The Last Party is the first Clare Mackintosh thriller that I ever had the pleasure of helping to edit – and from the very first draft, I was completely and utterly bowled over by the authentic cast of characters, the exquisite Snowdonia setting and the effortless way that Clare takes the mystery genre and adds her own genius perspective. How many thrillers can you think of that send an emotional shockwave through you at the twist? The Last Party will leave you reeling.
The author’s experience as a former police officer really shines through as she introduces you to DC Ffion Morgan – a black sheep in the community of Cwm Coed, a tiny village on the border between England and Wales. Ffion knows everyone in Cwm Coed, a place where no one ever seems to quite get away, and your past mistakes are never the past. So when the body of a local hero is found in the lake after his showy New Year’s Eve party, Ffion finds herself investigating the guests: her own friends and family. Trust me when I say that not only does everyone in this village have a secret, but you will also be desperate to unpick them all before the stunning ending.
I think The Last Party may be the best book Clare has written to date, and that is saying something. You’ll want to come back to Ffion time and time again, and you’re in luck – this marks the start of a brand-new series, so the people of Cwm Coed will be back again . . .
THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLER AND START OF A THRILLING NEW SERIES: AT MIDNIGHT, ONE OF THEM IS DEAD. BY MORNING, ALL OF THEM ARE SUSPECTS . . .
‘Superb, with echoes of Agatha Christie‘ PATRICIA CORNWELL
‘A dark delight of a murder mystery’ JANICE HALLETT
‘Mackintosh is just getting better and better‘ PETER JAMES
‘A wickedly enjoyable reprise of the traditional crime novel’ THE TIMES
On New Year’s Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests.
His lakeside holiday homes are a success, and he’s generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbours. This will be the party to end all parties.
But not everyone is there to celebrate. By midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.
On New Year’s Day, DC Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects.
The tiny community is her home, so the suspects are her neighbours, friends and family – and Ffion has her own secrets to protect.
With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn’t who wanted Rhys dead . . . but who finally killed him.
In a village with this many secrets, a murder is just the beginning.
DC Ffion Morgan Book 2 is available to pre-order now.
PRAISE FOR THE LAST PARTY:
‘Whipsmart dialogue, great characters . . . Another standout for Mackintosh’ LINWOOD BARCLAY
‘Detectives Leo and Ffion make a storming debut‘ BELINDA BAUER
‘Clare Mackintosh is a genius’ FIONA CUMMINS
‘I absolutely inhaled this insanely gripping and atmospheric thriller’ ERIN KELLY
‘I loved everything about The Last Party. An absolute triumph’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS
‘I fell in love with courageous, complicated DC Ffion Morgan’ RUTH WARE
‘This is the new crime series you need in your life’ WILL DEAN
‘Superb. Enough red herrings to keep even the most seasoned crime reader guessing’ C.L. TAYLOR
‘Fantastic, drily humorous and layered, a wonderful introduction to Detectives Leo and Ffion‘ LJ ROSS
‘Expertly plotted and relentlessly gripping’ LUCY CLARKE
‘Twists that blindside you all the way’ MARI HANNAH
‘A superbly entertaining murder mystery’ ALLIE REYNOLDS
‘With twists to make you gasp, this is a top-notch read’ FABULOUS
‘I guarantee you’ll never guess whodunnit’ MARK EDWARDS
‘Murder, mystery, a cellar-full of dark secrets, and a memorable cast of characters’ VASEEM KHAN
‘Brims with authenticity, perfectly rounded off with a classic Mackintosh twist’ KIA ABDULLAH
‘Mackintosh has created a brilliant pairing in DC Ffion Morgan and DC Leo Brady’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘A great story, evocative setting, brilliant characters and shocking twists’ CLAIRE MCGOWAN
‘Superb . . . Mackintosh consistently entertains’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
‘Mackintosh has a way of taking thrillers to dazzling new heights‘ BP WALTER
‘I loved the team of DC Ffion Morgan and DC Leo Brady’ PRIMA
‘Mackintosh brings a new depth to her work, without stinting on her customary twisty plotting’ EXPRESS
THE LAST PARTY was a No.4 Sunday Times hardback bestseller August 2022