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The Companion

Published by: Head of Zeus Aries Ficion
Published: 9 June 2022
ISBN: 9781801109260

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James Ritchie was looking forward to a boy’s day out with his son, Wilbur – even if he was a little late in picking him up from the home of his ex-wife, Anna. Annoyed by his late arrival, and competing for their son’s attention, Anna leaves the two of them to their day with the promise of a roast dinner when Wilbur returns. 

But Anna will never see her family again. The next day, James and Wilbur are found dead, the victims of a double stabbing on the beach. 

DI Toni Kemp of Sussex police, must unravel a case which has shocked the country to its core. What she discovers will lead her to Blacklock House, a grand county mansion, long ago converted into apartments. Here in the middle of nowhere, where a peacock struts the lawn, and a fountain plays intermittently, seven long-term residents have seen more than they should. 

But this is a community that is good at keeping secrets…


‘Lesley Thomson gets better and better.’ —Ian Rankin

‘…a standalone whodunnit that is creepy and very funny.’ —The Times

‘Like the best of Barbara Vine and Agatha Christie crossed with the unique Lesley Thomson brilliance.’ —Elly Griffiths

‘A thoroughly entertaining and very contemporary take on the traditional country house mystery, switching from sinister to comic with practised ease.’ —The Daily Mail

Audio Book 

The audio book of Richard Attlee reading ‘The Companion’ is out on 9th July 2022