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Karen Long

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Karen Long was born and raised in the English Midlands, read English Literature and Drama at Bangor University and later on studied Neurobiology with the Open University. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but took up full time writing ten years ago. The Eleanor Raven trilogy is now being republished by @Bookouture. The first book is the series 'Cry For Mercy' is available as a pre-order. Release date 16th November 2020.

She is an enthusiastic traveller dedicating considerable time to pursuing her lifelong obsession with the natural world. There is nothing too slimy, too scaly, too dangerous or toxic for her not to want to observe and photograph it badly. Her particular love is for the crow family and she has looked aft

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I love authenticity. When I watch a film, read a book or follow a series on television I don’t want to be booted out of the story by glaringly inaccurate research or implausible procedure. That’s not to say that I don’t acknowledge that crime fiction isn’t crime fact but for the vast majority of readers and viewers scientific veracity is the backbone of modern crime fiction.
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“It was a school photograph and although the face was immediately recognisable she couldn’t have pulled it up from her memory, it had long ago been replaced by the bloat of decomposed flesh. Caleb wore the same uniform that she had, shared the same classes and, possibly, aspirations but that’s where the similarities with his life ended. On the occasions that Eleanor had forced herself to look at him she’d taste again the cascade of emotions that both defied and defiled her. Caleb was her ‘safe word’, the boy who had experienced all of the world’s horror so she wouldn’t have to.
Her hands steadier, she slid the remains back into the box and piled her life back on top of it.”
Karen Long, The Vault

“You know why you’re here don’t you?” he said quietly.
Eleanor turned to look at him. “Because all serving officers that suffer an attack by a member of the public are obliged to receive some sort of psychological evaluation before they can be trusted by the authorities.”
Seb nodded and held her gaze. “You are here Eleanor Raven because a member of the public murdered you.”
Eleanor felt a tightening sensation in her throat and a quickening of her heart rate. “Is that some sort of metaphorical statement?”
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“Saving his skin was her priority; his mind could be coaxed back later.”
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Tom Greer Hi, Karen, thanks for friending me on Goodreads. My new crime novel, Death Comes Calling, is now available from Kindle ebook and paperback form, so please feel free to take a look via the Amazon UK link at the bottom.

The Kindle price is £2.99 and the paperback price is £9.32.

A successful career woman is found dead on the floor of her North London kitchen with her throat brutally slashed. Beside the body lies a half-open razor with a single droplet of blood at the tip of an otherwise pristine blade.

However, the forensics prove this razor can’t be the murder weapon, and when another successful career woman is found murdered a few days later, again in her kitchen, again with her throat cut and again with a blood-tipped half-open razor placed beside her body, Detective Chief Inspector John Gore of the Metropolitan Police fears he has a potential serial killer on his hands.

As the body count rises the pressure is mounting on Gore to quickly find and stop the killer.

Meanwhile someone is sending him taunting notes, each headed, Death Comes Calling, and Gore begins to realise the killer is playing mind games not just with the police, but with him personally. The question is…why?


Thanks, Tom.

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