Associate Publisher Jessie Botterill has secured another new contract with Wendy Dranfield for world all language rights (including audio, film and TV) to two new titles in the hugely successful Detective Madison Harper Series, and a high-concept standalone thriller with a killer twist.
“Wendy is an amazingly talented writer with such a fantastic feel for what drives readers to stay up all night turning pages. The Madison Harper series just goes from strength to strength, and those incredible reviews speak for themselves, so I’m so excited to be bringing the next instalments to readers next year. As for the standalone thriller, well, you’ll just have to wait and see…”
“I’m thrilled with the success of the Detective Madison Harper series, and delighted to be able to continue the series for its loyal readers, as well as writing another standalone crime thriller. I’m proud to call Bookouture my publisher, and Jessie my editor, as they believe in me and they enjoy my characters as much as I do!”
If you’ve yet to try the Detective Madison Harper series, they can be found on amazon and Kindle unlimited. They are out in ebook, paperback and audiobook. These links will take you to amazon:
Read my interview with Detective Madison Harper from Shadow Falls (Book 1 of 3 – so far – in this crime series):
Hi Madison. Could you tell us a little about yourself as you work on your first missing person case in Shadow Falls, California?
Sure. I’m in my mid-thirties and originally from a small town called Lost Creek in southern Colorado. I’d still be living there if I hadn’t served time in prison for a murder I didn’t commit. I have one son, Owen, and I have no idea where he is. He’ll be seventeen now but he was ten when he was taken from me after my arrest. I’ve been a cop for five years and just made detective before I was framed. Now I’m out of prison my goal is to clear my name, find my son and get my job back. I’m going to be busy.
Why did you become a detective?
I hate injustice. I’ve always hated seeing anyone get away with breaking the law and ruining people’s lives, even more so since I was framed for the murder of a fellow officer. I find satisfaction in helping victims get the justice they deserve in order to be able to move on with their lives.
What was it like spending 6 years in prison for a crime you didn’t commit?
I could go into detail but it would put you off your dinner, so let’s just say it was as bad as you’d expect it to be. A lot of the women in my prison were victims themselves. Our criminal justice system has a lot to answer for and prison should be about rehabilitation and education but instead it’s mostly about punishment, which means everybody is labelled as bad, instead of by scale of their potential to turn their lives around. I made some friends inside, but it was hard serving someone else’s sentence, especially as I had no idea where my son was. I don’t know if I’ll ever see him again. The days were long but the nights were longer as I’d wonder what Owen looked like now, and if I’d even recognize him in the street if I ever walked past him after my release. I don’t even know if he ever thinks about me. Has he got a new mother now? These are questions that keep me awake at night.
How did you meet Nate Monroe?
I’m smiling when you mention Nate because we were like chalk and cheese at first. Nate is someone who served 17 years on death row for the murder of his fiancée, except he didn’t kill her and was recently exonerated at 39 years old. He was known as the ‘killer priest’ in the media because he’d been training to become a priest before he gave it up for the woman he wanted to marry, but she was cruelly taken from him when they were just 20 years old. He became a PI on his release from prison and I watched his story play out in the media when I was inside. I knew he’d be the best person to track down who framed me, and to help me find my son, so I literally begged him to take on my case and give me a job too. He took a lot of persuading but eventually he agreed. He’s been a good boss, if a little unconventional. It’s thanks to him we have a retired police dog, Brody, tagging along with us everywhere we go. Nate’s a sucker for picking up strays.
What’s it like delivering bad news to the parents of child victims?
The case we’re in Shadow Falls to investigate is that of a missing 12-year-old girl; Jenny Lucas. She vanished whilst at a summer camp. Her parents are beside themselves but it’s the grandmother who gets me. She’s trying to do everything in her power to find that little girl. It sometimes feels like she’s got a stronger bond with Jenny than the parents do, so it’s killing her to think of the girl being away from the family with a potential predator. She’s the one who hired us to look into the case since the local police don’t have any leads. I just want to be able to reunite them so I never have to deliver the news they don’t want to hear.
What’s it like living in small town Colorado?
Lost Creek, Colorado is remote to say the least. It’s nestled amongst mountains and forests and has the most beautiful scenery you could ever want. But that place is troubled. The welcome sign says Lost Creek is “where the lost are found”, but whoever thought that up must have been on drugs. There are good people in every town of course, but also bad, and I fear that if I ever get back to Lost Creek – which is my ultimate aim – I’ll find out that the person who framed me for murder all those years ago is someone who was close to me. Someone who wanted me put away for a reason. I just have to figure out what that reason was.
Shadow Falls is available to buy on amazon and kindle unlimited here. Ebook, audiobook and paperback.
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Detective Madison Harper’s heart shatters when she searches the bedroom of twelve-year-old Jenny Lucas, the sweet little girl last seen splashing in the lake at Shadow Falls, northern California, with her friends before she vanished. A notebook decorated with stickers pokes out beneath a pink cowboy hat on the bed, which is neatly made up, ready for her return. Madison can’t help wondering why it took their close-knit community so long to raise the alarm.
