Bargain alert!

Just taking a breather from writing my latest crime thriller to let you know that all three of my Dean Matheson books are currently on sale on Kobo and Amazon, meaning you can grab the whole series for just £3.97!

I’m not sure how long this offer lasts so be quick! Here are the universal Amazon links for full blurbs and reviews:

Book 1 viewbook.at/WhoCaresIfThey

Book 2 viewbook.at/WhereTheSnowBl

Book 3 viewbook.at/WontYouSaveMe

Enjoy!

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Exciting news!

I have some exciting news!

I am delighted to announce I have signed a two-book deal with the fabulous Bookouture (a sub-division of Hachette UK) for my new crime series featuring ex-detective Maddison Harper and private investigator Nate Monroe.

The first book in the series will be released in January 2021 and sees Maddison and Nate join forces to help find a twelve-year-old girl who has vanished from a summer camp in the small town of Shadow Falls, California.

Book 1 is already written and going through the editing process, I’m halfway through writing book 2, and book 3 ideas are forming a not-so-orderly queue in my head! Keep an eye out on here and on my social media (Twitter & Facebook) for updates about publication date and cover reveal!

You can read the official press release from Bookouture here.

For my loyal Dean Matheson readers, I expect you’re wondering what all this means for Dean, Eva and Rocky? It’s clear I love those characters and I know I have some super fans of this series because you message me nearly every day asking where the next book is! All I can say is there won’t be a fourth book yet but never say never! For now, I will be concentrating on my new series.

Thanks for sticking with me in my new adventure. If you like Dean and Eva, I think you’re going to love Nate and Maddison!

Wendy x

Sale – 99p/99¢

Won’t You Save Me (Book 3 in the Dean Matheson Series) is currently on sale for just 99p/99¢ on Amazon and Kobo!

Buy links below but here’s the blurb:

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

Available to purchase on all digital platforms including:

Amazon (universal URL)

Kobo

 

Out With the Old, in With the New – A creepy short story

Out With the Old, in With the New

by Wendy Dranfield

 

Luke has never used an online dating site before but, as it’s all the rage, he decides to give it a go. Once he’s settled on a site that sounds suitable for his needs, he fills in his profile details, obviously including a few little white lies like every other user. It’s expected on a site like this so he doesn’t feel bad about it.

He selects a profile photo that makes him look like he’s half decent, and clicks ‘save’. There. He’s all ready to find The One. Or at least; The next One. He’s surprised when he feels the familiar flutter of hope in his stomach.

His mother is making dinner in the kitchen and she’s not being quiet about it. ‘Are you hungry?’ She shouts as though he’s in another country.

‘Yes, mother.’

‘Good. I’ve done way too much pasta as usual.’

As she goes back to cooking their dinner, Luke moves to the armchair by the TV so she can’t see what he’s doing if she peeks over his shoulder. She always wants to know what he’s up to. It’s embarrassing enough having to live with your mother when you’re twenty-nine, he doesn’t need her knowing he’s looking for women online. Within seconds Pumpkin, his new ginger rescue cat, jumps on his lap and settles down. As Pumpkin purrs, Luke absently strokes him with his spare hand.

Once his profile is set-up, it matches him with some potential women in his area. He starts swiping through the list, focusing primarily on their profile pictures:

A red head who enjoys reading and hiking. He swipes left. He doesn’t like hiking.

A blonde who looks like a young Britney Spears. Her interests include bungee jumping and travelling. He swipes left. She’s way too outgoing for him. He’s looking for someone like him; a quiet, reserved introvert.

A brunette wearing glasses piques his interest. Sarah. She enjoys Marvel movies, online gaming and scrabble. He looks closely at her photo. She looks petite. Her teeth are crooked and she’s looking at the camera as if she wants to run away. He can tell she’s shy. He wonders if she’s ever even had a boyfriend before. This is just the kind of girl he was looking for. He enjoys movies, although not Marvel movies, and he plays World of Warcraft regularly.

He swipes right.

His mother calls him into the kitchen to eat dinner and, not for the first time, he’s reminded that she’s never going to win any cookery awards. By the time he’s finished eating, he has a message from Sarah.

‘What attracted you to me?’ she asks.

He tries to think about what to say while ignoring his mother’s soaps playing loudly on the TV. The woman’s driving him mad.

‘You need to take the rubbish out tonight as the bin men are coming tomorrow. Something smells bad in that bin. When it’s empty you need to clean it out with disinfectant.’

‘Yes, mother.’

He replies to Sarah with what he thinks she’d like to hear. He tells her that he thinks she’s cute, he loves the Marvel universe and he’s a big gamer so they have a lot in common. She tells him he looks like Harry Styles in his profile picture. That makes him smile to himself.

She’s chatty. She asks him some questions about his gaming and before he knows it, Luke has spent an hour chatting to her. He feels good. He likes her. She could be The One.

‘Take that bin out, for God’s sake, Luke! How many times do I have to ask?’

He looks up, dazed. He’d forgotten about his mother.

‘Well?’ she says.

‘Yes, mother.’ He stands slowly and pockets his phone.

