked a bit about a bout of depression and perimenopause, trained to work in this field and then decided she wanted to write her characters with psychological depth.

Trevor Wood joined the Navy in 1977 and talked about being a writer there. He also talked a bit about the shock of the Falklands War and how his friends, who fought out there changed forever.

They each put a bit of themselves in, as experiences in their lives emerge, although Trevor Wood, less so.

Dual Timelines

Jane Corry talked intently about how we all carry history and has a theory about us all inhabiting many feelings from the generations. She also thinks previous generations, older people and what they’ve lived through is fascinating. 

Kate Evans loved history, the stories and connections and her book touches upon a lesser known part of history.

Trevor Wood talked about The Man On The Street being originally a stand alone book, but is now a series. He uses a dual timeline to demonstrate the many reasons why people end up on the streets.

Books Coming Soon

Coming To Find You by Jane Corry – about 2 people, one in WW2 and another going through ‘silent sentence’ – when a member of the family has committed a crime.

Kate Evans – No Justice about human trafficking 

Trevor Wood – You Can Run – a stand alone book featuring mercenaries.

 

#BloodyScotland #Writeup and #Reviews By Lou of The Party’s Over Panel – @claremackint0sh @cbrookmyre @Lin_Anderson #Thrillers #TheLastParty #TheCliffHouse #ThePartyHouse

The Party’s Over

Each book on this panel had murderous books set at parties. The talk was fascinating on many different levels as the authors talked about some of their books content and their influences. It was all very entertaining too. Before I knew it, an hour was up and this part of the party was well and truly over. All books mentioned are available now.

Panel: Clare Mackintosh, Chris Brookmyre, Lin Anderson

There are links after my write up to reviews I wrote previously on books by Chris Brookmyre and Lin Anderson. There will be one on Clare MacIntosh’s book in the near future.

 

Clare Mackintosh is the author of 5 bestsellers.

The Last Party, she says is set at a New Year’s Day party, held in a luxury resort on the border between England and Wales. She talked of bridges being built and all is going well, until someone is murdered…

Clare MacIntosh talked about not mentioning Covid as she doesn’t ever refer to current affairs or fixes a time in her books because she wants her books to be timeless, but she does fix a place. What was interesting, however, was the angle she chose to allow to feed into her book, that was Covid related, and that was her fascination of how people were crossing borders into different parts of the UK. She also touched upon Air B n B homes popping up in Wales and the “incomers” and how, I’m a way she is an “incomer”, so talked about how anyone moving, tries to fit in and how important that is to blend into the community.

She was asked about her police background and whether it a blessing or a curse.  The blessing seems to be that it is useful for research, but the curse is knowing too much and remembering to fictionalise it. It was also fascinating hearing about how she fell into writing by accident in a way and how demanding working in the police was, especially the impact on her family life. 
 
 

Chris Brookmyre talked about it being set on a fictional luxury island, that he has put people on, who you perhaps wouldn’t normally put together and how they have secrets to hide. He also says it’s about friendship and forgiveness.

She’s rented a luxury getaway on its own private island. The helicopter won’t be back for seventy-two hours. They are alone. They think.

He talked about how he thought writers were influenced by lockdown parties going on for those not abiding by the rules (politics was mentioned, because I guess, how could they not, by all of the authors), and how they created their own parties on a written page and virtual parties.

Chris Brookmyre also talked about creating tension between groups of people and his writing style and influence in a way of knowing you’re at the end of a chapter is fascinating and may remain in my mind. It turns out the end of Eastenders, with those drums and the end of a chapter have something in common – they both want you to tune into more, so it sounds like those dramatic Eastenders drums at the end of each episode and thinking of this, can help when knowing if the tension or dramatic effect of a chapter is there, or whether it is finished or has more to be written.

He talked about the island he set his book on and wanting a sense of isolation and also to portray the different levels of friendship you have with different people. He also talked about how he was conscious of the links between this book and Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ being made, but talked about how that was retribution and how his book is about having secrets and having to forgive.

It’s a stand alone psychological thriller, set in Blackrig in the Scottish Highlands and the outrage villagers have of a party house going to open.

Someone went missing 5 years ago and was never found, until now, creating all sorts of suspicion in the small village.


Lin Anderson talked about The Party House and how there is one bottom of a road she knows and how her friend had lots of highly entertaining stories to tell.

