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Selchester 3 Announcement

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Dear readers,
We’re delighted to confirm that Thomas & Mercer have signed a contract with Anselm Audley (www.anselmaudley.com), Lizzy’s son and editor of A Man of Some Repute and A Question of Inheritance, to finish the third Selchester novel. A first draft, based on her extensive notes, conversations in the last weeks of her life, and the existing early scenes, was completed in December. Publication is scheduled for September 2017.
Anselm is a novelist, editor, and historian, author of four fantasy novels – Heresy, Inquisition, Crusade and Vespera (none, alas, currently available online) – and more recently the nonfiction Kindle Singles The Day Democracy Died (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Day-Democracy-Died-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B00P00ARFI/), Death Keeps His Court (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Keeps-His-Court-Richard-ebook/dp/B00WT5QVCA/) and Plato and the Tyrant (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tyrant-Kindle-Single-Anselm-Audley-ebook/dp/B015ELC2D2/).
In addition, there are three Elizabeth Aston titles awaiting release later this year. We will update you all closer to the date. Thanks and happy reading!

Elizabeth Edmondson: 1948-2016

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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

Four Strangers in a Dead Woman’s Villa

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The Villa in Italy

An enchanting, tightly woven mystery set in the seductive sunlight of an Italian summer.

Italy, 1958.

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?

Available on Amazon US and Amazon UK (over 500 reviews).

Lost in France in 1947

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Finding Philippe,

A new vintage mystery by Elizabeth Edmondson.

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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?

 

Finding Philippe is available on Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Scandal and Gossip

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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.

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December 1953

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?

 

Read it on Kindle at Amazon UK or Amazon US.

 

 

AN AUTHOR’S LIFE

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wordle 9A 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

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GENRE FICTION IS NO DIFFERENT TO LITERARY FICTION

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book-genreOxford 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?

I object to the term literary fiction for a different reason. It’s weasel-wording, in that it conflates lit fic with literature. It was clever, clever marketing by publishers and academics to set certain contemporary fiction apart and declare it Literature – and therefore Important, Art and somehow better than other writing. Read More