Outside, in the dark, he pushes the wheelie bin to the end of the driveway and then pulls his phone back out. He might get some peace out here. He leans on the bin as he reads the latest message from Sarah.

‘Want to meet for a coffee? I don’t drink alcohol.’

He thinks about it. He has nothing to lose so he agrees. He patiently watches the blue dots that indicate she’s typing a response.

‘Saturday at noon in Starbucks?’

He agrees again.

‘I look forward to meeting you,’ she types.

He smiles. That was so easy. He wonders why he’s never thought of doing it this way before.

He pockets his phone and opens the lid of the wheelie bin. A nasty odour strikes him immediately. Jane. He met her in the library. She lived alone apart from one cute ginger cat.

As he heads back inside he wonders if Sarah has any pets, because there’s no way his mother will let him have another one.

 

© Wendy Dranfield

Book sale!

Two of my ebooks are currently reduced to 99p and/or 99¢ at the moment so grab yourselves a bargain!

Who Cares if They Die is 99p and 99¢ on Amazon and Kobo until Thursday 19th March. This includes: UK, US, CA, AU & NZ.

Won’t You Save Me is 99p on UK Amazon and Kobo and I think it ends either tonight or tomorrow night!

Incidentally, The Girl Who Died is also just 99p/99¢ or free on Kindle Unlimited!

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Won’t You Save Me By Wendy Dranfield #Book Review by Reading Through The Pain

An unknown girl is found dumped near the church, she is horrifyingly beaten. Then a child goes missing, plus they find another gruesome murder scene in a flat above the diner. Dean Matheson is back in his hometown, hoping for a fresh start. He has now become a detective with his new partner, Detective Eva Woods…

via Won’t You Save Me By Wendy Dranfield #Book Review #CrimeFiction #Crimeseries #DeanMatheson @WendyDranfield @RubyFiction — Reading Through The Pain

It’s Publication Day!

It’s Publication day for book 3 in my Dean Matheson crime series: Won’t You Save Me.

This is my fourth publication day and does it get any less exciting as the books go on? Well, a little, if I’m honest. It’s hard enough to get family/friends to care about your first publication day, never mind your fourth, so there’s no fuss or celebrations this time.

This is where social media comes in. My Twitter and FB friends will make a fuss, RT my posts and make me feel special. It’s so lovely and encouraging to hear from readers of the first two books in the Dean Matheson series, who are eagerly awaiting this release. I still can’t believe anyone out there even reads my books, let alone enjoys them!

So, Won’t You Save Me sees Dean back home in Maple Valley, which was really fun to write as we get to see all the old characters from Who Cares if They Die. I missed Frankie (from Frankie’s Diner) so much and he provides some much-needed comic relief in what is otherwise quite a dark book. It tackles child sexual exploitation as well as how people wear masks to hide their true motivations. I know from experience that we sometimes have to place our trust in those we are meant to turn to for help but they can be the ones who let us down the most. There’s also a shocking revelation in this book that will change things forever and now I have to write book 4 to see how that turns out! Oh, plus, as well as Rocky the wannabe police dog, this book contains cats. What can I say, I’m an animal lover and I have 3 cats so they sometimes end up in my books!

I have to give a special thanks to Zoé from Zooloo’s Book Diary who is helping me celebrate publication week on her blog, and to all the bloggers who have shared her posts. Thanks also to Jo Lambert (fellow author) for sharing my publication day links. Jo’s current book can be found here and it’s the first in a new series, with books 2 and 3 on the way soon. At the time of writing this it’s on offer for just 99p but not for much longer so grab yourself a bargain!

And of course I have to thank my publishing team at Ruby Fiction for the opportunity of sharing my characters with the world. My books are a little (okay, a LOT!) darker than what they usually publish so taking me on was a bit of a risk! Hopefully I don’t have them shaking their heads in despair at my creepy plots and messed-up criminals!

Thank you to everyone who’s ever bought/borrowed/read one of my books. Whether you loved them or hated them, at least you gave me a try. It sounds like I’m retiring but I’m not! There is still plenty more to come from me and if you’re interested in my latest release, see below for the blurb and buy links. I really hope you enjoy it. Now I’m going to have a sneaky glass of wine to celebrate publication day with the cats…

Won’t You Save Me is now available on all digital platforms and the audiobook will follow shortly.

Blurb:

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

Buy links:

Amazon

Kobo

Apple books

GooglePlay

Nook

Book 1 – Who Cares if They Die

Book 2 – Where the Snow Bleeds

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New book announcement!

A bit of an update for those readers who are asking for all the gossip about my next book…  I’ve recently signed a publishing contract with Ruby Fiction for the third book in the Dean Matheson crime series!

Book 1 – Who Cares if They Die

Book 2 – Where the Snow Bleeds

Book 3 will be published in January 2020. OMG, that’s only 2 months away! What’s it called? You’ll have to wait a little longer to find out! Once the book cover and title have been revealed on social media (follow me on Twitter for the latest updates), I’ll post an update here with both.

