Blog: Autum is upon us
This Autumn is shaping up to be an exciting time for me with two new books out in October, hard on the heels of my fifth wedding...
"Dead Lies is a roller-coaster ride of a play, packed with twists and turns until the very last scene."
Offering a feast of murder, scandal, sexual indiscretion and political intrigue, the World Premiere of Dead Lies was described as 'the most scandalous thriller of 2022!'
Directed by critically acclaimed director Joe Harmston, the action takes place during a fiercely fought election campaign. The story follows Peter George, a politician who promises a new kind of politics beyond sleaze and spin. He is welcomed as a messiah by the British public and expected to restore trust in a broken political system. But a shocking secret lies in the past of our country’s hero.
As buried truths rise from the ashes, will his rise to power be destroyed by ghosts from another time? Personal and political influences begin to shake the faith of those closest to him, and a media cascade threatens to bring down Britain’s new saviour.
How far will he go to save his own career, and how far will those around him go to save their own skins? Expect the unexpected. No one is safe. Read more HERE.
The Danger Within - out now!
A man lies dead on the kitchen floor of his comfortable North Devon home, his body punctured by multiple stab wounds. Beside him sits his silent, traumatised wife.
DCI David Vogel reckons he’s seen it all before. A domestic tragedy: an abused wife snaps after years of suffering within a deeply tormented marriage. Then again, as a police officer of long experience, Vogel knows it’s dangerous to rely on assumptions. As his investigations lead him in all sorts of unexpected directions, uncovering a number of shocking secrets in the dead man’s past, Vogel comes to realize that nothing about this case is as straightforward as it seems.
What really happened inside No.11 St Anne’s Avenue? And if Thomas Quinn’s wife didn’t kill him, who did … and why? Vogel is about to embark on the most unusual case of his career.
Hilary, a former chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, was a Fleet Street journalist for almost 25 years before publishing her first novel, The Cruelty of Morning, in 1995.
She was showbusiness editor of four national newspapers, and an assistant editor of one, spending several weeks every year in Hollywood interviewing some of the biggest stars in the world, including Bette Davies, James Stewart, Sean Connery, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, John Travolta and Lisa Minnelli, and, closer to home, major British TV names like David Jason, Rowan Atkinson, Victoria Wood, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Joanna Lumley. She travelled to film and TV locations all over the world, and covered 18 Cannes Film Festivals. They were heady days, and she still feels extraordinarily fortunate that, when the Fleet Street she knew began to radically change, she was given the opportunity to embark on a whole new career as a novelist.
She also ghosted a biography of Benny Hill. and autobiographies of 'Allo 'Allo star Gorden Kaye, and, later, her partner, the actress Amanda Barrie.
Her first play, Dead Lies, is scheduled to tour the UK this Autumn, opening in the North Devon town of Barnstaple where it is partly set. The nearby estuary town of Bideford, where Hilary was brought up, also features.
Her father was a butcher and ran a tea shop, Cleverdon’s, still a thriving local business, which Hilary features in her 2019 novel Dreams of Fear.
She lives in Somerset and London with Amanda, and their much loved dog Coco, a poodle-Patterdale cross.