Fiction H – L

Novels by the following York Authors can be found on this page:

  • Tom Harper
  • Jessica Hart
  • Pamela Hartshorne
  • Jerry Ibbotson
  • Pauline Kirk (also writing as PJ Quinn).

Cover of Harper - Orpheus DescentTom Harper
The Orpheus Descent
Hodder & Stoughton, 2013. Hardback/e-book
Genre: Historical Thriller
Set in York? No
Description: Across twenty-five centuries, two men search for the people they love. Both have gone missing, both linked by an ancient gold tablet inscribed with instructions for the afterlife. But dangers lurk, and not everyone who goes to the place they’re looking for can return.
Reviews: ‘An act of great daring, pulled off to perfection… Thoughtful, thought-provoking and intelligent: mind-blowingly good.’ Manda Scott
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s websiteAmazon

Cover of Harper - Secrets of the DeadTom Harper
Secrets of the Dead
Arrow, 2012. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Historical Thriller
Set in York? Partially
Description: Aid worker Abby Cormac’s lover is brutally murdered in front of her, his death linked to a recently opened Roman tomb.  1700 years earlier, investigator Gaius Valerius is called to do one last job for his childhood friend, the emperor Constantine.  And the dangerous secret he discovers will reverberate down the centuries.
Reviews: ‘Oscillating between the present day and the early 4th century AD, this is a terrifically told, well researched blend of ancient history and modern Mafiosi, which brings the Balkans vividly to light. Intriguing and entertaining at the same time.’ The Times
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website  l  Amazon  l  Publisher’s website

Cover of Harper - Lazarus VaultTom Harper
The Lazarus Vault
Arrow, 2011. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Historical Thriller
Set in York? No
Description: When impoverished graduate student Ellie Stanton is unexpectedly invited to join a secretive private bank, the offer looks too good to be true.  But the bank is more than it seems: buried in its medieval vaults lies a treasure of immeasurable power. And getting in is only the beginning…
Reviews: ‘Marries ironclad narrative skills with some of the most elegantly understated writing in the field; he’s the thinking person’s Dan Brown.  The Lazarus Vault assembles a variety of elements: vulnerable heroine, a labyrinthine plot and lashings of atmosphere, to considerable effect – it’s another winner for the author.’ Barry Forshaw, CrimeTime
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website  l  Amazon  Publisher’s website

Cover of Hart - We'll Always Have ParisJessica Hart
We’ll Always Have Paris
Harlequin/Mills & Boon, 2012. Hardback, paperback, e-book
Genre: Romance
Set in York? No
Description:  Which is the most romantic: Paris, a tropical island, or the Scottish Highlands? Clara has to get unlikely TV star Simon Valentine to agree to take part in the documentary they’re making about romance. Simon can’t think of anything worse.  But love has a way of creeping up on you without warning …
Awards: Finalist, Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for Best Short Contemporary Series Romance 2013
Find out more from: Author’s website l Publisher’s website
Buy from: Amazon

Cover of Hart - Ordinary Girl in a TiaraJessica Hart
Ordinary Girl in a Tiara
Harlequin/Mills & Boon, 2011. Hardback, paperback, e-book
Genre: Romance
Set in York? Partly in Yorkshire
Description: Caro is an ordinary girl, Philippe is a prince. Neither of them are ready to fall in love.  Besides, there’s no way they could ever end up together … or is there?
Awards: Finalist RoNA Rose Award 2012
Find out more from: Author’s website l Publisher’s website
Buy from: Amazon

Cover of Hart - Oh So Sensible SecretaryJessica Hart
Oh-So-Sensible Secretary
Harlequin/Mills & Boon, 2010. Hardback, paperback, e-book
Genre: Romance
Set in York? No
Description: Summer is the perfect secretary: organised, sensible, practical. But there’s something about her new boss, Phin, that makes her want to let down her perfectly pinned-up hair!
Awards: Finalist National Readers’ Choice Award 2010; Finalist Booksellers’ Best Award 2011
Find out more from: Author’s website l Publisher’s website
Buy from: Amazon

Jessica Hart is currently writing her 60th romance for Mills & Boon.  For more details of her award-winning romances, please see her profile page.

Cover of Memory of MidnightPamela Hartshorne
The Memory of Midnight

Pan Macmillan, 2013. Paperback
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Set in York? Yes
Description:  Returning to York in an attempt to put her disastrous marriage behind her, Tess finds memories of a past that is not her own surfacing with disturbing effect.  Torn between two worlds, she must unlock the secrets of the past before she can free herself once and for all.
Reviews: ‘a terrific novel’ Elizabeth Buchan
‘A brilliant and bristling spine-chiller’ Pendle Today
‘a rattling good read’ The Press
Find out more and buy from: Author’s Website   l Amazon

