‘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 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!


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.