Happy Publication Day to Paul Finch & Sheena Lambert!

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Heck needs to watch his back. Because someone’s watching him…

Across the south of England, a series of bizarre but fatal accidents are taking place. So when a local businessman survives a near-drowning but is found burnt alive in his car just weeks later, DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is brought in to investigate.

Soon it appears that other recent deaths might be linked: two thieves that were bitten to death by poisonous spiders, and a driver impaled through the chest with scaffolding.

Accidents do happen but as the body count rises it’s clear that something far more sinister is at play, and it’s coming for Heck too…

The new Paul Finch thriller releases today! Available in paperback and eBook. For the lastest from the author, follow him on Twitter @paulfinchauthor.

The Lake by Sheena Lambert cover

September 1975.

A body is discovered in the receding waters of a manmade lake, and for Peggy Casey, 23-year-old landlady of The Angler’s Rest, nothing will ever be the same.

Detective Sergeant Frank Ryan is dispatched from Dublin, and his arrival casts an uneasy spotlight on the damaged history of the valley, and on the difficult relationships that bind Peggy and her three older siblings.

Over the course of the weekend, Detective Ryan’s investigation will not only uncover the terrible truth behind the dead woman’s fate, but will also expose the Casey family’s deepest secrets.

Secrets never meant to be revealed.

Critical Praise

‘THE LAKE is beautifully written and offers a fascinating insight into a little-known part of Irish history. Full of suspense, atmosphere and memorable characters, I look forward to reading more from this talented writer.’– Hazel Gaynor, author of New York Times bestseller, The Girl Who Came Home

‘Beguiling … a gentle mystery … Sheena Lambert writes beautifully’ For Winter Nights blog —

 Sheena Lambert’s THE LAKE is now available in paperback. You can also download the eBook. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Sheena Lambert dives below the surface of THE LAKE — out today!

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Happy Publication Day to Sheena Lambert! Her first Killer Reads imprint novel, The Lake, is out today in eBook format. We have the privilege of sharing an exclusive blog post from Sheena in celebration of its release. Continue reading to learn more from the author on the namesake behind this far-from-placid Irish thriller.



The Lake by Sheena Lambert coverLakes are ominous entities.  Even on a clear day when it seems like the sun has scattered diamonds on its surface and its clear water laps gently at the shore, a lake is foreboding.  Its stillness, ever threatening.

It’s usual to associate water with cleansing and renewal; what could be more refreshing than a racing, gurgling river, or more of a balm to the soul than the crashing waves of the churning tides?

But lakes are different.  Lakes are silent; they sit, still, their apparently stagnant water deep and heavy.  Lakes keep secrets.  Unlike those rivers and oceans which like playful children cannot resist the temptation to throw up their hidden treasures, flinging them on their banks and beaches for all to see, lakes hold their secrets close, interred, weighted down by deep, cold water, never willingly revealing what they hide.

Is it any wonder that lakes have been the scene of many murderous crimes?  Some of the most gruesome and shocking killings have had connections to lakes – Lake Bodom in Finland, Coniston Water in England and Lake Shelbyville in the USA are just a few of the lakes that have played a role in serious crime around the world over the past decades.

Even more mysterious are the manmade lakes that spread across the planet like a contagion in the mid 1900s in man’s pursuit of industrialisation.  These lakes, the progeny of great dams built across rivers in rural areas, served to further the development of cities through the provision of fresh water and electricity, while destroying the lives and livelihoods of thousands of country people.  All around the world there are lakes which didn’t exist 100 years ago, their waters guiltily concealing the broken lives and the broken homes of the Washed-Outs who had no choice but to leave.

It is one such lake that sits, quietly, in the townland of Crumm in the Irish midlands.  In 1975, a year of exceptionally warm and dry weather, the water level drops lower than ever before, mysteriously revealing a shallow grave in the drying silt.  Now those, like Peggy Casey and her siblings, descendants of the Wash-Outs who have lived beside the lake all of their lives without giving it much consideration, have no choice but to notice.

And just like every other, this lake has secrets it wants to keep.


Be sure to keep up with the latest from Sheena by following her on Twitter @shewithonee. You can also find her on Facebook and her website.

More from Sheena around the web today.
Writing.ie Magazine:  
A Killer Read: Sheena Lambert on The Lake
Catherine, Caffeinated:  5 Ways To Get a Book Deal

Q&A with author Sheena Lambert @shewithonee #killerfest15

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Your (author) name: Sheena Lambert

Tell us about yourself: I’m from Dublin, Ireland.  I used to be an engineer, now I write full-time.

Tell us about your latest book: The Lake is a crime mystery novel set in Ireland in 1975. It is the story of Peggy Casey, the young landlady of The Angler’s Rest pub and her siblings, and what happens when the waters in the local lake recede, revealing a shallow grave.

When did you start writing? In January 2008. I can pretty much pinpoint the day and hour too, if you like.

Where do you write? Anywhere. Everywhere. Mostly at my kitchen table, and in local coffee shops. The most memorable location was on holidays in France once, on a little wooden table over-looking a valley and surrounded by lavender. That was nice. I finished THE LAKE there.

Which other authors do you admire? Kevin Barry, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde.

Book you wish you’d written? The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Because it was so worthwhile, so entertaining, so successful, and she got to wear Stella McCartney to the Oscars.

Greatest fictional criminal? Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime.

Greatest crime or criminal from the real world? The person who thought it was okay to cease production of United chocolate biscuit bars. I hope they’re doing serious time.

What scares you? Lack of respect for human life.

Are you ever disturbed by your own imagination? No. I have no desire to indulge other people’s need for gore or evil. I’m more interested in writing about the fallout of a crime, rather than the crime itself.

3 crime books you would recommend to EVERYONE

Do you listen to music when you write? Never.

Are you on social media? I’m tweeting about my promotional short video for the Lake as a write this. It’s cute. It stars Lego people. And a Lego lake.

How can fans connect with you? On Twitter @shewithonee or at www.sheenalambertauthor.com