She talked about lockdown and the time where people were trying to flea to remote places to try and ‘escape’ Covid. It was interesting to hear what a sudden influx of people from all over felt like to locals, which features a bit.

The book is written with 2 view points, both with secrets and lies. She talked about small villages and how people talk and think they know everything about you (so true) and how this features.

Lin Anderson also divulged how her dad worked in the police force and ‘interrogated’ her in her childhood, much to the audience’s amusement, which then led onto some hilarious stories about real criminals being caught time and time again – one continually drew smiley faces after committing a crime, thinking this was clever, but of course was caught.

So, all in all, an enjoyable and entertaining talk is given by these 3 authors, so if you ever get an opportunity to watch them, I highly recommend you do so.

Now, I have mentioned how I have read and reviewed The Cliff House By Chris Brookmyre and The Party House by Lin Anderson, both of which are absorbing and enthralling thrillers, which I rated 5 stars. Here are links to those reviews and also a previous talk I saw with Chris Brookmyre.

The Cliff House Review      The Cliff House Talk              The Party House

 

#Spotlight and #Review for Joanne Harris @Joannechocolat @BloodyScotland Brownlee_Donald @alexxlayte @orionbooks @BloodyScotland

I am incredibly excited to be on the blog tour for Bloody Scotland 2022 to tell you about Will Carver and Joanne Harris. This post will be about Joanne Harris, a further one will inform you about Will Carver, but let me tell you a little about the festival first.

Bloody Scotland turns an stunning 10 years old this year and is more than established itself as a firm favourite of Crime Authors and Readers in Stirling. This year it is kicking off from Thursday 15th running to Sunday 18th September 2022. This amazing festival brings Stirling to life with fabulous venues at The Golden Lion Hotel, The Albert Halls and The Tolbooth, all on close proximity of each other.

Meet The Panel – Joanne Harris and Janice Hallett

Sunday 18th September
Albert Halls

11:30am – 12:30pm

Joanne Harris is the author of 22 novels, including Chocolat which was made into an Oscar-nominated movie. Her books have been published in over 50 countries and won a succession of British and international awards. Her latest novel is the compulsive A Narrow Door, the remains of a body unleash buried secrets in St Oswald’s School. Janice Hallett’s twisty debut The Appeal was the Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year and firmly established her as a writer to watch. Her bestselling new novel, The Twyford Code, is a fiendishly clever tale of a disgraced author, a missing schoolteacher and an ex-con desperate to solve a baffling, decades-old puzzle.
The event will be chaired by Dan Simpson of the Writer’s Routine podcast.

Buy Tickets Here

                                      Blurb

Now I’m in charge, the gates are my gates. The rules are my rules.

It’s an incendiary moment for St Oswald’s school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls.

Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. As the new regime takes on the old guard, the ground shifts. And with it, the remains of a body are discovered.

But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She’ll bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before. After all…

You can’t keep a good woman down.

Review

I have read more Joanne Harris’s books for at least 20 years. Each one I hear of being published is cause for great excitement and joy! She is a admirable in what she crafts out of words, different places, different times, different people to create many stories and the imagery she places in reader’s minds, using many genres and themes; be the setting in France, the UK or the worlds created in Norse Mythology or those in The Child Ballads.  
When I first picked up one of her books, I knew this was an author I wanted to read more from. Under the guise of lovely settings are powerful themes that resonates universally. Each book is compulsive reading in many ways and allows readers to explore, not only the different characters and settings she creates, but also different parts of society. Each book, whether it is stand-alone or a series has themes that are identifiable and that people can relate to as she pulls back the curtain and sheds light on society, it’s attitudes, it’s strengths and weaknesses, communities coming together or being divided and so much more. I think, after so many years, it is safe to say that Joanne Harris and her books have longevity, each standing the test of time thus far and perhaps that and that they’re compulsive reading, is in part why.
 I cannot wait to read what comes next… For now, here is my review of A Narrow Door. Below this, find out more about some of the books I have reviewed.

Step through A Narrow Door with all its symbolism and connotations, and a lot awaits…
The book is split into 8 parts, plus a preface and epilogue. Each part is named after something in Greek Mythology and written in English underneath. It’s eyecatching, as you’d think it is, but even more so because of this as it’s different. The narrative here and throughout is strong and compulsive. Hours disappeared into the midst of time whilst reading this book.

