I was thrilled to be on the (very short) shortlist for the 2021 CWA Margery Allingham short story competition. If you sign up for my website I’ll be sending it out to subscribers, along with other short listed and prize winning shorts.
Like everyone else I had to cancel all my plans for 2020 and early 2021. What I’m missing most is the chance to talk to readers and fellow authors. But we are finding ways to connect online. The UK Crime Book Club, in particular, has been a wonderful support for writers and readers during the pandemic.
Here’s a reading I recorded for UKCBC from The Guesthouse.
In January 202I I chatted to the brilliant Kate Riordan. I love all her books and particularly her latest The Heatwave. You can find my review of the book right here on my Recommended Reads page and here’s our talk.
And this is a short excerpt from ALL THE LITTLE LIES recorded for Christmas 2020. Enjoy!
Earlier in the year Spookfest helped to make autumn a bit more exciting!
I kicked off the festival along with the brilliant writers Victoria Dowd and Rhiannon (Sarah) Ward. We’ve all recently written dark and spooky novels and talked all things gothic (and more). The rest of the Spookfest events are also on youtube.
Go to the UKCBC channel for lots of other fascinating videos (42) Ukcrimebook Club – YouTube
The Guesthouse paperback was released on June 2nd 2020 in the U.S. Order from all good book sellers.
BIG NEWS ALERT!
I’m now also writing as Abbie Frost. THE GUESTHOUSE – is released as an ebook on November 21 2019 and paperback on January 9 2020. Pre-order at all good bookshops and libraries and Harper Collins WH Smith Waterstones Amazon Kobo
For US stockists see Harper Collins US
Some early reviews
Geoffrey Wansell in The Daily Mail
‘Dark, claustrophobic and full of suspense’ Alex Lake bestselling author of After Alice
‘Thrilling’ Sublime Horror
‘A chilling thriller’ Waitrose Magazine
‘This novel has been compared to And Then There Were None by the crime writing queen, Agatha Christie, which is a massive accolade. However, I can honestly say it is a well-deserved comparison’ Travelling Book Junkie
‘I absolutely loved this book. Classic crime fiction transported to a remote house in the west of Ireland.’ Sheila Bugler author of the Ellen Kelly and Dee Doran detective series
‘Her writing is layered, perfectly controlled and precise. So much so it builds the tension to the point you want to run away, but simply can’t. A classic remote house mystery’ JJ Marsh author of the Beatrice Stubbs series
‘I think I suspected everyone at some point but in my wildest imaginings I couldn’t have come up with the truth. A truly great read.’ Netgalley
‘I think I might cancel my holiday – I’m too scared to go! An amazing book from a brilliant author’ Netgalley reviewer
‘I was hooked from the first page.’ Amazon.
If you want to read more about The Guesthouse – and what inspired me to write it – go to The Writer’s Checklist
For another Q&A pop over to Lockey Loves Books
Praise for All the Little Lies.
‘Emotive, compelling and dark, All The Little Lies had me on the edge of my seat throughout!’ Crime Book Junkie
‘I thought I had guessed the outcome, but was delighted for the twists to keep on turning. A great read that I’d recommend.’ Chapter in my Life
‘A brilliant thriller full of untrustworthy characters.’ Bert’s Books
‘I loved All The Little Lies, and would 100% recommend this! The mystery itself, combined with the brilliantly written characters, make for a fascinating story.’ Bookish Blogging
‘A very fulfilling and worthwhile read.’ Net Galley
‘I loved finding out things as Eve did. The ending was a big shock. I couldn’t believe it and had to read some parts twice. Great book.’ Good Reads
‘A cracker of a read! Will have you turning the pages, gripped, until you find find answers’ The Welsh Librarian
‘Grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me gripped’ Rather Too Fond of Books
‘A truly engrossing and compelling tale of lies and loss. Loved it’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘This is a book to devour in one greedy sitting, flipping the pages as the pace increases to the shocking conclusion.’ Bookmuse
‘This is pure human and emotional drama and it works very well. Highly recommended.’ Grab This Book
‘Her Deadly Secret is an absolutely thrilling read with so many shocks and surprises that it kept me on my toes from start to finish. It’s definitely worthy of a huge 5 stars.’ The Book Magnet
‘Wow and wow again,this is a very very good book, I would gladly give it a lot more than five stars if I could.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime
‘Chris Curran has been one of my best discoveries of the year. Everything from her writing style and clever plotting to the psychological insight into her characters: it all works so very, very well you end up reading for hours without realising.’ Good Reads
And check out the blog page for links to some guest posts I’ve been doing around publication time.
My second novel, Amazon bestseller Her Turn To Cry, was also published by Harper Collins and released in July 2016.
London, 1965. Top model Joycie Todd lives a glittering life with photographer Marcus Blake. But her childhood tells a different story…
I talk about my research for Her Turn To Cry over at the Killer Reads Blog where you can also read the first chapter.
‘an atmospheric, gripping and moving tale … Sublime.’ Crime Squad
‘gripping and tense in all the right places. For me a ‘sit-forward-in-my-seat-because-I’m-totally-engrossed’ page turner.’ Jenna Med’s Book Reviews
‘a mystery thriller, and a very lovely one at that.’ The Welsh Librarian
‘An atmospheric suspense … Chris Curran spins a good yarn.’ Izzy Reads
My first novel, Mindsight, is a psychological thriller published by Harper Collins Killer Reads.
Also an Amazon bestseller, it was chosen as a Sunday Express best summer read in July 2016 http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/books/686792/Holiday-book-selection-July-2016
Five years ago, Clare killed her family – her husband, her father, and her son. While she has no memory of the car accident, she cannot refute the evidence of drugs in her system. She has accepted her guilt, and served her time. Now, released from prison, all she wants is to be reconciled with her remaining son, 13-year-old Tommy. But he demands to know the full truth of what happened on that fateful night.
‘A cunning debut novel … Truly gripping’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Rich cast, believable characters, powerful premise, lovely prose and proof that crime fiction can be intelligent and pulse-racing’ JJ Marsh, author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
‘I would highly recommend this novel for readers who enjoy excellently narrated dark and thrilling crime mysteries’ Book Muse
‘I look forward to reading more from Chris Curran and recommend to all who enjoy a good mystery with lots of twists’
Julia Connor, Goodreads