‘It’s hard to think of a better amateur sleuth series in the last decade,’ says Morning Star.

It’s hard for me to think of a better review in the last decade too! I was absolutely thrilled to see this review of A Messy Affair in the Morning Star this week.

A Messy Affair is the third in the warm-hearted but sharp-tongued series about a Hungarian migrant working as a house cleaner in London’s Islington. Yet again, she becomes entangled in murder when her wild young cousin’s boyfriend is found dead in a hotel room.He was the star of a reality TV show and, as Lena discovers, there is no world less real than that of reality TV. The key to the mystery will lie in sorting out which parts of the dead man’s life were scripted and which spontaneous. It’s hard to think of a better amateur sleuth series in the last decade.’

Read the review online here.

A perfect antidote to the January blues

Irish Inde AMA croppedIf, like me, you’re looking for an antidote to the January blues, the Irish Independent writes that you could discover it in the pages of A MESSY AFFAIR.

‘Light-hearted and engaging entertainment that bounces along merrily, a perfect antidote to the January blues.’

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A MESSY AFFAIR is available now!

I’m thrilled to let you know that the third book in the Lena Szarka mystery series, A MESSY AFFAIR, is out now!

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This time, Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner working in London, is forced to brush up on her detective skills when her cousin Sarika is plunged into danger.

Sarika and her reality TV star boyfriend Terry both receive threatening notes.  When Terry stops calling, Lena assumes he’s lost interest. Until he turns up. Dead. Lena knows she must act fast to keep her cousin from the same fate.

Scrubbing her way through the grubby world of reality television, online dating and betrayed lovers, Lena finds it harder than she thought to discern what’s real – and what’s just for the cameras. BUY IT NOW.

It’s my favourite of the Lena books to date: it was lots of fun to write, and I hope will be lots of fun to read. In a break with tradition, I don’t have a new born baby this time round to pose holding the book. Instead I’ve dedicated it to my one year old daughter, Violet.

It’s already been a Friday reads pick at The Crime Vault with a lovely write up. Look out for the blog tour from 13th January to read more reviews.

I hope you enjoy it! If you do, I would very much appreciate a review on Amazon or Goodreads to help other readers discover the book.

 

 

 

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.’