Vicky’s debut novel, Turn a Blind Eye, is the first in a new series set in East London. It features Bangladeshi detective, DI Maya Rahman. The book opens with Maya back in Sylhet for the first time in thirty years, for her brother’s funeral. As soon as she gets home to London, she is plunged into a high-profile murder investigation as the head-teacher of her old secondary school is found strangled. Beside the body is a piece of card with an ancient Buddhist precept written on it: I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.
Everyone hopes it’s an isolated murder. Then, another body is found. Faced with a community steeped in secrets and prejudice, Maya cannot rest until she’s untangled the cryptic messages left at the crime scenes – before the killer takes another victim. Vicky has drawn on her Psychology background, and her experience of living and working in East London, to develop the characters and plot for the books in the series. Turn a Blind Eye has been optioned for TV by Playground Entertainment. Vicky lives in Whitstable, Kent. You can follow her on Twitter @VickyNewham.
Roz’s debut novel, The Devil’s Dice, is the first in a new series set in The Peak District where she lives.
The book features DI Meg Dalton, who’s recently returned to Derbyshire to make a new start. Nobody knows her past and that’s just the way she likes it. When she’s assigned a suspicious death, it’s her chance to prove to her sceptical colleagues that a slightly chubby vegetarian with a limp can make a great cop.
But it’s a sinister case – a poisoned corpse has been found in a cave, and on the wall there’s a centuries-old carving of the Grim Reaper and the dead man’s initials. The man’s relatives blame a curse dating from the times of the witch trials, and locals claim the cave is haunted. Meg’s sure there’s a rational explanation, but with talk of an underground Labyrinth where teenage girls go to hang themselves, the case is triggering flashbacks and memories of her dead sister. It takes all her brains and a good bit of brawn (not Meg’s strong suit) to solve the mystery and stop her own family falling victim to the curse.
The book has been optioned by ITV Studios, and was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger award. You can follow Roz on Twitter @RozWatkins
Both books are publshed by HQ