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When twins Ellery and Ezra have to move in with their grandmother in Echo Ridge, they are not expecting quite this level of drama - and death. On their first night they discover a victim of an apparent hit and run.

Two previous homecoming queens were killed years apart in this small-knit community, one being the aunt they never met. Now with warnings about a third attempt being imminent, they are worried what dark secrets everyone are hiding. Is Malcolm, whose brother was a suspect last time, someone to trust? 

Filled with suspense and twists that you won't see coming. Perfect for crime-obsessed fans like the main character Ellery, you'll be second-guessing everyone and everything. 

A refreshing cast of characters, where everyone has quite distinct personalities and feels well fleshed out, and a fast paced narrative that will have you racing to the thrilling conclusion. 

Short story collection is the answer if:

- you are not sure what to read next

- can't decide between different genres

- looking for something good but short.

This allows you to dip into a A fantastic short story collection on the theme of home. The stories are set around Christmas time but each of the authors have taken their story in a different direction, touching upon wider themes of belonging, fitting in our society, homelessness, growing up and finding a family among strangers.

Great to have THE DIABOLIC author SJ Kincaid on the site today talking about setting as a character! THE DIABOLIC is published 1st November (that’s TODAY!) by Simon & Schuster.

I’m the author of the INSIGNIA series, and the upcoming book, THE DIABOLIC. I could honestly go on and on about world building for these sci-fi novels in the future, but I’ll try to keep this from becoming a novel in itself. They are both sci-fi stories set in the future – one a bit further in the future than now. I’ve found one single element in world-building that is most critical for me: the setting.

I need a place where the action takes place. That’s what gives my imagination the images I need for devising the plot. There is usually one primary location where the majority of the action takes place, and it is almost a character in its own right.

In THE DIABOLIC, the main setting is the Chrysanthemum, the power centre of a vast galactic Empire. The Chrysanthemum itself is a superstructure of 2,000+ interlinked st...