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An Unfamiliar Murder

(The first book in the DCI Helen Lavery series)
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Some secrets just won't stay buried.

Arriving home from a routine day at work, Anna Cottrell has no idea that her life is about to change forever. But discovering the stabbed body of a stranger in her flat, then becoming prime suspect in a murder inquiry is only the beginning. Her persistent claims of innocence start to crumble when new evidence links her irrevocably with the victim...

Leading her first murder investigation, DCI Helen Lavery unravels a trail of deception, family secrets and betrayal. When people close to the Cottrell family start to disappear, Lavery is forced into a race against time. Can she catch the killer before he executes his ultimate victim?

What readers are saying

“… beautifully and confidently written and impossible to put down once you start.”
Christine, NorthernCrimeReviews

“Move over La Plante. We have a new DCI on the case.”
Susan May, Suspense Magazine

“A great mystery, almost Christie-esque in its presentation.”
Liz Loves Books (Amazon Top 500 reviewer)

“It’s a true “keep them guessing until the end” great mystery thriller that I think even Hitchcock would have liked.”
Joanna Lee Doster, Author of Maximum Speed, Pushing the Limit

“An Unfamiliar Murder holds a raw narrative power and moves at an indefatigable pace with a satisfying ending. An engaging thriller that falls into the ‘can’t put it down’ bracket.”
Umbreen Ali, Fusion Lifestyle Magazine

Genre: Mystery

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