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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

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Sydney event at Gleebooks on setting novels in South Africa

March 12, 2020

Dazzling and Deadly – The Allure of Crime Fiction set in South Africa – Thursday 23rd April 6:30pm at Gleebooks, Glebe. A fun night of lively discussion, drinks and nibbles.
I will be in conversation with Natalie Conyer and Malla Nunn on why three Australian authors have set their recent novels in South Africa.

PREY goes on sale 22nd April so you can purchase signed copies of this new release on the night.

Here is a sneak peak at the back of book blurb:

Olivia Wolfe is a journalist who travels the world exposing heinous crimes. She has more enemies that most.
When her anonymous source is murdered, Wolfe must unravel the terrible secret that connects a series of gruesome murders. But powerful people want her stopped.
Betrayed and isolated, Wolfe is hunted by a faceless killer. Can she stay alive long enough to expose the shocking truth?
Four murders. Four countries. One terrible secret.

This event is ticketed and can be purchased here:

 

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Melbourne book launch of Prey

March 11, 2020

If you are in Melbourne on 2 April and would like to spend an hour or two drinking wine and talking crime fiction, then come along to the launch of my new thriller PREY at Readings bookshop in St Kilda at 6:30pm. I will be with Natalie Conyer who is launching her novel, PAST TENSE, too. The wonderful Lindy Cameron, publisher from Clan Destine Press will be chairing the discussion.

The event details are here.

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Proofreading – the final step

March 6, 2020

Proofreading. The final step. I just have to check for any obvious errors. Small things like punctuation. Or a piece of dialogue on the wrong line so it is confusing as to who is speaking. That sort of thing. The layout looks great. It finally looks like a book. Then I realize there’s a consistency error which is my fault. I make a change that won’t alter the layout at all. I tailor the words to fit the space available then leave a nice note apologizing. Phew! Done. I now hope the proofreader will forgive me. My next novel, PREY, goes on sale mid-April through Bloodhound Books. Not long now…

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Mystery author Adele Parks at Sutherland Library NSW, February 11

January 6, 2020

Many years ago, when I was struggling to write my first novel, I attended a writing course in Guildford in the UK. This course was run by Adele Parks and her advice made a world of difference to my writing. I have a lot to thank her for. When my first novel, The Genesis Flaw, was published we shared a bottle of bubbly and celebrated. Years have gone by and Adele’s fame has continued to grow. Imagine how excited I was when her Australian publisher and Sisters in Crime Australia, asked me to do an ‘in conversation’ event with Adele for her new book, Lies Lies Lies – a suburban noir novel that explores the darkest corners of a relationship in freefall in a mesmerising tale of marriage and secrets. It will grab you from the very first page and you just won’t want to put the book down!

I have no doubt the evening at Sutherland Library NSW will be a blast. So please come along.

Tickets available through EventBrite here

Venue: Sutherland Library NSW

Date: 11 February 2020, at 6:30 pm

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The relief and the worry of finishing a new book

October 20, 2019

I recently finished a new crime-thriller set on an island off Seattle in the USA. I think it’s my creepiest book yet and I hope it will keep readers guessing until the very end. I feel such an enormous sense of relief and satisfaction when the book is written and ready to be shown to the world. But in the next moment, I feel a nervousness. Will readers like it? Is it good enough? I guess time will tell. But I can honestly say that the theme of this novel means a lot to me and I have fallen in love with two of my characters – Stephanie Miller and FBI agent T.J. Samson, so I’m hoping the characters come across as real and genuine at the very least.

Here’s a little hint about the story of this new thriller…
It’s the story of a young American widow and her daughter who move to a remote island to start a new life, only to be stalked by a sadistic troll. But he is no ordinary troll, and she is no ordinary victim. Why do powerful people want Professor Stephanie Miller’s reputation trashed?

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