Elizabeth Mundy
Author of In Strangers’ Houses

In Strangers’ Houses is the first book in the Lena Szarka mystery series, published by Constable in February 2018.

Order your copy today.


When you clean people’s houses you learn their dirty secrets…
Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, knows that all too well. So when her friend Timea disappears, she suspects one of her clients is to blame. The police don’t share her suspicions and it is left to Lena to turn sleuth and find her friend.

Searching through their houses as she scrubs their floors, Lena desperately tries to find out what has happened. But only Cartwright, a police constable new to the job, believes that this will lead to the truth. Together they uncover more of Islington’s seedy underbelly than they bargained for.


‘Lena’s tenacity and common sense illuminate this engaging story’ Daily Mail

‘Beautiful writing, a fine debut’ The Sun

‘Terrific and heartwarming; a charming debut’ Daisy Waugh

warmly-crafted crime debut, perfect for our multicultural age’ Vaseem Khan

‘Poignant, funny and races effortlessly along’ Elodie Harper

If you like the sound of the story, please order now  on Amazon or pick it up in Sainsbury’s, Waterstones or your local independent.

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