Author Spotlight: H L Marsay Has a New Mystery Series!
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I was so thrilled to hear that H L Marsay has a new mystery series coming out that I had to have her come back to tell us all about it!
H L Marsay grew up binge-reading detective stories and promised herself that someday, she would write one too. A Long Shadow was the first book in her Chief Inspector Shadow series set in York. Luckily, living in a city so full of history, dark corners and hidden snickelways, she is never short of inspiration. When she isn’t coming up with new ways to bump people off, she enjoys red wine, dark chocolate and blue cheese—not necessarily together! On the rare occasions when it isn’t raining in North Yorkshire, she can be found tramping across the windswept moors with the five men in her life—two sons, two dogs, and one husband!
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Hello everyone and a huge thank you to Nan for inviting me to come and talk to you about my new release, Four Hidden Treasures, the first book in my new trilogy, The Secrets of Hartwell.
I have to admit that when the amazing Tule team approached me to write a series about four female friends, I was very flattered but also a little nervous. If you have read any of my Chief Inspector Shadow books, then you will know I usually write murder mysteries with a grumpy male protagonist. Writing a series about female friendship from four different points of view was quite a challenge.
But what is life without facing a few challenges? So, I decided to push my nerves to one side and I am so pleased I did. I absolutely loved creating Hartwell (based on some of my favourite Yorkshire villages (Coxwold, Hovingham, and Thornton Le Dale) and meeting my four main characters, Lucy, Meera, Rachel, and Jo. Like most of us, they have their strengths and their weaknesses, but they also each have a secret to keep.
GIVEAWAY! I hope you all enjoy visiting Hartwell and please leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Four Hidden Treasures! The winner will be picked at random and posted here on Saturday morning.
Four Hidden Treasures
Welcome to Hartwell, an English village full of cobbled streets, ancient curses, and buried secrets.
Reeling from the last few years of uncertainty, the villagers of Hartwell are adjusting to their new normal. When two new women separately move to town, they attract local attention and quickly realise Hartwell isn’t as sleepy as it appears.
Lady Lucy Hanley is beautiful, friendly, and struggling to preserve crumbling Hartwell Hall for her son as rumours circulate about her husband’s disappearance. Rachel Foxton feels trapped. She’s lived in Hartwell all her life and is exhausted from teaching during the pandemic, grieving her father, worrying about her mother, and battling heartache. Dr. Meera Kumar has always been the good girl, but as her sham marriage unravels, she seeks a fresh start for herself and her young son. And former London detective Jo Ormond has been transferred to Hartwell in disgrace. With her career in tatters, a quiet village in Yorkshire where everyone knows your business is the last place she wants to be.
Secrets run through this close-knit community like a loose thread—with just one tug, everything can unravel. As the women’s friendship grows, and a body is discovered, will the secrets of Hartwell bring them all closer together or tear them apart?
Roseann McGrath Brooks
Love the synopsis! Writing about women can be hard because you don’t want them to all “be” you. It sounds like each of these characters has an interesting story to tell!
Best wishes for your new book and series. They sound very interesting!
This book sounds amazing. I love mysteries. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.
Happy Release Day, HL! This story sounds like the start of a great series. Looking forward to reading it.
H L Marsay
Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it!
Loved this book! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!!
Thank you so much! That’s wonderful to hear!
Congratulations on your new book! I LOVE it!
Thank you, Janine!
Leigh Ann Edwards Knowles
Congratulations on your new release! Your story sounds very intriguing. I loved Shadow and Jimmy in your Shadow series. I can’t wait to meet the four female characters in this new series and learn what mysteries are ahead.
Thanks very much, Leigh Ann!
I would love to read a copy
Thanks so much!
Hartwell sounds like a very interesting place to go!
It’s certainly never dull, Liz!