The clock is ticking and the Lakes are deep...
Think the Lake District is a lovely place to visit? Think again. A Psychological & Chilling Thriller set in and around the fictional town of Kirkdale in Cumbria. One by one the young women of Kirkdale are being found grotesquely murdered, with no clues as to why.
Lying between the great lake Kirkwater and the base of Kirkby Pike, although beautiful, Kirkdale isn't exactly the most exciting place on the planet. But after young reporter Jenny Flood moves into the relaxed Cumbrian town, it sets a catalogue of events in motion that brings this comfortable community to its knees.
When middle aged G.P. Charlotte Peterson discovers Jenny has followed her from Bradenthorpe, six years after a fling with her philandering doctor husband Miles, it stirs deeply buried mental health issues from her youth. In the run up to the Kirkdale country show, the arrival of this third and most recent adversary triggers the already edgy and emotionally scarred Charlotte into finally stepping over the edge. Her longing to destroy Jenny has been on a slow and very resentful burn for years, now the reality of achieving that presents itself as a genuine possibility.
Can journalist Andrew Gale protect new colleague Jenny, girlfriend Gina and her best friend Molly from the psychotic GP's insane agenda? How will sarcastic ex Met. Officer Harry Longbridge deal with Andrew's continued interference?
Then there's the unexpected arrival of an American mystery woman. And just who is on the Blood List?
Really enjoyed meeting local crime thriller fans at my King's Lynn W.H. Smith event on Saturday 19th January, and my author talk and book signing at Downham Market Library on Tuesday 12th February. Thank you to everyone who came, and do drop me a line to let me know what you thought of the book!
Hi I’m Ali and thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my website and I’ll endeavour to keep things current and interesting. Just to share some background bits with you - I was born in Surrey in 1958, and moved to East Anglia in 2003 spending a few years in Cambridgeshire, but am now settled just outside King’s Lynn with my husband Bruce, 5 dogs and 6 cats. (Yes I know the dog/cat thing is a bit mad!)
I originally found some success in writing poetry in the 80’s and 90’s, but inspiration for my debut thriller came after the Shipman case hit the headlines in 1999/2000, and after a few years pondering, 2006 saw the beginnings of ‘Blood List’ when the dark and deeply psychotic G.P. ‘Charlotte’ was born... The full story took its time to complete however, as three quarters of the way through there was a very long period of writer’s block between 2008 and 2018. It was an author friend who finally persuaded me to pull it out of the laptop and finish it, for which I will be eternally grateful. At the time of writing, the sequel is in its infancy and I sincerely hope it won’t take another twelve years for this one to come to fruition! (Luckily I have a quite a few readers who wouldn’t be at all happy with that lapse...)
Aside from my writing I am a proud mum to two grown up sons, and also a mega proud nanny to an adorable granddaughter - although at only 5 she won’t be reading ‘Blood List’ anytime soon! My favourite places are Norfolk, Cornwall and Cumbria, I have a major aversion to flying and a bit of an addiction to cake - oh and plotting murder!
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