Any guesses as to who is the most read author in the world? Well, according to a recent Wikipaedia article, it is Agatha Christie – who has estimated sales of between two and four billion! Even beating the bard, William Shakespeare!
Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 of her published ‘whodunits’ – which numbered 85 in total – not forgetting her numerous short stories.
It’s no surprise then that young librarian, Janie Juke, has learned so much from the great man that she has become a successful amateur sleuth. In the fictional Sussex seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, Janie enlists the help of friends and family to solve crimes and mysteries – with her notebook at the ready and Poirot’s advice always on hand.
Agatha Christie was born on 15th September 1890.
And now, to help celebrate the birthday of our wonderful Queen of Crime, you can buy all three books of the Janie Juke trilogy in one compilation.
The Sussex Crime Mysteries is available now for pre-order via Amazon at a special discounted price of £5.99 for just 13 days – don’t delay, the clock is ticking…
It’s fair to say, that there’s cause for celebration back here at Janie Juke HQ! The Invisible Case – the third book in the Sussex Crime mystery series – will be available from this Saturday, 30 June.
As well, as this new novel, brand new editions of the first two books in the series have been published, with beautiful new covers (cover design courtesy of the talented author and cover designer, Christoffer Petersen). The second editions also now include a map of Tamarisk Bay, the sleepy seaside town where Janie lives and works, and a bonus chapter. But the great news is that the price is still the same – at £6.99 each.
And as if that isn’t enough – we have business cards, bookmarks and banners – all being printed, as I write this…
It’s a tragic case for Janie this time – there’s a sudden death and it looks as though it could be suspicious…
Just when Janie was hoping to spend a fun Easter weekend catching up with her Aunt Jessica, who has returned from Italy after nine years of European adventures, the family are caught up with tragedy. Does Jessica’s friend, Luigi, have something to hide? What is the real reason he has come to Tamarisk Bay?
The Invisible Case is available now for pre-order on Amazon for the special price of just £0.99p!
Find it wherever you are in the world –
So much has happened over the last few weeks, all of which has helped to inspire my writing.
First off I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Denmark with my two writing buddies! Spending hours talking and thinking about books is my idea of heaven, plus we got to see a beautiful country in stunning weather – a dusting of snow on the ground, but bright blue skies and no wind. Perfect walking and talking weather.
Returning from all that mental stimulation I was pleased to be able to throw myself into drafting the manuscript for Book 3 in the Janie Juke mystery series. In Book 3 we meet Janie’s Aunt Jessica, who has been travelling abroad for the last few years. She is returning from Italy and so my favourite country has once again been in my thoughts. Just like in Lost Property, Book 3 has references to the Second World War, but getting the period detail correct is critical.
As every author knows, research is a fun part of the writing process, but can often be tricky. Pinning down the right resource, or finding someone who knows the answers can often prove difficult and time-consuming. So, I was very grateful to discover that my cousin (who lives in Rome) was able to provide me with wonderful stories, told to her by her parents, who lived through the Second World War. What’s more, one of her grandchildren has been set the task of interviewing his 90-year-old great-grandmother to find out what she remembers about that time. I can’t wait to hear the results!
My Italian cousin has proved to be a wonderful support, and not just with the new book. Over the past few weeks she has been steadily translating The Tapestry Bag into Italian! She says it has been a labour of love and she’s been enlisting every member of her family to check the translation. So, I am hoping that later this year I will be able to publish an Italian edition of The Tapestry Bag, followed (hopefully!) with Italian versions of the other books in the series.
My final boost of inspiration during February is to see my five star reviews on Amazon continuing to increase in number. There are now SIX for The Tapestry Bag and THREE for Lost Property. It’s so encouraging to know that readers are enjoying the books and I am really grateful for all the support.
But for now, it is back to my drafting – hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s finished. I’ll keep you posted!