Her Deadly Friend by Rachel Sargeant

Her Deadly Friend by Rachel Sargeant

Praise for Her Deadly Friend by Rachel Sargeant:

‘Wow – what a page-turning triumph!’ Anita Faulkner

‘A cleverly constructed police thriller with a startling twist’ Jennie Ensor

A random sequence of murders rocks West Gloucestershire. First one, then another. From calculated and clinical, to opportunist and frenzied. As the body count tops five, Detective Inspector Steph Lewis’s investigations point to Amy Ashby as chief suspect for the rampage.

Steph and Amy were arch enemies at school.

Amy, still seething with fury about what Steph did back then, refuses to let the detective stand in the way of her current hunt for a new man and a fresh start. This time, it is for keeps.

As the evidence mounts, Steph is convinced of Amy’s guilt. But is Steph obsessed with a schoolgirl vendetta that could wreck her career and destroy her family? Or is she closing in on a deadly killer?

Her Deadly Friend is the first book in the Gloucestershire Crime Series, featuring DI Steph Lewis, a spirited, no-nonsense detective with secrets of her own.

Purchase: AmazonUK or Hobeck Books or AmazonUSA

Imprint: Hobeck Books

On Sale: 23 April 2024 (updated version of 2022 publication)

Format: paperback and eBook

Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-1915817341

Also available from bookshops and Painswick Rococo Garden.


With thanks to everyone who has read and reviewed the book so far. Here’s a selection of the reviews from the blog tour:

‘Her Deadly Friend is a fast paced twisty read from one of my favourite authors’ – JoJo’s Over the Rainbow blog

‘I hope that there will be a follow up to this novel, I enjoyed this one a lot’ – Steph’s Book Blog

‘A good read, a shocking conclusion and I’m looking forward to book 2 in the series’ – Lynda’s Book Reviews

‘a cracking start to a new series’ – Peter Turns the Page Book Reviews

‘I flew through … looking forward to seeing where she takes this series next’ – Jacob Collins, Hooked from Page One

‘full of surprises right till the end’ – I Heart Books blog

‘I do love a riveting police procedural thriller! And this definitely hits the spot!’ – Miranda’s Book Scape

‘The writing is flawless… so twisty and original that I didn’t see any of it coming’ The Book Magnet



And here are some random facts discovered during the writing of the book in 2022:  Random Fact – Rachel Sargeant