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The Companion
09 Jun 2022 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781801109246

In a grand old mansion in the middle of the Sussex countryside, six people have seen more than they should... The new standalone thriller from Lesley Thomson.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 400 pages
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: US
A Kind of Vanishing
Death of a Mermaid
The Detective's Daughter Series Boxset
The Runaway
The Detective's Daughter
Ghost Girl
The Detective's Secret
The House With No Rooms
The Dog Walker
The Death Chamber
The Playground Murders
The Distant Dead
The Mystery of Yew Tree House
Also by Lesley Thomson
The Companionby Lesley Thomson

In a grand old mansion in the middle of the Sussex countryside, seven people have seen more than they should... The new chilling thriller from Lesley Thomson.

James Ritchie was looking forward to a boys' day out with his son, Wilbur – even if he was a little late picking him up from the home of his ex-wife, Anna. Annoyed by his late arrival, and competing for their son's attention, Anna leaves the two of them to their day with the promise of a roast dinner when Wilbur returns.

But Anna will never see her family again. That afternoon, James and Wilbur are found dead, the victims of a double stabbing on the beach.

DI Toni Kemp, of Sussex police, must unravel a case which has shocked the county to its core. What she discovers will lead her to Blacklock House, a grand country mansion, long ago converted into flats. Here in the middle of nowhere, where a peacock struts the lawn, and a fountain plays intermittently, seven long-term residents have seen more than they should.

But this is a community who are good at keeping secrets...

'Like the best of Barbara Vine and Agatha Christie crossed with the unique Lesley Thomson brilliance.' Elly Griffiths
'This modern take on the country-house mystery shocks from the off.' The Times
'Colourful characters and devious plotting.' Ian Rankin
'Electrifying, gritty.' Woman's Own

Lesley Thomson grew up in west London. Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People's Book Prize in 2010. Her second novel, The Detective's Daughter, was a #1 bestseller and the resulting series has sold over 750,000 copies. Lesley divides her time between Sussex and Gloucestershire. She lives with her partner and her dog. Visit her website at

Lesley Thomson is a #1 bestseller.

Lesley Thomson is a popular fixture on the crime circuit and always well-reviewed.

A locked-room mystery set in the South Downs.

MARKET: Eve Chase; Sarah Waters; Barbara Vine; Agatha Christie.

'This modern take on the country-house mystery shocks from the off' The Times

'An eerie thriller' Choice Magazine

'This is a thoroughly entertaining and very contemporary take on the traditional country-house mystery, switching from sinister to comic with practised ease' Daily Mail

'An electrifying, gritty read' Woman's Own

'What more could any crime fiction fan want? Provocative characters, most of whom have excellent motives for committing the murders and all of whom make you smile or wince; a location straight out of Agatha Christie; a mystery that will keep you guessing right to the end as the clues point in one direction then another, then another; and even a hint of romance before the end. It all adds up to the best kind of crime novel' Promoting Crime Fiction

'Lesley Thomson's delicious take on the classic country-house mystery' Daily Telegraph

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