Available: September 2016
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Alex Hastings – probation officer and idealist – still believes in the good in other people, but the little town of Highpoint is becoming a very dangerous place for her. An arsonist is starting fires on the Somerset Levels and a sexual predator stalks the streets looking for his next, perfect victim. As the summer heat turns the surrounding countryside to tinder, Alex must deal with this fresh wave of criminal activity under the increasingly watchful eye of the Senior Officer. As her friends settle into new lives, Alex hopes for a brighter future, but will the increasing pressures of her work stand in the way?
When I began writing the first Somerset book, Death of the Elver Man, back in 2010, I had a vague idea I’d like to write a short series using the same setting and characters. I had no idea of the plots back then and was just happy to let my stories evolve within a basic framework. I had no idea I would write four Somerset novels, nor that I would become so fond of some of the people who live on my version of the Levels.
The books are set in a particular period of recent history, a pivotal point that still affects us today, and now, six years on, the end is fast approaching and the new novel, Smoke and Adders, will be Alex’s final adventure in Somerset. Despite this I am reluctant to leave the Levels altogether. There are so many stories to tell and I hope in the future to allow some of the other characters the opportunity to tell theirs. Until then I must bid a very fond farewell to this most magical of landscapes.
Jennie Finch, Author of Smoke and Adders
I’m ecstatic that we’ll be seeing another Alex Hastings book this year. Jennie has an incredible way of casting characters that the reader finds both familiar and intriguing. Her plots hold us in suspense from beginning to end and Smoke and Adders promises to do the same. Jennie deserves all the success she has found in her writing career and more, and it’s a pleasure to work with her on this final instalment.
Rachel, Editorial Manager at Impress Books
Praise for Jennie Finch
This series just gets better and better – the same great characters from the previous two, with some intriguing new ones thrown in. The plot develops well and the pacing is excellent, really draws you into the story.
Greatly looking forward to reading the other Alex Hastings novels and any other future works by Jennie Finch.
I can’t wait for the next!
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