The girl’s parents are distraught, and the local police have no leads—they desperately need Madison’s help. She knows better than most what it’s like to lose a child, and she won’t let it happen again, even if that means pressing Jenny’s grieving family for answers.
Then, canvassing the local area for hidden leads, Madison discovers a disturbing portrait Jenny drew at the local library. Was this angelic girl more troubled than anybody knew? Was she in danger from those she trusted most? If Madison’s instincts are right, then the life of another innocent child could also be at risk—she must find Jenny fast…
An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller that will keep you up all night!
I’m excited that Little Girl Taken – the third book in my Detective Madison Harper crime series – is out today!
It’s available in ebook, audiobook and paperback on amazon here. It’s also on Kindle Unlimited and audible and available from book stores. It follows Shadow Falls (book 1 in the series) and Cry For Help (book 2), but it could also be enjoyed as a standalone crime thriller. I wrote this book during a winter covid lockdown so it’s quite dark, with lots of secrets, lies and twists!
Little Girl Taken begins on Madison’s first day back as a detective at Lost Creek Police Department after her wrongful conviction (and serving six years in prison) for the murder of a fellow cop. But can she pick up where she left off? PI Nate Monroe and former police dog Brody are also back and along for the ride.
Here’s the cover and blurb:
Rain rattles through the trees as she leans into the car, careful not to touch anything. Two pretty blue eyes stare back through the dark, wide with relief, or maybe fear. A baby girl, wrapped up in a pink snowsuit, reaches out a tiny hand. Her mother is nowhere to be found…
An abandoned baby is the last thing Detective Madison Harper expects to find as she drives to her first day back at work since the case that ripped her life apart. But as she cradles the shivering child close, all her instincts tell her there’s something more sinister at play. Then she finds a lone sneaker down a muddy trail nearby, the laces spattered with blood…
In a town as small as Lost Creek, Colorado, the baby and the shoe are quickly identified as belonging to Kacie Larson, a waitress at the local diner who quietly stashed away her tips to make a better life for her daughter. A mother herself, Madison can’t believe that Kacie would just abandon her child, but she also can’t convince her new team. Not for the first time, Madison feels she must go it alone to get the job done.
But when a body is pulled from a nearby lake, and it’s not Kacie, the case takes an agonizing turn. Is this missing mother really who she says she is? Is there a chance she’s still alive? Madison barely has time to think before the sweet little girl she rescued is snatched on a crowded street. Gone, in the blink of an eye.
To break this case and earn her place back on the force, Madison must learn to trust her team, and herself again—and fast. If she doesn’t find this twisted individual in time, a little girl could die…
A pulse-pounding, absolutely gripping and totally addictive page-turner that will have you racing through the pages and reeling at the twists.
It’s publication day for book 2 in my Detective Madison Harper crime thriller series – Cry For Help.
This book starts where book 1 (Shadow Falls) ends, but you don’t need to have read book 1 in order to enjoy Cry For Help.
Madison and her new friend – PI Nate Monroe – have travelled to Madison’s home town of Lost Creek, Colorado in order to find out who framed her for murder seven years ago. She’s also looking for the son she lost to the care system as a result of her wrongful conviction. It’s all very exciting and twisty as we race to see who she can trust and who has been causing all her problems! Give it a try – it’s available on amazon (and Kindle Unlimited) and from all good book shops. Available in paperback, ebook and audiobook.
Here’s the book cover and back page blurb:
Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.
When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide—a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments…
Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?
It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing-in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…
An absolutely unputdownable crime thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Addictive reading for anyone who loves Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Melinda Leigh.
It’s had such wonderful pre-release 5 star reviews already:
‘Woohoo!… I was totally blown away… so shockingly, incredibly, amazinglygood… I hardly had time to fasten my seatbelt before I was thrown right in the middle of the action.
OMG!… I never saw that coming… I barely had the time to pick up my jaw from the floor… Great, great book!’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars
‘Oh man, what a rollercoaster of a ride… jaw-dropping and edge-of-the-seat… couldn’t put it down till it was finished!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, wow, wow! I loved this book…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely LOVED… Kept me guessing right up to the end. Non-stop from page one. This is a must-read!’ Owl Books, 5 stars
‘Instantly hooked… I literally couldn’t put it down… Fantastic book!’ Life Between the Lines, 5 stars
‘A brilliant rollercoaster of a ride… I read this book in one sitting in less than a day and loved every minute of it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A can’t-put-down book!… I read late into to the nightbecause I just had to know what the ending was going to be.’ Shortbook Thyme, 5 stars
‘Yes, yes, yes!… I love it!… Superb… perfect!… This thrilling and extraordinary book should be read by every crime lover.’ Tove Reads, 5 stars
‘Wow!!!… unputdownable. From start to finish I was hooked… twists and turnsI did not see coming… brilliantly suspenseful…Would highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow!… I just read this book in one go and I simply couldn’t put it down!!!!’ Tropical Girl Reads Books, 5 stars
‘Phenomenal… I could not put it down… took my breath away and I gasped out loud.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars