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Book 4 or is it 5?

Firstly, I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything here since the end of February!

Since Trial by Execution, the third DCI Winters book,  was published, I’ve been very busy and although I’m fairly active on Twitter, I usually only post here when I have book updates.



I’ve spent the last few months looking at the last two books I have under contract with HQ, and now I have had the thumbs up from my editor, I can now reveal that my fourth novel will be a standalone (currently titled ‘In The Blood’).




What happened to DCI Winters?

Well, the fourth book in the series was originally going to be just that. My fourth novel to be published, followed by a fifth in the series.

However, I’ve had a few ideas kicking around for some time for various standalone projects and after a chat with my editor we decided to make my fifth book a standalone, therefore ending the DCI CW series at four books – for the time being anyway.

I started writing the fourth book (currently titled The Devil’s Letters) but an idea for the standalone kept getting in the way and became something I was itching to get stuck into. After another chat with my editor and much consideration, we have decided to switch book 4 and 5 around.

It means that readers will have to wait a little longer for their next DCI Winters fix (late next year at the earliest – the existing pre-order pages will change to reflect this soon) but I’m so excited for the new standalone and I can’t wait to share it with you all next year in the spring.

Don’t worry!

I’m not going off in a completely new direction – there will still be an investigative feel about the standalone, and it will include the usual complexity and dark rawness that is clear in all my books. I’m confident that existing fans of the DCI Winters series will enjoy this fresh new story and characters just as much. Think psychological thriller meets police procedural, and that will give you an idea what’s in store.

The first draft is due end of September, but before I get back to the grind, I’ll leave you with this blurb that I’ve put together for the standalone. Enjoy!


‘People write books on it – the reasons why people kill. Reality is, they’ve only just scratched the surface. They don’t know about me . . . it’s a primal instinct. And that’s what makes me so dangerous.’


He has killed again. He shows no sign of stopping. He’s a killer born, not made. He just wants more teens to fill his playground.



It is six months since Charlotte almost lost everything; six months since she became determined to keep her daughter, Elle, safe. Now it has become an obsession that threatens to push their already strained relationship to the brink.

These events have opened a door to a past that should have remained buried for the sake of her family.

When her world collides with the killer’s, hidden secrets are brought to the surface, and suspicions will force Charlotte to face a devastating and deadly truth; something that runs far deeper than she could ever have imagined.



Here it is!

I think this has now replaced The Principle of Evil as my new favourite cover from the series so far. It’s fitting to the story and incredibly atmospheric.

TRIAL BY EXECUTION is available to pre-order now from across Amazon, Kobo, Google, iBooks. The Kindle app can be downloaded for FREE to most smartphones, PC or tablets.

Published 24th February 2017.

FOR ALL OUR SINS Paperbacks!

My editor, Clio Cornish, with the first few copies!

OK,  so the paperback isn’t out until October, but LOOK!

They arrived in the publisher’s office yesterday and I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on my copies 😀

My book is in fantastic company here...

My book is in fantastic company here…

These pictures came at the perfect time yesterday.  I’m now editing the first draft of book 3 (which will be having a new title – more on that soon!), before it goes off to my editor and the nagging doubts have crept in as my deadline looms.

If anyone ever thinks that the worries go away and that everything gets easier with the more books you write, you’re wrong! At least where I’m concerned anyway.

I’ll post more of an update when I can, but for now, I just had to share these pictures.

It makes all the early starts, late nights and days spent at the desk worth it all, just to see and hold a physical copy of your book – something you have poured your heart and soul into.

The HarperCollins Summer Party 2016


Last night I was lucky enough to attend the HarperCollins Summer Party at the gorgeous V&A Museum, in London.


It was an amazing event and whilst being nervous, I am so glad I went. I got to chat to other authors, agents, and the wider team at HC, as well as catch up with the editors from the Carina imprint.


Authors L-R: Phaedra Patrick, me, BA Paris and AL Bird.

Beforehand, the HQ team (HQ is the newly formed imprint that merged previous Harlequin imprints such as MIRA etc) held pre-party drinks at the Rembrandt Hotel, opposite the V&A. We got the chance to raise a glass to the new imprint before heading over to the huge party across the road.

To be honest, everything was a blur. The venue was packed, the alcohol was flowing and the canapés were to die for (especially the desserts!). I got to meet some fantastic authors, and the teams from across the whole of HarperCollins. Many I have only ‘spoken’ to via social media, so it was lovely to meet these people properly.


I saw authors I have long admired and found ‘new voices’ I have yet to read, but whose books I will be adding to my (ever-growing!) to-be-read pile.

It was a fantastic evening and experience that I hope I might be lucky enough to repeat.



New contract – more books!


Now that everything is ‘official’, I’m pleased to announce that I have signed another contract with Carina UK, (a digital first imprint of HarperCollins) for the next three books in the DCI Claire Winters series!

Book 3, Skin Deep, is shaping up nicely and is due to be released this autumn and I intend to start book 4, The Devil’s Letters, early August. Book 5 (currently untitled) will follow in the latter part of 2017/early 2018.

Skin Deep will be available for pre-order soon, but until then, The Principle of Evil is still at 99p  until the end of May on Amazon UK in their Kindle Monthly Deal. Grab your copy and make a great saving! 😀