So, what can I tell you about book 3? Well, it’s finally time to see whether Dean can cut it as a detective. In book 1 we follow him as a police officer itching to make detective, and when he’s given a chance to stand in for a colleague, it doesn’t go the way he had hoped. In book 2 he realises he needs more investigative experience so he tries his luck as a private investigator in the snowy mountains of Colorado on a particularly messed-up case. Now, in book 3, he’s got what he always wanted – he’s Detective Dean Matheson. We follow him on his first month in the job and what a month it is! Murder, deception and twists test Dean’s detective skills, but can he follow through to the end or will his greatest adversary derail him once and for all?

Thought you’d seen the last of Beth Smith at the end of book 1? So did Dean! And this time, only one of them can survive…

I’m so excited about book 3 as this is what Dean has been working towards for so long and even I didn’t know whether he’d be any good as a detective when I started writing it. I think readers are in for a few surprises, along with some familiar faces turning up and of course Rocky, Dean’s lovable rottweiler. That’s all I can say without spoilers!

For more teaser updates on book 3 and for the pre-order link, keep an eye on my Twitter and Facebook pages!

Coroner’s assistant to crime writer

It’s not surprising that I became a crime writer. After all, crime has always played a part in my work life. I’ve worked as a university adviser for prisoners who were seeking rehabilitation through education and I’ve worked in a coroner’s office, where we sought justice for those who may have passed away through medical negligence or even murder. So perhaps I feel compelled to write about crime in order to seek justice for those unable to seek it for themselves. Those who have been murdered, or those with no family to care about them.

Who Cares If They Die is the first book in my Dean Matheson crime series and it explores exactly that: what happens when women who are living on the margins of society are killed in suspicious circumstances. Does anyone care if a drug addict overdoses? What about if a prisoner commits suicide? The killer in this book hopes not. But these women are still someone’s mother, daughter, sister, despite what they’ve done.  Don’t they deserve as much justice as anyone else? Officer Dean Matheson thinks so and he makes it his business to find out the truth, because he’s unwilling to accept their deaths were suicides.

In the sequel – Where the Snow Bleeds – Dean is called in to investigate a police department that is happy to write-off two missing teenage girls from a remote ski town in Colorado as runaways, when all the evidence clearly points to the opposite. With the popularity of true crime documentaries rising, we are becoming more aware of corruption in law enforcement and just how big a problem it is, how many wrongful convictions take place each year. This book explores how far people will go to turn a blind eye in order to protect their own interests.

I think we’d all like a Dean Matheson in our lives, someone who will dig a little deeper in order to seek justice for those who can’t seek it for themselves.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! Just as I have cats who keep me company while I write, Dean has his rescue dog, Rocky, helping him in his investigations. Rocky is a gentle rottweiler and wannabe police dog and he’s the character I get the most emails about! I often laugh at how crime fiction lovers (me included) can read about the most horrific crimes to humans but I’ve been told on no uncertain terms that I can never, ever, allow anything bad to happen to Rocky. Quite right too.

This is a short article I wrote for Female First to celebrate the release of the paperback version of Who Cares if They Die on 5th Nov 2019. It is now available in all good book shops (and on their websites) and in UK libraries as well as on all digital platforms as an ebook and audiobook. Book 3 in the series is out in Jan 2020.

Watch the one minute teaser trailer to see if you’re interested!

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Paperback publication day!

Today is a special day as my debut crime thriller is released as a paperback!

This is especially exciting for me because it’s the first time I have a paperback version of one of my books. I’ve had short stories published in paperback edition anthologies but this is different; this release is all my own work! This is a day all writers dream of when they first start writing stories and sometimes it seems like an impossible dream.

Who Cares if They Die was released as an ebook and audiobook last year but this is the goal most writers work towards – being able to hold their book in their hands and smell the pages… (yes, we’re a bit weird).

It’s now available to purchase in all good book shops (and their websites) but if your favourite shop doesn’t appear to stock it, just ask them to order it in for you. The same goes for your library – if you’d like to be able to borrow a copy, just ask your local library to order a copy in if they don’t already have it. I’m a big supporter of libraries and please don’t think that if you’re not buying a copy you’re not supporting the author – our books actually accrue small royalty payments per loan so it’s still supportive.

Here’s a reminder of what Who Cares if They Die is about (and don’t forget the sequel – Where the Snow Bleeds – is out now as ebook and audiobook on all digital platforms. Book 3 is coming early 2020.):

A series of suspicious suicides may be the work of a serial killer in this debut thriller novel featuring Officer Dean Matheson.

When the body of an unidentified woman is found hanging from a tree in the woods of Maple Valley, it looks like a clear case of suicide. But Officer Dean Matheson is unconvinced. Maybe he’s just looking for that big case that will help him make detective. Maybe he’s just trying to avoid his rocky marriage. Or maybe he’s really on to something. Because the closer Matheson looks at the facts of the case, the less they add up.

Then more apparent suicides start cropping up. The victims are all women living on the fringes of society—addicts and criminals nobody would miss. Does anyone really care if they die? Matheson is making it his business to care, and that’s about to make him a target . . .

Watch the short trailer:

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Click here for Who Cares if They Die on Amazon.