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Bookable Space with AA Abbott

Season 1, Ep. 50

Love being read to? Joining host Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features AA Abbott reading Lies at Her Door.

About the book:

She forgot about her childhood friend… until his body is found under her garden. Can she prove she didn’t commit the decades-old murder?

 Lucy Freeman struggles to find satisfaction in life. Trapped in the shadow of her rock star brother, the thirty-two-year-old craves more than her days at home caring for her terminally ill mother. But her routine takes a turn for the horrifying when a giant sinkhole collapses the earth outside their house and reveals a skeleton.

Shocked to discover the bones belong to a former member of her sibling’s band, Lucy’s worst nightmare comes alive when police suspect her of the killing. And as she turns to her dying parent’s diaries in a desperate search for vindication, she’s entangled in a dark and complicated truth.

 Will unearthing long-buried wrongs prove lethal?

Lies at Her Door is a heavy-hitting psychological thriller novel. If you like strong character growth, overcoming dysfunctional relationships, and revealing unexpected secrets, then you’ll love AA Abbott’s chilling whodunnit.

 Buy Lies at Her Door to excavate the facts from the rubble today!

About the author:

British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott (also known as Helen Blenkinsop) enjoys escaping with an exciting and emotional read, and that’s what she aims to write, too. Based in Bristol, her latest psychological thriller is set in the city’s swanky Clifton district. Here, gracious Georgian houses overlook the dramatic Avon Gorge. While it’s a place of beauty, nothing is ever as perfect as it seems.


‘Lies at Her Door’ is Helen’s ninth book. She’s had help from beta readers on subjects as varied as police procedure, philosophy and Parkinson’s disease. They’ve made huge improvements to the story, as has Helen’s editor, Katharine D’Souza.

Like 10% of us, many of Helen’s family are dyslexic. While she is not, she wants her books to be enjoyed by readers with dyslexia and visual impairment too. She publishes her thrillers in a large print dyslexia-friendly edition as well as standard paperback and ebook versions. (You can also adjust the font on your electronic device to suit your needs.)

Helen likes speaking to book groups, business networks and social circles. She also has fun reading thrillers and short stories at live fiction events and on Zoom. If you're a book blogger, litfest organiser, reviewer or simply adore books, she’d love to hear from you.

Helen is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bristol Fiction Writers' Group, and Birmingham's New Street Authors.

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