Cover of Hartshorne - Time's EchoPamela Hartshorne
Time’s Echo
Pan Macmillan, 2012. Paperback, e-book
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction
Set in York? Yes
Description: Set in present day and Elizabethan York, Time’s Echo is part ghost story, part historical novel, with a dash of psychological thriller and seasoning of romance – a tale of  obsession and jealousy, of love and hate and warped desire.
Reviews: ‘A superbly haunting time-tripping story…’ Evening Telegraph (Peterborough)
‘York author Hartshorne weaves her own bit of magic with this bewitching tale.’ Northern Echo
Awards: Finalist, Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for Best Novel with a Strong Romantic Element 2013 and shortlisted for the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romantic Novel 2013
Find out more from: Author’s website  l   Publisher’s website
Buy from: Amazon

Cover of Ibbotson - VeilJerry Ibbotson
The Veil
Self published 2012 ebook
Genre: Urban fantasy
Set in York? Partially
Description: Something is not right in the village of Henchcombe. Terrible things walk the streets. The villagers’ deepest, darkest terrors come to life. It’s up to a group of villagers to come to the rescue. They face a journey deep underground to a place none of them could have imagined.
Reviews: ‘As a simple story of English villagers battling the evil that threatens to claim their home, it’s engrossing and enjoyable, but it’s also much deeper than that, telling us something about where evil comes from, about fear and despair, but also about love, self-sacrifice, faith and friendship.’ www.fantasybookreview.co.uk
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l Amazon

Cover of Ibbotson - ChosenJerry Ibbotson
Chosen
Self Published 2008 Paperback/ebook
Genre: Urban fantasy
Set in York? Partially
Description: Chosen is a grown-up coming of age tale and fantasy story in one. Magic books, undead vicars, God and fondue forks are brought together in the story of Alex Preston: a grumpy, daydreaming office worker who finds a tunnel in the basement at work.
Reviews: ‘A promising debut… There were moments in the book that allowed me to lose myself within its pages and this is what first-class fantasy is all about.’ www.fantasybookreview.co.uk
Read a sample: Here
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website  l Amazon

Close Disharmony PJ Quinn (Pauline Kirk)Pauline Kirk writing as PJ Quinn (with Jo Summers)
Close Disharmony: a DI Ambrose Mystery
Stairwell Books, 2014, Paperback
Genre: Crime
Set in York? No
Description: When a famous close harmony choir visits Chalk Heath, tensions are rife.
DI Ambrose feels a sense of foreboding. Does the choir include a murderer, or is the death of one of their singers connected to recent thefts? The third in the successful DI Ambrose series set in the 1950’s.
Reviews: ‘A cracking opening scene, abundant characterisation and narrative tension from start to finish… Crime has a new hero on the block.’ The Law Society Gazette
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l Amazon Publisher’s website

Cover of Quinn: Poison PenPauline Kirk writing as PJ Quinn (with Jo Summers)
Poison Pen: a DI Ambrose Mystery
Stairwell Books 2012
Genre: Crime
Set in York?
No
Description: It is 1959. Illness and death strike a group in a gracious but decaying old Hall. Is there a poisoner among the aspiring artists and writers? And why is DI Ambrose a suspect? He needs the help of his colleagues DS Sam Winters and WPC Meadows to clear his name.
Reviews: ‘One of Yorkshire’s most hotly-tipped crime-writing names.’ The Yorkshire Evening Post
‘Crisp writing and a strong sense of people, place and atmosphere make this book both a class act and a gripping read.’ Mary Sheepshanks, novelist and poet (Mary Nickson)
Awards: Entered for the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger Award.
Find out more and buy from:  Author’s website Amazon Publisher’s website

Cover of Quinn: Foul PlayPauline Kirk writing as PJ Quinn (with Jo Summers)
Foul Play: a DI Ambrose Mystery
Stairwell Books, 2011; second edition as e-book, 2012.
Genre: Crime
Set in York? No
Description: It’s 1958. The leading lady in an amateur theatre group is attacked. Was it an outsider or another actor? DI Ambrose investigates with his colleagues, DS Winters and the feisty WPC Meadows, exposing the group’s jealousies. Ambrose must also cope with his wartime memories and a wayward son.
Reviews: ‘I loved it. Foul Play is deeply informed by a knowledge of legal practice and a keen grasp of human nature.’ Teresa Peacocke, Member of the New York and London Bar
‘A classic sleuth novel.’ The Press (York)
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website Amazon Publisher’s website

Cover of Kirk: The KeepersPauline Kirk
The Keepers
Virago/Litltle Brown 1996 and 1997; Stairwell Books 2013 (e-book)
Genre: Futuristic Thriller
Set in York? Partly
Description: The Keepers conjures up a twenty-second century England fragmented by civil war. Peace and happiness are enforced at any cost. Esther is a member of a secret network of Dissidents who risk all to break free, but to rebel is the ultimate crime. Can she survive and win freedom?
Reviews:  ‘
A highly observant writer. Her characters have a life of their own… plenty of unease and all the tension of a Cold War spy thriller.’ Starburst
‘Building up to a searing climax, this is an unputdownable novel about power and betrayal and a passion for freedom which ultimately transcends both.’ Virago
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website l Amazon [ebook coming out this year] l Publisher’s website 

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