January 22, 2015
‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox
Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!
January 22, 2015
Always thought you’d like to write your own murder mystery or thriller novel? Live in or near Sydney, Australia? Then join me for a fun and hands-on workshop in Crime and Thriller Writing at The Australian Writers Centre on 7 and 8 February 2015.
Follow this link for more details. I look forward to seeing you there!
November 16, 2014
It’s a tough life at the top of your literary career, as author Richard Flanagan has just found out. Is his nomination for the UK’s Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2014 a touch of sour grapes I wonder? After all we are talking about the 2014 Man Booker Prize winner. Or maybe I’m just being a touch protective?
Flanagan is one of ten nominees, and here is an extract from the scene in question:
Whatever had held them apart, whatever had restrained their bodies before, was now gone. If the earth spun it faltered, if the wind blew it waited. Hands found flesh; flesh, flesh. He felt the improbable weight of her eyelash with his own; he kissed the slight, rose-coloured trench that remained from her knicker elastic, running around her belly like the equator line circling the world. As they lost themselves in the circumnavigation of each other, there came from nearby shrill shrieks that ended in a deeper howl. Dorrigo looked up. A large dog stood at the top of the dune. Above blood-jagged drool, its slobbery mouth clutched a twitching fairy penguin.
October 23, 2014
The inspiration for Monty the dogtective, the star of my new mystery, MONTY AND ME, is in fact a duck-toppling, burger-munching, fishing dog, and this photo of him in his fishing Doggles has melted many hearts.
So here he is. Deep, deep undercover.
October 20, 2014
Have you ever wondered what your dog is really thinking? You’re about to find out.
Most of you will know me as thriller author L.A. Larkin, but in November 2015 my new cozy mystery series kicks off with MONTY AND ME, featuring loveable dog-tective, Monty, and DC Asha Sidebottom. I am over the moon to be working with my new publisher, Katy Loftus from Avon (a Harper Collins UK imprint).
Katy Loftus says, “The dogs vs cats debate is set to rage on, with Monty set to show off his detective skills and warm heart. I am delighted that we will be publishing Louisa’s charming and gripping tale about (wo)man’s best friend.”
I am also delighted that the German rights have been bought by Kirsten Nägele of Heyne.
I’ll be writing as Louisa Bennet and a new website, Facebook page and Twitter handle will be launched soon for The Monty And Sidebottom Mysteries. Watch this space!
Set in a fictional English town, Monty must help rookie policewoman, Asha, track down his master’s killer. Little does she realise that Monty is much more than a duck-toppling, burger-pinching, failed guide dog. When Asha starts barking up the wrong tree it is up to him to help her crack the case. M C Beaton meets Spencer Quinn meets A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, MONTY AND ME is both a page-turning mystery and a heart-warming tale of the love between a dog and his owner.