No longer is St. Oswalds an all boys grammar school. It is now an academy with a female headmaster at the helm and females can now enter and be educated there with the boys.

This is an absolutely powerful book, even from the preface. Mr Straitley is still around as are a few other staff as are some of the group of boys known as “Brodie Boys”.
The future and the past merges together with old school ties and her new start and then a body is discovered adding an air of mystery to the changes in the school life with the rise of a Rebecca Buckfast.
Merged into the story, that has its mystery, there are also themes of strong females, how they are perceived and some of the myths. It does this very quickly and starkly in the preface, especially. It is written in the most fantastic, mature and knowledgeable way and also leads very well into the rest of, what turns out to be a twisty and compelling, involving complex thriller.

The writing; the air that it brings is powerful and absolutely all encompassing. It demands and captures attention from the beginning. It doesn’t let go. It seeps into your mind and all your senses in one way or another. It puts readers right back to the heart of St. Oswalds, an all boys school that exudes a certain stature and power, but one that wasn’t without its issues. Now the school is changing, catching up with the times.

This is absolutely marvellous writing throughout and the book is pretty hard to put down.
The years go between 1989 and 2006, showing what became tradition and what the school’s future holds as co-education begins as an academy with a female headmaster – Rebecca Buckfast (yes, headmaster and not headmistress. This isn’t a typo), at the helm and she is not to be underestimated. There’s a determination, a resilience in the school and the new headmaster is on a mission! Roy Straitley has a strong view on women and she is set to try and change that. She doesn’t want to let anything get in her way, not even the matter of a body.

Rebecca Buckfast isn’t, however, without her own personal things to deal with. Conrad, her brother, went missing years ago, there’s also the heartbreak and the hope of her parents that she still needs to contend with. There’s some great twists and turns where Conrad is concerned. He had gone to King Henry’s Grammar School for Boys, not St. Oswalds. So, now Rebecca has ties with both and a fight on her hands with both schools.

A Narrow Door is thought-provoking as it takes readers through to a school where nothing is as expected as it tightly twists and turns, holding readers captive in its grasp until its fantastic and fitting end.

Click on the Links of a few reviews of some of her other books to also whet your appetite.

The Strawberry Thief       Blue Salt Road        Orfeia            Honeycomb 

#Spotlight and #Reviews on Bloody Scotland Author – Will Carver @will_carver @BloodyScotland #BloodyScotland @Brownlee_Donald @OrendaBooks #Blogtour

I am incredibly excited to be on the blog tour for Bloody Scotland 2022 to tell you about Will Carver and Joanne Harris. This post will be shining a huge spotlight on Will Carver and a further one will inform you about Joanne Harris in a separate post. You can find links to where you can book tickets, details about the event, the blurb and review and a bit about the author, but let me tell you a little about the festival first.

Bloody Scotland turns an stunning 10 years old this year and is more than established itself as a firm favourite of Crime Authors and Readers in Stirling. This year it is kicking off from Thursday 15th running to Sunday 18th September 2022. This amazing festival brings Stirling to life with fabulous venues at The Golden Lion Hotel, The Albert Halls and The Tolbooth, all on close proximity of each other.

Will Carver is published by Indy publisher Orenda Books and specialises in psychological crime thrillers, where each book is as gripping as the last. These are books that I highly recommend every adult should have on their bookshelves and in their hands. More about my thoughts after what you can expect from the panel: Twisted, starring Sarah Pinborough, Will Carver, Harriet Tyce.

The Event – Twisted

Saturday 17th September 4:30 pm5:30 pm
Golden Lion Hotel, Kings Street, Stirling

There are twists and there are twisted twists. These three authors are devilishly skilled in the dark arts of deception. Sarah Pinborough’s mesmerising Insomnia is an unsettling thriller about a lack of sleep and spiralling paranoia, but it’s spiced with dark undercurrents of something entirely different. Will Carver’s latest off-the-wall thriller The Daves Next Door almost defies description, suffice to say it’s wildly original, shocking, deliciously dark, and like nothing you’ve read before. The pulsating It Ends at Midnight by Harriet Tyce twists and turns like a corkscrew as revenge and murder stalk a lavish New Year’s party in Edinburgh. The event will be chaired by Paul Burke of Crime Time FM. 

For A Ticket Click Here

Blurb

A disillusioned nurse suddenly learns how to care.

An injured young sportsman wakes up find that he can see only in black and white.

