Lena Szarka has been shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2019

I’m thrilled to let you know that Lena Szarka, my Hungarian cleaning detective, has been shortlisted for the Nosy Parker Award for Best Amateur Detective in the Dead Good Reader Awards 2019! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who nominated her.

But it’s not over – the awards are decided entirely by a public vote. If you’d like to see Lena win, please vote here for her second outing, A Clean Canvas. Voting closes on Wednesday 17th July.

Thank you for your support – I appreciate it so much.

Interview with Writing Magazine

I’m pleased to feature in March’s edition of Writing Magazine for Shelf life. We talk about the top five books that inspired my novels – spanning murder mysteries, poetry and cookery books!

Writing Magazine is a lovely title that gives great advice on how to become a better writer. My own tip? Attend a course with Philippa Pride. She’s a brilliant teacher, wonderful person and Stephen King’s UK editor.

www.writers-online.co.uk

 

Witty and warm with an unsentimental core of steel

I’d be rather pleased if someone described me like this, so I was delighted with this review of A CLEAN CANVAS from Mat Coward at the Morning Star!

He goes on to say that the Lena Szarka mysteries ‘looks set to become a highly popular series.’

I hope he’s right.

Here’s the full review:

Elizabeth Mundy’s A CLEAN CANVAS is the second outing for Lena, a Hungarian cleaner living in North London.

This time she’s forced to investigate the theft of a painting from the Islington gallery she’s working at, when her unreliable cousin vanishes immediately after the robbery.

The only way to prove her innocence is to find the real culprit among the inhabitants of the weird world of art collectors, using the detective skills she’s learned from her domestic work.

Witty and warm but with an unsentimental core of steel in its chronicling of London’s guest workers, this looks set to become a highly popular series.

Fancy a ‘deliciously light and amusing souffle of a book’?

The Irish Independent is fast becoming my favourite newspaper! This weekend they ran a lovely review of A CLEAN CANVAS in their Book Brief section.  Myles McWeeney described it as ‘a deliciously light and amusing souffle of a book, the second in a series that is bound to run and run’.

And in case you missed it, last weekend they compared Lena to Agatha Raisin and described her as ‘formidable and funny’.

Clearly the Irish have excellent taste in books!

Full review here…

‘Lena Szarka is an ambitious young Hungarian immigrant working as a cleaner in London, ever open to new opportunities and seldom downcast by misfortune. One of Lena’s clients is Pietro Agnoletti, co-owner of the Agnoletti Archer Gallery in Islington. When a modern masterpiece, ‘A Study in Purple’ by Trudy Weincamp, goes missing after the opening night, suspicion falls on Lena’s young cousin Sarika, who has also disappeared. Convinced Sarika is innocent, Lena must embroil herself in the sketchy world of thwarted talents, unpaid debts and elegant fraudsters to clear her. A deliciously light and amusing souffle of a book, the second in a series that is bound to run and run.’

 

 

 

 

Forget cold hard crime, Cozy is just as thrilling

There was a lovely piece in the Sunday Independent in Ireland by Anne Marie Scanlon about cozy crime last weekend, describing it as the perfect way to ‘banish the bleaks’ of the cold winter months.

A CLEAN CANVAS is described as ‘the second of a, hopefully long, series featuring Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner and amateur detective by Elizabeth Mundy.’ Scanlon compares Lena Szarka to Agatha Raisin: both are ‘formidable and funny women who like men’.

Get your own dose of warming cozy crime here, or if you’re still to be convinced you can read the full article here.

A CLEAN CANVAS is published today!

I’m thrilled that today is publication day for the second novel in the Lena Szarka series, A CLEAN CANVAS! It sees Lena dust off her detective skills when a masterpiece goes missing from a gallery she cleans in Islington.

Embroiling herself in the sketchy world of thwarted talents, unpaid debts and elegant fraudsters, Lena finds that there’s more to this gallery than meets the eye.

Please look out for it in your local book shop, or you can order it on Amazon here.

In other news, my second baby is also out now! Violet was born 30th December at 10.24pm weighing 7lb 11oz of gorgeousness. She’s not available on Amazon but you can see a little picture of her here.

Happy new year!

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