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A Messy Affair


Well, if Mrs Hinch wrote crime books, this is what she would do! Liz Mundy’s Hungarian protagonist Lena (rhymes with ‘trainer’) is a cleaner whose services the houses of the rich and famous in Islington. This is her third outing for Constable, and here she is thrown into the world of reality TV when her cousin Sarika’s boyfriend, Terry, disappears . . . and then turns up dead. Terry was the star of the most talked-about show on television, N1 Demons, and he clearly made as many enemies as he took on girlfriends – before deciding Sarika might be The One. And now Lena has to scrub her way through the grimy world of reality TV, online dating and betrayed lovers to prevent the same fate from happening to Sarika.

The action centres around the flashy bar NI Demons at the Angel, Islington. Funny, sharp and knowing, it also comes with a few housecleaning life hacks and tips. This is such a clever, many-layered book, no wonder Vaseem Khan has called it ‘perfect for our multicultural age’.

So start the year with a new broom and get stuck in up to your elbows with Liz and Lena. Because as it says in the cover shoutline: in the world of reality TV, the Only Way is Murder . . .

Krystyna Green