Author and crime science advisor
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Within the pages of Fatal Hate, published on April 12th, there are over thirty ‘Easter Eggs’ - quotes, references, crime-related individuals’ names and paraphrased remarks, from popular culture and real life. For instance, a character might use Harold Macmillan’s phrase ‘you’ve never had it so good’, or quote Clint Eastwood’s saying ‘Do you feel lucky? (punk)’.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find as many of these Easter Eggs as you can and email the list to Hobeck Books at firstname.lastname@example.org, noting the full sentence where each phrase occurs in Fatal Hate and the original source of the words.
The person who finds the most will receive a signed copy of my next book, Fatal Dose, and a special box of chocolates from Maybrick and Cream. Packed in a tasteful arsenic-green and gold box, the selection features such favourites as Strychnine Surprise, Belladonna Cream, Toffana’s Toffee, Aconite Praline, Cyanide Swirl and Arsenic Delight. Chocolates to die for, made by Christopher’s House of Chocolate, Weston-super-Mare (www.facebook.com/christophershouseofchocolate).
Do you feel lucky?
1. All entrants must have a UK postal address to which any prize will be dispatched.
2. Entries must be sent to Hobeck Books by email only at email@example.com by midnight BST on 30th June 2022. Postal entries or entries received via social media will not be accepted.
3. The winner will be the person who spots the most Easter Eggs in Fatal Hate. In the event of more than one person submitting the same number, the winner will be the person whose entry is received first and the first runner-up will receive a signed copy of the book.
4. The full list of Easter Eggs will be published on the Hobeck website (www.hobeck.net) within two weeks of the competition closing date.
5. The judges’ decision is final.
I'm really excited to have been awarded a Premier Readers' award from Chill With Book for Fatal Trade, my first crime thriller featuring DC Mel Cotton.
Reaching the point of no return, Martina is ready to make her move. After years of being the victim, it’s now time to turn the tables.
The small grey-haired woman grimaced as she entered the police station, dragging a tartan shopping trolley containing her husband’s head.
‘What are you useless buggers going to do about this?’
DC Melanie Cotton’s fledgling career is about to take an interesting turn. Recently transferred to CID, Mel is excited by this disturbing case – her first murder investigation as a detective.
She’s determined to make her mark.
But, as she discovers, there’s far more to this case than a gruesome killing and Mel’s skills and courage are about to tested to the limit.
Fatal Trade will be published on 14th September by Hobeck Books as an ebook and paperback. The ebook is available to pre-order at amazon. The paperback ISBN is 978-1-913793-39-5
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT FATAL TRADE
"I was hooked by the second page"
"...a dark, spine-chilling thriller"
"Brutally compelling with brave, hard-hitting realism realism"
"A great debut novel"
"One of the best police procedurals I've read this year"
"A fast-paced book with plenty of action. A clear 5* from me"
Comments from the Hobeck Advanced Readers Team
CRIME WRITING: HOW TO WRITE THE SCIENCE
An essential guide for crime writers on the scientific aspects of crime, including poisons, firearms, body disposal, fires & explosions and DNA. Crime readers find it fascinating, too. Published by Studymates, it's available, as a paperback, from all bookshops, Waterstones online and at amazon
A free e-book novella introducing some of the characters in Fatal Trade. Sign up at www.hobeck.net for your copy
Some of my short stories appear in this anthology from the Weston-super-Mare writers' group Writers in Stone. Available at amazon
THE DARK SIDE OF CHRISTMAS
This charity anthology, produced by Hobeck Books in aid of Streetreads, includes a story of mine called Payback - plotting, revenge and a spectacular interruption to a Christmas meal!
MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
I have an intriguing locked room mystery in this anthology of short stories, on the theme of music, produced by the Crime Writers Association and published by Flame Tree Press https://www.amazon.co.uk/Music-Night-Crime-Writers-Association-ebook/dp/B098VYBC3S
I am a chemist and biologist. I worked for many years in the environmental field and as an Open University tutor. I am also an avid crime reader.
I turned from science to crime when I attended Crimefest in Bristol, in 2016. I found the crime writing community open and friendly so I resolved to use my knowledge of science to help authors get scientific details correct. I have advised a number of leading crime writers on scientific topics. In 2019 my website www.crimewriterscience.co.uk metamorphosed into the book Crime Writing: How to Write the Science.
In the same year, I won a competition, run by the Facebook group Crime Fiction Coach, to find the best opening line for a crime novel. I then had no option but to write the book to go with that line! The result was Fatal Trade, to be published on 14th September 2021 by Hobeck Books. Fatal Beginnings, a free novella introducing some of the characters, is available at www.hobeck.net
Several of my short stories are published in the Writers in Stone anthologies Cuckoo and Lock and Key. One of my stories appears in The Dark Side of Christmas, a charity anthology produced by Hobeck Books, and another in the Crime Writers Association anthology Music of the Night.