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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It’s here! The Bullet Train Murder is out today!

The Bullet Train Murder

The latest book in the Josie Clark in Japan mystery series is out now!

When a body’s found on Japan’s famous bullet train it’s got nothing to do with Josie Clark. Or has it?

Tokyo-based expat Londoner Josie Clark hopes her transfer to Osaka will give her career a boost, even though it means commuting weekly on the bullet train. But when a colleague is found stabbed to death on the train she’s forced to take a fresh look at her fellow workers. One of them is a murderer – but which one?

High speed sleuthing on a speeding train!

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

Buy the ebook now at Amazon UK and Amazon USA. Or get the paperback at Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

The Bullet Train Murder launches 16 May!

The Bullet Train Murder

The latest book in the Josie Clark in Japan mystery series will be published on 16th May!

When a body’s found on Japan’s famous bullet train it’s got nothing to do with Josie Clark. Or has it?

Tokyo-based expat Londoner Josie Clark hopes her transfer to Osaka will give her career a boost, even though it means commuting weekly on the bullet train. But when a colleague is found stabbed to death on the train she’s forced to take a fresh look at her fellow workers. One of them is a murderer – but which one?

High speed sleuthing on a speeding train!

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

Pre-order the ebook now at Amazon UK and Amazon USA. Print version launches 16th May!

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

Neo Magazine features The Cherry Blossom Murder

Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre

The Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre entrance

2014 is the hundredth anniversary of The Takarazuka Revue, the spectacular all-female Japanese song and dance company, and, to mark the occasion, Neo Magazine has just published an article about the history and background of the Takarazuka Revue, plus coverage of a fascinating and hugely popular commemorative event held by the Japan Foundation in London called A Hundred Years of Song and Dance. Continue reading

ABNA Quarter Finalist!

Amazon Quarter Final blog postThe Cherry Blossom Murder has been selected as a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014!

The contest runs annually and accepts 10,000 entries worldwide in five categories – general fiction, mystery and thriller, romance, young adult, and science fiction, fantasy and horror. The Cherry Blossom Murder is in the mystery and thriller category.

In the first round, entries are reduced from 10,000 to 2,000. In the second stage those 2,000 compete for a place in the quarter finals, open only to the best 500 (the top 100 in each category). That means that 95% of entries fail to make it to the quarter finals.

So you can see, it’s pretty exciting to still be in the running as one of the top 5%, especially as a competition as prestigious as this, run by the biggest publisher in the world, attracts a mass of high-quality entries.

It’s a long, slow process, the ABNA. It began back in February when it opened to submissions and it won’t finish until July when the eventual winner is announced. But just now I’m savouring the taste of victory and crossing my fingers for the next stage. Wish me luck in the semi-finals!

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The Cherry Blossom Murder – Five Star Reviews!

The Cherry Blossom MurderThe Cherry Blossom Murder has done really well since it launched just over a week ago, reaching 22 in the Amazon International Mystery and Crime Sales Ranking. I’m just stunned as I never imagined it reaching that level – and certainly not in its first week!

Judging by the reviews so far, readers seem to like the Japanese setting.

Adventures of a London Kiwi called it ‘an enthralling romp through glitz, intrigue, theatre, sake with a dash of the humble cup of tea’.

Blogcritics said ‘What impressed me most about The Cherry Blossom Murder was how it brought to life the sights, sounds and aromas of life in Japan.’

It has two five star ratings on Amazon so far. If you like murder mysteries and find Japan intriguing, it could be right up your street (or dori).

If you’re in the UK you can get it on Amazon UK for Kindle or in paperback.

If you use Amazon.com, here are the links for Kindle and paperback.

And here’s the link for Kobo and other ebook readers worldwide.

Out now! The Cherry Blossom Murder

Today is publication day! My new murder mystery, The Cherry Blossom Murder is out!

Stubborn, down-to-earth Londoner Josie loves her life in Tokyo and her friends in glamorous actress Tammy’s fan club – until she finds a body under the cherry blossom. Determined to find the killer, she goes behind the scenes of the spectacular Takarazuka Revue to expose the secrets and lies, save a priceless treasure – and sort out her own increasingly tangled love life.

The Cherry Blossom Murder

It’s an entertaining murder mystery about a British female amateur detective and it’s set in present-day Japan. The Takarazuka Revue is real and truly amazing – for more about it see my Takarazuka page.

I’m truly grateful to all the wonderful friends and bloggers who’ve supported and encouraged me to get this far – special mention goes to TeamCake on Twitter:
Yannick
Tina
Dave
Emma
Mandy

If you’re in the UK you can get it on Amazon UK for Kindle or in paperback.

If you use Amazon.com, here are the links for Kindle and paperback.

And here’s the link for Kobo and other ebook readers worldwide.

The Cherry Blossom Murder

February 10th is publication day!

The Cherry Blossom MurderYes, that’s right – it’s less than two weeks to go to publication of The Cherry Blossom Murder on February 10th!

Excitement is mounting here at Casa Pickering. The paperback’s ready, the ebook is formatted and the advance review copies have arrived safely, so the reviewers are reading it as I write. Reviews will go up soon after publication day so check back here to find links to them.

And that’s not all. There’ll be a special giveaway with your chance to win a free copy. Full details of how to enter will be posted here on publication day.

Josie is a no-nonsense girl from Catford who’s living and working in Tokyo when she discovers a body under the cherry blossom. Her determination to see justice done makes for an entertaining murder mystery as she tries to expose a murderer, save a priceless treasure and sort out her tangled love life.

Plus the story takes you backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue – if you want to know more about that, check out my Takarazuka page.

The Cherry Blossom Murder be available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback, and the ebook will also be formatted for Nook, Kobo and other ebook readers. it’s the first book in the Josie Clark in Japan Mystery series.

Remember the date – 10th February!