Dear friends and fans,
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth, who died on the evening of Monday, 11th January, following a short battle with cancer. She was 67.
Elizabeth was the author of over thirty novels, in genres including historical, detective, romantic comedy, women’s fiction and children’s fantasy.
A fuller tribute to her life will be posted in due course, but her family and friends were taken very much by surprise. Please respect their privacy at this time.
Condolences can be left on her Facebook page: facebook.com/Elizabeth-Edmondson
The Villa in Italy
An enchanting, tightly woven mystery set in the seductive sunlight of an Italian summer.
None of the four strangers summoned to the magical Villa Dante on the coast of Liguria knew Beatrice Malaspina. Yet she named them in her will: Delia, an opera singer with no voice; George, a physicist haunted by the horrors unleashed at Los Alamos; Marjorie, a struggling detective novelist, and Lucius, a New York banker with grim memories of the war in Europe.
They find a Paladian villa with enchanting frescoes, a mediaeval tower, and a garden that leads to the sea. The villa seems spellbound, with its tower locked and its fountains dry.
Why are they there?
Who was Beatrice Malaspina?
… And what is the devastating secret hidden in her villa?
A new vintage mystery by Elizabeth Edmondson.
From fog-bound London to sun-drenched France…
1947. Exasperated by her tyrannical family, Vicky escapes from rationing and austerity Britain and flees to the south of France.
But she’s not there just for the glorious food, wine and sunshine: she has an inheritance to claim, and a mystery to solve.
Can she find her wartime husband, Philippe d’Icère? Is he alive or dead? A hero or a traitor? An imposter, or a true Frenchman?
Do the answers lie in the Languedoc village of St Aphrodise, where danger lurks in the ancient streets?
How can she be sure who’s a loyal friend and who a bitter enemy?
Vicky seems destined to fail—or will she, in the end, find out the truth about Philippe?
New Release — A Question of Inheritance is out now.
This is the second book in the Very English Mysteries series, following the Amazon bestselling British historical mystery A Man of Some Repute, and the novella A Youthful Indiscretion.
Hugo Hawksworth is on the tail of rogue Cold War agents at a top-secret government facility, while back home at Selchester Castle they’re awaiting the arrival of the new Earl—an American, the long-lost son of the murdered Lord Selchester.
The town of Selchester, rich in scandal and gossip, is unsure what to make of the Earl or his teenage daughters, but they know that his sharp-tongued half-sister, Lady Sonia, furious at being deprived of her inheritance, won’t be a merry guest over Christmas.
The new Lord Selchester can cope with the strangeness of English country life, but he hadn’t expected stolen paintings—or a body in the hothouse.
What’s the link between Hugo’s investigations and the suspicious goings-on in the town and at the Castle? And will he and his allies get to the heart of the mystery before the murderer gets to them?
A bed of roses… Or a bed of nails?
60% of people polled by YouGov put ‘Author’ as most desirable way to earn a living.
But what’s being an author really like?
Come and find out on March 28th, when, as part of the Oxford Literary Festival, novelists Elizabeth Edmondson and Juliet McKenna tell you the truth about the writing life, from traditional publishing to ebooks, from self-publishing to being a hybrid author.
Surviving the rough seas and rocky shores of 21st century writing
Oxford Literary Festival, 29 March 2014
Elizabeth Edmondson, supporting the motion.
To begin with, I dislike both these terms. Genre fiction is a nasty neologism – when did genre turn into an adjective?
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