Have you read them all?

Four booksFascinated by Japan? Like a good whodunnit? Try the Josie Clark in Japan East-West fusion murder mystery series – just £1.99 each ($2.99 in the USA).

The Tokyo Karaoke Murder (a Josie Clark pocket mystery)

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An evening of karaoke turns out really badly for expat Londoner Josie Clark as she’s accused of murder and theft on an innocent night out in Tokyo. She’s got just an hour to work out who the real killer is before the police arrive. Can she do it? Can you?

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The Cherry Blossom Murder

dfw-fp-tcbm-cover-thumbBehind the scenes a killer is lurking!

Josie’s got a new life in Tokyo: great job, Japanese boyfriend and fun weekends with her friends in glamorous actress Tammy’s fan club. Until she stumbles across a body under the cherry blossom and finds herself heading backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue to expose a murderer and save a priceless treasure.

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The Haiku Murder

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A haiku-writing trip turns to tragedy when a charismatic financier falls from the top of Matsuyama castle. But was he pushed? And what happened to his missing bag and its mysteriously valuable contents? Josie needs to find the answers fast, before more people die.

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The Bullet Train Murder

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High speed sleuthing on a speeding train!

Josie hopes her transfer to Osaka will give her career a boost. But when a colleague is found stabbed to death on Japan’s famous bullet train she’s forced to take a fresh look at her fellow workers. One of them is a murderer – but which one?

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Japan Society Book Giveaway

cherry blossom and haikuWant to win signed copies of the first two books in the Josie Clark in Japan murder mystery series? Then you’re in luck, because the Japan Society is running a giveaway in time for Christmas.

Josie Clark is an expat Londoner living in Tokyo, where she’s inclined to stumble across a surprising number of bodies. In The Cherry Blossom Murder she goes backstage at Japan’s spectacular Takarazuka Revue to expose a murderer and save a priceless treasure and in The Haiku Murder she finds that poetry can be more dangerous than you’d think when a charismatic haiku-writing financier falls to his death from the top of Matsuyama castle.

Lush imagery captures Japan’s bustling cities and restful countryside… believably crafted characters, a fast pace, and clean prose.‘ Publishers Weekly

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is email your name to william.upton@japansociety.org.uk by 12 December 2014. A lottery will be held following the closing date and the winners announced on the Japan Society website and on social media.

The Japan Society is the leading  independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to the enhancement of the British-Japanese relationship, with a history stretching back to 1891. Find them on Twitter @japansocietylon and Facebook.

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The Haiku Murder is here!

The Haiku Murder

It’s publication day! The Haiku Murder is out!

A haiku-writing trip turns to tragedy when a charismatic financier falls from the top of Matsuyama castle. But was he pushed? Expat Londoner Josie Clark thinks so, but her life goes spinning off the rails as she tries to find the victim’s missing bag and its mysteriously valuable contents before more people die. Who’d have thought poetry could be so dangerous?

Praise for the Josie Clark in Japan mystery series:
Lush imagery captures Japan’s bustling cities and restful countryside… believably crafted characters, a fast pace, and clean prose. – Publishers Weekly

The Haiku Murder is the second book in the Josie Clark in Japan mystery series, but you can read it as a stand-alone story as well. Get the ebook at Amazon UK and Amazon USA, or the print version at Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

Another murder case (or two) for Josie Clark

Josie Clark mysteriesBack in February I published The Cherry Blossom Murder, the first book in the Josie Clark in Japan mystery series. It’s done really well, reaching the quarter finals (meaning it was one of the top hundred in the mystery and thriller category) of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, a competition with 10,000 entries worldwide. Now the next book in the series, The Haiku Murder is coming out – plus a prequel novelette, The Tokyo Karaoke Murder. They’ll both be published on 13th October, but you can pre-order the ebooks now. Continue reading

It’s here! First look at The Haiku Murder cover

The Haiku MurderI’m thrilled to have finalised the cover design for The Haiku Murder, the second adventure in the Josie Clark in Japan mystery series. This time Josie goes on a haiku-writing trip, which turns to tragedy when a charismatic financier falls from the top of Matsuyama castle. But was he pushed? Expat Londoner Josie finds herself discovering parts of Tokyo she never knew existed as she races to find his missing bag and its mysteriously valuable contents before more people die.

Who’d have thought poetry could be so dangerous?

The cover has an autumn feel to it, as the story begins among the red and gold maple leaves of autumn in Matsuyama,  the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. Matsuyama is famous for its haiku writers. Haiku is a traditional style of Japanese poetry. It doesn’t rhyme, but it has to have a set number of syllables – seventeen in all, divided into three lines in a five-seven-five formation.

I love my new cover, with its simple, clean lines and colourful maple leaves. And did you spot the haiku in Japanese in the background?  All thanks to the very talented Andrew Brown of Design for Writers

The Haiku Murder – A gripping East-West fusion whodunnit. Coming October 2014

The Aoyama Flower Market Tea Room

Aoyama Flower Market Tea HouseWhen I was in Tokyo a few weeks ago I did some research on locations for the second book in the Josie Clark in Japan Mystery Series, The Haiku Murder, which is coming out in October.  One scene is set at the Aoyama Flower Market Tea Room, a wonderful cafe in Omotesando which is, as its name suggests, part of a flower shop. It was a lovely place and I wished I could have stayed there longer. Continue reading