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Jo Spain

Jo Spain is vice-chair of business body InterTrade Ireland and a parliamentary assistant in Leinster House. Her first novel With our Blessing is published by Quercus, London and was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy search for a bestseller competition 2014. The book is based on the investigations of a Dublin-based detective team led by Tom Reynolds. It was launched in Ireland in September 2015 and became a top-ten bestseller that month. It will be launched in Britain in 2016 and the rights have been snapped up in Germany. She has received rave reviews from Martin Sixsmith (author of Philomena) and Sinead Crowley (Can anybody help me?) as well as in leading media and blogs.  Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.

Genres: Mystery
Jo Spain recommends
The Liar's Girl (2018)
Catherine Ryan Howard
"Catherine Ryan Howard is such a skilled storyteller - every setting was evocative, every hook well-placed, every twist expertly-timed. I flew through it! Astonishingly good."
Too Close to Breathe (2018)
(Dublin Crime Bureau, book 1)
Olivia Kiernan
"Really slick . . . A proper page-turner."
Burning Matches (2018)
Paul FitzSimons
"Fast-paced, well-plotted, terrifically written."
When Your Eyes Close (2018)
Tanya Farrelly
"An excellent, twisty tale."
Village of the Lost Girls (2018)
Agustín Martínez
"Addictive, atmospheric and haunting, one of the best books you'll read this year."
She Lies in Wait (2019)
(DCI Jonah Sheens, book 1)
Gytha Lodge
"A stunner, a proper whodunnit. It kept me up well past bed-time, turning those pages. Well-plotted, brilliant characters, beautifully written: a sure-fire hit."
The Silver Road (2019)
Stina Jackson
"A stunning read. Beautifully written and utterly haunting."
The 18th Abduction (2019)
(Women's Murder Club, book 18)
Maxine Paetro and James Patterson
"Terrific, high-octane, really pacy ... this book delivers everything we've come to love in a Patterson novel. Every scene is a film, every character real and every plot point leaves us breathless."
Past Life (2019)
Dominic Nolan
"It's gripping, addictive, a thrill of a ride. This is crime as it should be written. one of the best, original introductions of a protagonist I've read."
The Book Club (2019)
C J Cooper
"A dark, twisty, claustrophobic read. I love those locked room novels (albeit locked village in this case!) . . . A thrilling psychological debut."
A Nearly Normal Family (2019)
M T Edvardsson
"An absolutely fantastic read . . . I can see why it's being pitched as the big one for 2019."
Found (2019)
Erin Kinsley
"One of those rare finds - a page turner that is equally remarkable for the beauty of the writing. It will suck you in and take you on a journey."
Stay Mad, Sweetheart (2019)
Heleen Kist
"On point topical and beautifully written."
Little White Lies (2020)
Philippa East
"Terrifically well-written and engaging."
The Temple House Vanishing (2020)
Rachel Donohue
"An exquisitely written novel. Absolutely beautiful. So evocative for me of all those school greats - The Secret History, Dead Poets Society, Picnic at Hanging Rock. It was such a slow build of tension but simmering with that sinister under-layer the whole time. This is some debut."
Keep Him Close (2020)
Emily Koch
"This is domestic noir as it's meant to be done; riveting and beautifully written."
Our Little Cruelties (2020)
Liz Nugent
"Deliciously dark and engaging writing ... Her fans are in for a real treat."
Precious You (2020)
Helen Monks Takhar
"Twisted, dark, and shocking . . . Absolutely terrific."
Broken Flowers (2020)
Kate McQuaile
"Kate McQuaile writes fascinatingly flawed characters and domestic noir beautifully. The topic may be dark but the writing is so lyrical, you won't want to stop reading."
Dear Child (2020)
Romy Hausmann
"I read Dear Child in one sitting, holding my breath. Such a gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written debut. I loved it!"

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