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The Shell House Detectives

(The first book in the Shell House Detectives Mystery series)
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"A cleverly plotted and thoroughly enjoyable book about dark deeds in beautiful places."—Elly Griffiths

Welcome to the coastal paradise of Porthpella, where murder lurks among the dunes���

Late one night, a distraught young man knocks on the door of retired and recently widowed Ally Bright’s remote home on the Cornish coast. But before she can make sense of his confused words, he’s gone—not to be seen again until he’s found the next morning at the foot of the nearby cliffs.

In an instant, the peace of Ally’s beachcombing life is shattered. Feeling responsible for the young man’s fate, she wants to help find answers—as does ex-cop Jayden Weston, whom Ally meets at the scene. He shares her certainty that there’s more to the story than attempted suicide. When it emerges that the man is newly released ex-offender Lewis Pascoe, and that Helena, the wealthy new owner of his grandmother’s home, has subsequently disappeared, the tight-knit community of Porthpella is thrown into turmoil.

Driven by their need to know more, the duo decide to investigate the mystery together. Is there a connection between the Pascoe family’s tragic history and Helena’s disappearance? And if there is a killer stalking Porthpella, do Ally and Jayden have what it takes to catch them?

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"My favorite new crime series." - Ginny Bell

"An expertly plotted and hugely compelling murder mystery... Crime fans are in for a treat." - Lucy Clarke

"A big-hearted page-turner with twists you won't see coming and the best pair of amateur sleuths I've read in a long time. I loved it!" - Lucy Diamond

"Suspenseful, twisty and unputdownable...Loved it!" - Claire Douglas

"A treat of a book: immersive, suspenseful, full of twists and turns... It's as captivating as a Cornish summer. I loved it." - Susan Fletcher

"A cleverly plotted and thoroughly enjoyable book about dark deeds in beautiful places." - Elly Griffiths

"Emylia was born to write detective fiction." - Veronica Henry

"Beautifully written, gripping, and so atmospheric... One for fans of Richard Osman!" - Emily Koch

"Captures the magic and beauty of Cornwall wrapped within a warm and engaging detective story. I loved it." - Rosanna Ley

"What a fantastic book this is! Exquisitely written, set in Cornwall, great characters, and a gripping plot... Who could ask for more?" - Jill Mansell

"This beautifully written cosy coastal mystery packs a real punch! With wonderfully atmospheric prose and twists and turns aplenty, the plot will have you riding a wave of suspense long after you've turned the final page. If you love Cornwall, you will adore this book." - Sarah Pearse

"The Shell House Detectives is a hug of a book that is transporting and full of love, with a humdinger of a mystery at its big heart." - Amanda Reynolds

"Certain to win the hearts of Richard Osman and Agatha Christie fans." - Hannah Richell

"Gorgeous writing and a plot crammed with suspense, this is your perfect new crime series for 2023." - Kate Riordan

"The mystery is perfectly paced and the characters vivid and true, inviting us to join in as fellow sleuths as we unravel the secrets of the past. I can't wait to return to Cornwall with Emylia Hall for the next adventure." - Emma Stonex

"Irresistible, beautifully written, and hugely compelling... Kept me turning the pages for one more delicious chapter well into the night." - Rosie Walsh

"A total delight." - Sarah Winman

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