The Deaths of December – News & Events

Hello!

As you might have seen on social media, The Deaths of December is OUT NOW! I celebrated with a launch at Blackwells in Holborn on Tuesday night. It was great to catch up with lots of friends, family (and fans?!) and as usual, the book cover chocolates went down a treat!

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The blog tour runs until the end of November, so if you want to read reviews and several Christmassy guest posts by me, keep an eye on the blogs below:

I will be celebrating again on Tuesday, with a launch in Waterstones in Edinburgh (6.30pm, ground floor) – if you’re in the area, come along for a drink and a chat (and get yourself a signed copy!)

It’s been exciting to spot the book out in the wild – the first time I’ve had a book in a supermarket – thanks, Tesco (Osterley, Lisburn & Musselburgh)!

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If you’d like to come and see me chatting to fellow authors, I will be appearing at a few events in the run up to Christmas:

  • 29th NovemberBibliomaniac presents… Christmas Books at Bennett’s Club, Harpenden with Chloe Mayer, Sue Moorcroft and Jules Wake
  • 4th DecemberFirst Monday Crime at City University, London with Chris Whitaker, Louise Jensen and MJ McGrath (moderated by Claire McGowan) – tickets are FREE and include wine (sponsored by No Exit Press) plus special Christmas events: Secret Santa and Pitch The Audience (featuring Clap-o-meter)
  • 7th DecemberMurder in The Library at Osterley Library with Mark Hill and Tammy Cohen

If you fancy joining in with an online book club, with a chat running until the end of the month, pop over to Clare Mackintosh’s Facebook Event HERE

If you want to see what some of my fellow authors are saying about the book, you can go HERE and if you want to check out a brilliant video review by the amazing Angela Clarke, go HERE.

If you fancy winning a copy (and a load of other excellent goodies, as pictured below) – you can enter HERE (Closes 30th November) – Good luck!

If you have already read and reviewed the book – THANK YOU!!!!!

If not, you can buy it HERE 🙂

Merry (Scary) Christmas!

The CWA Anthology: Mystery Tour

Pretty much the first thing I did when I got my first book deal was to send off a copy of my contract to The CWA, along with my application to join. In 2014, I was shortlisted for the very first Margery Allingham short story competition (and that story has since gone on to be published in esteemed US journal Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine). So you can imagine how delighted I was to find out I’d be having a short story included in the latest CWA anthology! It’s called Mystery Tour, and it features stories that are linked in some way by travel. It includes stories by an incredible selection of crime, thriller and mystery writers . . . and me!

My story is called A Slight Change of Plan. It’s about two old friends who meet up to go hiking, and of course, it doesn’t end well. I wrote the first version of this story a few years ago, when my husband had gone away for the weekend to go hiking with his friend. I started thinking about all the things that could happen, and a dastardly plot started to unfurl in my mind. The two characters popped into my head straight away – a bolshy, vain pain in the arse, and his long-suffering slightly geeky old friend (not based on anyone I know!) But things are never what they seem, are they? When I saw the brief for this year’s anthology, I knew this was the right story. I rejigged it a bit until I was happy with it, and then sent it off. When I heard back from the editor Martin Edwards and the publisher Karen Sullivan (Orenda Books) that it had made the cut, I was so excited! The books look absolutely gorgeous (paperback and limited edition hardback – plus ebook, of course) and all of the stories in there are top notch. Perfect for a Christmas gift for yourself, maybe – there might be some authors in there you haven’t read before . . .

. . . and in case you were wondering – my husband and his friend did make it back safely from that hike 🙂

You can buy the book HERE.

Oh, and I went in to sign a huge pile of hardback copies at Goldsboro Books last week (another author dream come true!)

My latest crime novel The Deaths of December comes out on 16th November.

You can pre-order it HERE.

Harrogate Happenings

Yesterday afternoon, I returned from my annual trip to Harrogate for the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival, the event where 100s of crime writers, bloggers, authors, industry professionals and many, many readers converge at The Old Swan hotel (of Agatha Christie disappearance fame…) for a weekend of talks, parties, drinks, books, scandals and hangovers. As usual, the festival was excellent fun – and even the rain didn’t stop play 🙂

Great things…

  • The Pimms-in-A-Tin tent… genius
  • Promoting my new book The Deaths of December at the Hodder drinks party, which included pulling crackers and saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to a lot of bemused faces (and keeping my reindeer antlers on all night afterwards)
  • Reading my short story ‘The Chair’ while my fellow Slice Girls A.K. Benedict and Steph Broadribb duct taped author Neil White to a chair at The Blues Bar (thanks to Zoe Sharp for the torch!)
  • The Slice Girls performance afterwards (as part of fringe event Noir At The Bar)
  • The Dark Side panel on Friday, featuring Clare Donoghue, Elly Griffiths (this year’s fab festival chair), Simon Toyne, Lesley Thomson & James Oswald – chatting about supernatural elements in crime and why we should all read it
  • Chocolate cake and Prosecco at the Bonnier drinks party
  • Hanging out with lots of really cool people and laughing very much at lots of unrepeatable and ridiculous thing (…laughing at Katerina Diamond telling me to stop laughing so much)
  • Ed’s highanus
  • Danny not being dead

Annoying things…

  • Not getting a burger because it started to piss down with rain and they had to close it down before everything blew away
  • Not spending enough time with some people (and not seeing others at all…)
  • My agent not being there
  • Rain
  • Forgetting to buy Farrah’s fudge
  • Rod Reynolds*

Sad things…

  • Thinking about the beautiful Helen Cadbury, who had planned to be there and will always be missed 💔

Some pics below, mostly stolen from others. Thanks to the organisers for a fantastic event, my publishers for spoiling me with a lovely meal and showering me with praise, the cleaner at The Cairn for giving me extra biscuits, and all the lovely people who kept me entertained. Roll on 2018!!

*Not really 🙂

Book News!

Image: Unrealitymag (from ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)’)

I’m delighted to (finally) share some VERY exciting news about my next book, which will be out in November… in time for a (scary) Christmas 🙂  This is the press release (an abbreviated version was published in The Bookseller) – I’m still pinching myself that I will be sharing a UK publisher with Stephen King!

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Mulholland Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of a chilling Christmas-themed murder mystery by acclaimed author Susi Holliday.

THE DEATHS OF DECEMBER opens with an advent calendar being delivered to a police station – where it is roundly ignored until a curious young DC uncovers a crime scene behind almost every door. Is it a cruel prank? Or has a serial killer previously under the radar resurfaced to kill again?

S.J.I. (Susi) Holliday grew up in East Lothian. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham prize. She has written three crime novels, a mix of police procedural and psychological thriller, set in the fictional Scottish town of Banktoun, which have received high praise from fellow authors and the press and gained her a loyal following.

Ruth Tross, Publisher of Crime & Thriller at Hodder, bought world rights from Phil Patterson at Marjacq. Tross said, ‘I am one of those people who enjoys Christmas most of all as a chance to read more; and I’m thrilled to be publishing Susi’s new mystery, the perfect mix of mistletoe and murder.’

Patterson said, ‘I am thrilled that Ruth will be publishing Susi. I am a big admirer of Ruth and all at Mulholland, and know that this will be a great place for Susi’s talent to shine.’

Mulholland will publish in print and digital in November 2017.

MULHOLLAND BOOKS: You never know what’s coming around the curve.

For more information, please go to www.mulhollandbooks.co.uk or find us on Facebook and Twitter @MulhollandUK

For additional information, contact Rosie Stephen, rosie.stephen@hodder.co.uk