The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Lorna Dounaeva's New Book: May Queen Killers.
Author Lorna Dounaeva is the author of of sizzling psychological thriller, Fry. It was one of IndieReader.com's Best Indie Books of 2013.
May Queen Killers
Author: Lorna Dounaeva
A missing beauty queen…
At 34 years old, Sapphire Butterworth is a little old to be crowned May Queen, but she has her heart set on the title and no one is going to stand in her way. But then Sapphire disappears in the middle of the May Day celebrations and someone throws a brick through the window of her tea shop. Soon, there are scenes of May Day carnage throughout the village; lambs mauled by vicious dogs and may poles ripped apart.
Mystery writer, Jock Skone is one of the last to see Sapphire and determined to use his detective skills to find her. But Jock quickly discovers that Sapphire’s friends do not know her as well as they thought they did. And Sapphire is not the first May Queen to go missing. Is there a deeper reason why Sapphire wanted the title so badly? Does she know more about the May Queen Killers than she’s been letting on?
?May Queen Killers is a very British psychological thriller set on the English/Welsh border.
Excerpt from May Queen Killers
Sapphire felt a chill as the float drifted up Daffodil Lane. The parade was like a huge snowball, gathering people in its wake.
“Isn’t this amazing?” said Bronwyn. Her ears flapped with excitement and she giggled like a schoolgirl.
Sapphire forced herself to smile.
“Feeling a bit nervous?” her other attendant asked.
She brushed off the enquiry with a swift shake of her head and continued to look out at the crowd. After a while, the other two stopped trying to draw her into their conversation and spoke across her instead. Sapphire barely noticed. She had waited a long time for this day and now that it was here, she wasn’t going to miss a single detail. She looked around, taking it all in. So this was how it felt. The crowd. The excitement. She felt a shadow fall over the float and she looked up at the sky, willing it not to rain for just a little longer. Then she looked back down the valley. From her unique vantage point, she could see all around, from the lambs in the field to the train waiting at the station, and the glittery, blue water of the canal beyond. She could see everyone and everyone could see her. But there it was. The face in the crowd. The one in a million face that made her suck in her breath and hold it tight. She leapt down from the float, ignoring the helping hands held out to her by those nearest.
“Sapphire?” the call echoed through the throng.
Her bouquet fluttered to the ground as she pushed her way through the crowd.
Author Genre: Thriller, Romance, Mystery
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Author Description: Lorna Dounaeva is a quirky British crime writer who once challenged a flamenco troupe to a dance-off. She is a politics graduate and worked for the British Home Office for a number of years. Her debut novel, FRY, is a chick-lit psychological thriller which combines romantic suspense with an intriguing crime mystery that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Her influences include Single White Female, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, The Exorcist and American Psycho. She has two active toddlers who keep her busy wiping food off the ceiling and removing mints from USB sockets. She is addicted to coffee and anticipates an intervention any day now. She is not thought to be dangerous.
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