Transworld Crime Fiction Showcase | 29 November 2018 #TWCrime


I was thrilled to receive an invite from Thomas of Transworld to attend their Crime Fiction Showcase on Thursday.  Held at the Soho Hotel, Richmond Mews, just a few minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground.  The hotel was looking very Christmas ready!

Transworld were showcasing the latest books from Fiona Barton “The Suspect” (author of The Widow and The Child), Renee Knight “The Secretary” (first novel, Disclaimer) and debut author Lesley Kara “The Rumour“.

Hospitality was in the Library with drinks and canapes being offered and proof copies of all 3 books placed temptingly around the room. It was great to meet some of the Transworld team – Becky, Tom, Alice and Frankie.

We were then moved to the screening room (and to the most comfortable of chairs) to hear the authors being interviewed by Patricia Nicol of the Sunday Times.

Alison Barrow of Transworld introducing
Renee Knight, Lesley Kara, Fiona Barton, Patricia Nicol

I couldn’t stay until the end and had to leave shortly after the interview but it was a really enjoyable evening and so interesting to hear all three authors talk about their books. I’m very excited to read all of these and am on the blog tours for The Suspect and The Rumour. Thank you Transworld.


The Rumour – Lesley Kara (27 December 2018)

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

The Suspect – Fiona Barton (24 January 2019)

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth–and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think…

The Secretary – Renee Knight (21 February 2019)

Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?

Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.

There’s a fine line between loyalty and obsession. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . .



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