His First His Second: An Alicia Friend Investigation

Alicia Friend

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Meet Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend. She’s nice. Too nice to be a police officer, if she’s honest.

Now assigned to DI Donald Murphy’s team, the annoyingly-perky detective finds herself in the grip of a northern British winter, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women - both strikingly similar in appearance. When a third is taken, they have less than a week to chip away the secrets of a high-society family, and uncover the killer’s objective.


But Richard - the father of the latest victim - believes the police are not moving quickly enough, so launches a parallel investigation, utilising skills honed in a dark past that is about to catch up with him.


As Richard’s secret actions hinder the police, Alicia remains in contact with him, and even starts to fall for his charms, forcing her into choices that will impact the rest of her life.


For a chilling serial killer thriller with a quirky main character, pick up His First His Second today!


˃˃˃ Reviews


CrimeFictionLover.com “An intriguing mix of police procedural and serial killer thriller, that will tease, involve and unnerve you. An entertaining and intriguing debut.”


Undercover Book Reviews: “Want a book with twists and turns? This is the one. It will not disappoint.”


AUTHOR Q&A


Q: Alicia Friend is kind of an oddball, isn’t she?


A: I’d say she’s unique. She knows who she wants to be and she doesn’t compromise, but most police officers she meets are dour and grumpy, and she sees how that impacts their personal lives. She doesn’t want to be as hard-nosed as many women sleuths in fiction, so radiates the sort of perkiness that sometimes grates on her fellow officers. But it’s who she is.


Q: Despite having a quirky woman sleuth as main character, the novel goes to some dark places.


A: Yes. I found that at one point I was trying to include ALL my research, and I’m really aiming for a thrill ride as much a straight police procedural. I originally included the sort of forensic details you get with Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, but it wasn’t right for this book. I keep it as accurate as possible, but it’s about the characters and how they uncover secrets, both externally and within the police.


Q: So who is your ideal reader?


A: Fans of serial killer books in general. If you like James Patterson, PJ Tracy or Steven James, Mark Billingham or Ian Rankin, Alicia Friend’s series could be worth checking out.


Q: What levels of violence and bad language are there?


A: Some of the violence is graphic, but the language ... that goes as strong as references to one’s posterior and some faecal synonyms, if you get my meaning. No “F” or “C” words, as I don’t think Alicia’s audience appreciates that.


Q: And how, exactly, do you come up with a character like Alicia?


A: She is based on a real person. But very loosely. The essence is there, although I had to invent certain aspects for dramatic effect. The parts from real life are: a ditzy, perky outer shell, yet possesses a fierce intelligence, true dedication, and being brilliant at her job.


Q: So the real Alicia Friend isn’t a serving police officer?


A: No, she isn’t. And if she was, I certainly wouldn’t say so here.


Alicia Friend Books In Order:


His First His Second


In Black In White


With Courage With Fear


A Friend in Spirit


To Hide To Seek (novella for summer 2018)


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Crater of the North via PublishDrive
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Mar 21, 2017
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Pages
410
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ISBN
9781782803799
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend: cop, analyst, cutie-pie. Obsessed.

Alicia knows she can be irritating to have around at first but, when given a chance, all her colleagues fall in love with her. She can’t explain it, but it’s how she works, how she gets her best results.


And it is exactly how she must work when a British diplomat is murdered on US soil, and the UK Ambassador orders her to observe the FBI’s investigation.


Soon, the murders expand to encompass a wider victim profile, each confessing their politically motivated lies on camera, and Alicia shows why her superiors overlook her quirks, and consider her one of the best minds in her field.


Drafting in her old partner, Alicia imposes her personality on the investigation, and shifts the focus from a politically charged arena to the madness of a psychopath who cannot seem to stop.


In Black In White is a fast paced serial killer thriller that reunites popular characters from the first Alicia Friend book, His First His Second, and introduces new ones to this very unusual British detective.


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The Alicia Friend Series


Each novel is its own self-contained story, but there are background elements that continue through the series. So while it is not 100% necessary to read them in order, it will be more rewarding that way.


1 His First His Second


2 In Black In White


3 With Courage With Fear


4 A Friend in Spirit


5 To Hide To Seek (novella for summer 2018)

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The Shadows of Empty Men



Night at the George Washington Diner (novella)



Master the Flame



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