New thriller sets the scene on murder at a holiday let

It’s no wonder the hotel industry is in a panic, with millions of people instead opting to spend their short trips and even extended days living in other people’s homes. This “ONLINE  BOOKING culture” has become the modern hotel, with all the comforts of home.

But step back for a minute – these owners literally hand their keys to people they’ve never met, disclose their bank information for payment and often never even meet the kaleidoscope of interesting characters. In Sue Raphael’s new novel, the darker side of this culture checks in for a long, long stay.

‘The Holiday Let’ is unlike any other novel on the market, fusing its topical theme with all the hallmarks of intrigue and thrillers that readers crave.


Even in Paradise, nothing is perfect.

Greg and Lily Hampton are a handsome and engaging London based couple . Lily is effervescent and intuitive, while Greg is steady and level-headed. They frequently rent out their ocean fronted apartment in Andalucía. When they find a girl’s ripped and bloodied tee shirt in the apartment, it sets Lily’s mind racing like a bloodhound. Is it foul play or just her imagination kicking in! Is her natural intuition sensing something? Husband Greg initially thinks his wife is sensationalising what could be a household accident. But Lily is on a mission.

The labyrinthine quest and final solving of the blood stained tee shirt and the intrigue in other people’s lives entwine together to make ‘The Holiday Let’ a fast paced, gripping and unexpected narrative with more red herrings than a Norwegian fjord .

“So many people turn the keys over to their home without even questioning the people staying there,” explains the author. “And it stands for so much more; they’re literally sharing a piece of their lives with strangers they’ve never met. The narrative explores this heavily, as well as the internet’s role in this phenomenon and how it may be sharing too much about us with nefarious individuals…”

Continuing, “The story is also underwritten by a truly traditional intrigue and thriller narrative, that contains everything readers expect along with very modern twists. Please buy a copy, because you’ll never think the same way again when either clicking “book”, or when accepting that next booking yourself.”

‘The Holiday Let’, from Austin Macauley publishers, is due for release on July 31st, 2019.

About the Author:

The author worked in Home Search in London for many years, relocating executives and employees for large companies.

She has been both a renter and a landlord.She lives in the UK with her husband and also spends time in Spain and India.

New romance novel from Lisa Hobman

When writer Lisa Hobman left England in 2012 and relocated to Scotland, she instantly knew her growing writing career would be surrounded with boundless inspiration. And it’s paid off with gusto, with Hobman achieving bestseller status on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hobman’s hallmark for feel-good, humanity-rich romance plays out on every page of her new novel, ‘A Summer of New Beginnings’. Meet a travel writer, an assignment to cycle Scotland’s North Coast 500 route – and a series of life-changing discoveries that will set readers on their own course for adventure.

Synopsis: Meet Zara Bailey, a travel writer paid to cover some of the globe’s most luxurious locations. Jetting from wooden huts on stilts in turquoise seas to boutique hotels with roaring fires to 7* penthouse suites with panoramic views of the world’s most glamorous cities… Zara knows hers is the definition of a dream job!

So she is seriously shocked to receive her next assignment; Scotland’s Northcoast 500 route. By bicycle. Sleeping in a tent so basic it can’t remotely be dressed up as glamping!

But this could be just the distraction the recently heartbroken Zara needs. No men, no romance, just the breathtakingly rugged Highland scenery. Until she meets croft owner Lachlan Grant, and his black and white Border Collie Bess, that is…

“This story is incredibly uplifting, and heavily inspired by the beauty and mystery of Scotland,” explains the author, who didn’t start writing until her forties. “I admit I haven’t cycled the North Coast 500 route (yet!!), but every location and setting in the book is included because it’s somewhere my family has visited and fallen in love with. If you love Scotland, or have just dreamed of visiting, this is the book for you.”

Continuing, “It’s also perfect for those of us who love a story that sends the heartstrings tugging and leaves us feeling empowered and positive about the power of love. Read it on the beach, out on your deck or inside on a rainy day – you’ll be singing The Proclaimer’s hit in your head long after you turn the last page!”

‘A Summer of New Beginnings’, from Aria Fiction, is available now:


About the author, in her own words: 

Back in 2014 I had the huge honour of being shortlisted in the Romantic Novelists Association, Romance Novel of the Year – Contemporary Romance Category (RoNA), for my debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic. This book was re-published in 2017 when I signed a four book deal with Aria Fiction. The new title is A Seaside Escape and the new version has been very well received.

I’m a happily married mum of one with two energetic dogs who make cameo appearances in some of my books. I love writing and creating new characters and now have the pleasure of writing almost full time.


I am also a singer and have played a number of venues including The Highland Festival as well as appearing in ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ in 1996/7 as Alanis Morissette.

In 2012 my family and I relocated from England to our favourite place in the world, Scotland, and we are now happily ensconced in village life. This stunning country was the inspiration for my writing career and so it’s only right that it features in all of my books.

Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed, although in the past it has centered on poetry and song lyrics; some of which appear in my stories. But to now be a published author is a real dream come true. I have now had two publishing contracts and have fourteen published titles under my belt.

I’ve recently completed my four book contract with UK publisher Aria Fiction – an imprint of award winning Head of Zeus and I have many more books in the pipeline! You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


I have a lifelong condition called Myasthenia Gravis and so I’m proud of what I have achieved while managing the symptoms, and I hope that others with the condition can be inspired to follow their dreams.