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The Birthday Girl

Published by Canelo US
Distributed by Simon & Schuster


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About The Book

Welcome to Eldey, an island in Wales with deadly secrets.

Mona is a carefree artist staying at the island's upscale hotel to work on her illustrations. Beth is the harried mother of a toddler, on the island for a weekend escape with her family. Charlotte wanted a romantic getaway with her husband, not a trip with his troubled teenage stepdaughter. One of them is a serial killer who poisoned four of the girl's friends at her eleventh birthday party. Three guests who fit the profile. Cut off from the mainland and isolated on a remote Welsh island, former detective-turned-hotel-manager Mallory Dawson will have to figure out whodunit before the killer risks everything to attack again.

An absolutely gripping Welsh crime novel, perfect for fans of Sarah Pearse and Lucy Foley.

About The Author

Sarah Ward is a critically acclaimed crime and gothic thriller writer. Her book, A Patient Fury, was an Observer book of the month, and The Quickening, written as Rhiannon Ward, was a Radio Times book of the year. Sarah is on the Board of the Crime Writers Association, Derby Book Festival, and Friends of Buxton International Festival. She is an RLF Fellow at Sheffield University.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Canelo US (July 2, 2024)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781667207353

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Raves and Reviews

Birthday Girl sets a promising foundation for the Mallory Dawson series, leaving readers eager to follow Mallory's further sleuthing as she unravels mysteries amidst the ethereal landscapes of Welsh islands and countryside.

– Margaret Howard, Booklist

A brilliant Christie-esque page-turner with an amazing sense of location.

– Catherine Cooper, "Sunday Times" bestselling author of "The Chalet"

Atmospheric, tense, with lots of twists and turns, I couldn't put this down. With a nod to Agatha Christie, the sharp narrative builds to a nail-biting climax.

– Simon McCleave, author of "The Dark Tide"

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