A desperate old widower takes too many pills and believes that two angels have arrived to usher him through purgatory.

Two agoraphobic men called Dave share the symptoms of a brain tumour, and frequently waken their neighbour with their ongoing rows.

Separate lives, running in parallel, destined to collide and then explode.

Like the suicide bomber, riding the Circle Line, day after day, waiting for the right time to detonate, waiting for answers to his questions: Am I God? Am I dead? Will I blow up this train?

Shocking, intensely emotive and wildly original, Will Carver’s The Daves Next Door is an explosive existential thriller and a piercing examination of what it means to be human … or not. 

Review
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I have long been a fan of Will Carver and make no secret of this, ever since Nothing Important Happened Today landed in my hands to review on my blog and have been reading his books ever since. His latest book is The Daves Next Door. He reflects the deepest, darkest corners of society; often twisted; sometimes deploying a clever reverse psychology technique; always with  weaving fiction with great observational truths about society; always thought-provoking and always intensely gripping. I start his books as early in the day as I possibly can because once started, they are very hard to put down.

Here is what I thought of his latest book – The Daves Next Door and feel free to check out the links afterwards to some of the other reviews I’ve written on my blog.

Darkly thought-provoking as Will Carver’s books are; The Daves Next Door is another highly unique, shockingly plausible thriller.

The events within the book, as it says near the start, are pretty close to the truth, but are actual fictional. There are many stories in the universe, big ones and small ones and this is shown within this book and majestically points this out in a captivating way, right from the prologue. The book isn’t really about that terrorist attack at all, it’s about insights and observations of society. It isn’t your typical thriller with such characters as is within the blurb, with death, blood, guts and gore. It’s more a cerebral, psychological thriller; which is where Will Carver’s books tend to settle in.

This book packs a punch! Will Carver and his bravery of saying things how they are in excellent story-telling that captivates until the very end, meaning for many a late night reading one of his books. What Will Carver expertly does is shows the consequence and the aftermath of an event. The events are explosively shocking! People who didn’t initially know each other now have a connection. He has taken a different angle starting with the prologue and then ingeniously finishes the prologue on a question, so how can you not be enticed to read on?

Then the book takes readers to the Daves. They are terribly unwell, both psychologically and physically, but there is some unexpected optimism in tone at certain times.

The book shows a little about being in a life or death scenario and the human condition. There’s an old man and the Daves and a young sportsman who have of course been in better ways in their health and life. There’s also Vashiti, the nurse, who questions her ability to care, whether she actually does care and then re-learns this. There’s also a could be terrorist and what thoughts go on. There is also, intriguingly, some chapters called God? Terrorist? Narrator? – all 3 mentioned in the title, before splitting off a bit. It’s a very unique book and this poses a very different set of questions, compared to the Daves or the nurse.

There’s so much that is thought-provoking that makes you see things in different ways as the book takes readers on a journey into the human psyche. This is something Will Carver does rather expertly and then fictionalises it just enough to create an entrancing, yet very plausible story that shows elements of society and perhaps shows parts in a true light. He finds all the darker, often hidden in plain sight corners and reflects them back to the reader.
There are elements of themes and writing style that are reminiscent of Nothing Important Happened Today and Hinton Hollow Death Trip, but it is perfectly okay not to have read these first as The Daves Next Door is standalone. They all shine a light in the most original ways on society in storytelling that I certainly hadn’t seen before. So, if you need something to read that is entirely new, check out Will Carver’s books.

The Daves Next Door is compulsive and immersive reading. Like his other books, it provides great insight into the world and people’s minds, parts that aren’t particularly talked about, but are there, quietly existing amongst the earth today. Will Carver takes people out of the everyday thoughts and observations and gives a different, but still truthful, perspective on society. It’s yet another must read book. I know, I know, I’ve said this about every single book by Will Carver that I have read and reviewed, which is almost all of them, but it isn’t something I say lightly. Books by him go deep into your soul, are unforgettable and could, if everyone read them, have people having a deeper understanding, a deeper insight and perspective into society as well as thinking about their own lives, all in what are works of fiction, but a white-knuckle journey, close to the truth.

Feel free to click on the links of the titles of just a few of his previous books before I go on to tell you a bit about the man himself.

Nothing Important Happened Today      Hinton Hollow Death Trip     Psychopaths Anonymous

 

About Will Carver

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, The Beresford is out in July. His previous title Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was
longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Good
Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.