Huge thanks to everyone who entered the above. Kenilworth Books had a great response and we had lots of fun setting the clues, doing the illustrations and chatting to you all. The winner of the £30 book token was chosen at 6 PM on Tuesday and, for anyone who wants the answers, they can be found on the Kenilworth Books blog, at the end of the post. Click >here<
The Curator seems to be doing well with thousands of readers having got their copies already. Indeed, the first two weeks of sales show that it is up on where Black Summer was at the same point, across all formats (by hundreds of % for e-books and audiobooks), and this is despite the lockdown. Sales had revised their forecast down, as they had for all Little, Brown authors, but we’ve not only smashed this, we’ve actually built on last year. That’s down to you, so thank you. And now bookshops are opening again, those of you who refuse to order online have a chance to get their copy from a real bricks and mortar store.
And things don’t stay still. My editor had a meeting yesterday about the fourth Poe novel, Dead Ground (out June 3rd 2021). The design team now have their cover brief and sales know how to pitch it to booksellers etc.
Here’s the blurb for those of you who haven’t seen it:
Detective Sergeant Washington Poe is in court, fighting eviction from his beloved and isolated croft, when he is summoned to a backstreet brothel in Carlisle where a man has been beaten to death with a baseball bat. Poe is confused – he hunts serial killers and this appears to be a straightforward murder-by-pimp – but his attendance was requested personally, by the kind of people who prefer to remain in the shadows.
As Poe and the socially awkward programmer Tilly Bradshaw delve deeper into the case, they are faced with seemingly unanswerable questions: despite being heavily vetted for a high-profile job, why does nothing in the victim’s background check out? Why was a small ornament left at the murder scene – and why did someone on the investigation team steal it? And what is the connection to a flawlessly executed bank heist three years earlier, a heist where nothing was taken . . .
First, however, we have the small matter of Cut Short, the trio of short stories coming out on September 3rd. I’m hoping to reveal the cover soon and you’ll be the first to see it.