I’m very excited to share the gorgeous cover for the second book in the Lena Szarka Mystery series: A CLEAN CANVAS.
It’s out on 3rd January 2019 (4 days after my second baby is due!) and sees Lena tracking down the perpetrators of an art heist in a gallery she cleans.
Click to hear a free excerpt from the audio book, read by the wonderful Rula Lenska, currently gracing the cobbles of Coronation Street. Or pre-order on Amazon to be the first to read!
Full blurb and some lovely early feedback below.
Crime always leaves a stain…
Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner, dusts off her detective skills when a masterpiece is stolen from a gallery she cleans with her cousin Sarika. When Sarika goes missing, accusations start to fly.
Convinced her cousin is innocent, Lena sweeps her way through the secrets of the art scene. But with the evidence against Sarika mounting and the police on her trail, Lena needs to track down the missing painting.
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.
‘This second in the series crackles along with a fresh sense of fun’ Vaseem Khan
‘This is a witty and engaging story, as warm and satisfying as a bowl of goulash‘ LC Tyler
‘An intriguing mystery, memorable characters and a highly entertaining romp through the London art world’ Jackie Kabler
IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES is reviewed by Geoffrey Wassell in the BOOKS FICTION CRIME section of the Daily Mail today. I’m thrilled that he says ‘Lena’s tenacity and common sense illuminate this engaging story.’
IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES
by Elizabeth Mundy
THE heroine of this debut novel is a Hungarian Immigrant, Lena Szarka, who works in fashionable North London, cleaning rich people’s houses. When her fellow cleaner, another migrant named Timea, goes missing, Lena immediately suspects that one of their clients is to blame. They all seem to have secrets to hide.
At first, the police do not seem interested, so Lena starts to investigate herself. Then Timea’s body turns up and the case suddenly takes a darker turn.
Lena’s tenacity and common sense illuminate this engaging story by the granddaughter of a Hungarian immigrant to the U.S., who now works at a London investment bank.
I’m delighted that IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES is a highlight of the month on The Crime Vault this February! There’s also a piece about my inspiration for the book. Just a warning: it gets messy. Read the article here.
Check out this piece at Female First: 10 things I’d like my readers to know about me. It covers how I started writing, my Hungarian chicken farming heritage and delivering books and babies in the same month! Read more
It’s finally here. I started writing IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES in Spring 2013 on a stunning yoga and creative writing holiday with Philippa Pride, AKA The Book Doctor. I finished my final draft in early 2016, found a fabulous agent in the spring, a wonderful publisher that summer, finished final edits by the winter and now it is ready to go into the world! Its beautiful cover is adorning the shelves of Sainsbury’s, Waterstones, independents and of course the virtual shelves of Amazon.
My baby son Teddy helped me celebrate at 3am this morning with a dirty nappy – he didn’t want me to miss a moment of publication day.
Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy so far – I hope you enjoy it!
I’m absolutely thrilled with this lovely review of IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES from Vaseem Khan. He’s one of my favourite crime writers – his books deal with serious subjects but have a lovely warmth to them. And who wouldn’t love a detective that has a baby elephant as a sidekick!
“IN STRANGERS’ HOUSES is a warmly crafted crime debut, perfect for our multicultural age. In Lena Szarka, a Hungarian cleaner on the trail of her best friend’s killer, we have a character designed for muddy, post-Brexit London. Lena’s strong heart and indomitable spirit shine through as Mundy offers up a colourful list of suspects, and enough twists and turns to keep us guessing. But it is the author’s wit that sparkles most brightly. She breathes life into both the dark underbelly of London, and the Hungary of Lena’s youth, mixing the gritty with the comic to great effect. A worthy beginning to a new series.” Vaseem Khan
Constable is publishing a new crime series starring a cleaner and immigrant as its “feisty heroine”, by debut author Elizabeth Mundy…. Read more