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‘A hugely promising debut’ Irish Independent
‘Gripping and pacy’ Steve Cavanagh, Sunday Times bestselling author of Fifty Fifty
‘They’re dead. They’re all dead. It’s my fault. I killed them.’
Those are the words of Iona Gardener, who stands bloodied and staring as she confesses to the murder of four people in a run-down cottage outside of Belfast.
Outside the cottage, five old dolls are hanging from a tree. Inside the cottage, the words “WHO TOOK EDEN MULLIGAN?” are graffitied on the wall, connecting the murder scene with the famous cold case of Eden Mulligan, a mother-of-five who went missing during The Troubles.
But this case is different. Right from the start.
Because no one in the community is willing to tell the truth, and the only thing DI Danny Stowe and forensic psychologist Rose Lainey can be certain of is that Iona Gardener’s confession is false….
Praise for Who Took Eden Mulligan?
‘A dark, disturbing and gripping read perfect for fans of Jane Casey, Patricia Gibney and Brian McGilloway’ Claire Allan
'Deftly and compellingly written' Anthony Quinn
‘A twisting tale of intrigue that never lets up.’ Brian McGilloway
‘A dark, twisting, compelling tale’ Stuart Neville
'An intriguing, sophisticated read told in an authentic voice' Kelly Creighton
‘Gripping and pacy’ Steve Cavanagh
‘A hugely promising debut’ Irish Independent
An unmissable serial killer thriller
Forensic psychologist, Declan Wells, is dealing with the aftermath of a car bomb during the Troubles in Belfast, which has left him in a wheelchair. But that is only the start of his problems.
Welsh Detective, Anna Cole is running away from a dead-end relationship and the guilt of her mother's death. She hopes secondment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland will provide a distraction.
There is a killer on the streets targeting young women and leaving behind macabre mementoes to taunt the police.
Can Declan and Anna work together to catch the deranged killer before he strikes again?
And is it ever possible to leave the past behind you?
Are you looking for the perfect summer holiday read of 2018? Then you'll love the emotional and heart-warming Posy of Promises
What happens when the relationship you have taken for granted suddenly ends?
Ava Connors is comfortable with her life just as it is, still living in the tiny terrace house where she was brought up by her grandmother, Maggie, seeing her long-term boyfriend, Finlay, and working in a florist.
But Maggie’s health is declining and Finlay is fed up waiting for Ava to make a commitment.
Ava has never really known her mother, Scarlett, and when she inherits an old and dilapidated house it ignites an interest in the mother who had abandoned her as a child.
Why did Scarlett leave her to be brought up by her grandmother?
Soon Ava begins to ask this question and in turn sets off a series of events that will change her life forever.
A Posy of Promises looks at the relationships we have and the questions we ask of those we love
What everyone is saying about a Posy of Promises:
"A classic beach read, close loving friends, a skeleton or two in the family closet, a will they won’t they romance .. pick up a copy of A Posy of Promises and you won’t be disappointed." Alison Daughtrey - Drew - Ali - The Dragon Slayer
"A wonderful, beautifully written, relaxing read." Nicki Murphy - Nicki's Book Blog
"Immerse yourself with the gorgeous house, wonderful characters that become friends and Sharon’s lovely writing style." Katie Jones - Katie's Book Cave
"I really enjoyed the story and I thought that Ava was a brilliant character, very well developed and I instantly liked her." Donna Maguire - Donnas Book Blog
"This is a grand read, full of warmth. So much going on with beautifully created characters and a well-spun tale that drew me in so quickly." Grace Smith - Reviewerlady: Good 'n' Read~y
"Perfect for grabbing a cup of tea and maybe even some chocolate A Posy of Promises will keep you entertained with warmth, love and friendships!" Rachel Broughton - Rae Reads
"I quickly settled into beautiful descriptions and ‘put you right there’ settings of Belfast..." Bernadette Maycock - BRMaycock's Book Blog
"A beautifully written, big-hearted book set in Belfast" Char Jones - Reviewer
"Sharon Dempsey writes with such warmth and affection it's hard not to be bowled over by her cast of characters as they deal with all life throws at them." Bestselling author Claire Allan
"A gorgeously written story, perfect light summer read" Alexina Golding - Bookstormer
Sharon Dempsey is also the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller, Little Bird. Posy of Promises is an emotional and uplifting read which will appeal to fans of authors like Amanda Prowse and Carol Mason.
Sometimes we’re more like our mothers than we think!
Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.
When Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine, Tara thinks she will die of shame. Soon after, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the enigmatic Nora.
When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.
Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer?
Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?
Sharon Dempsey is the author of the heartwarming A Posy of Promises and the critically acclaimed crime thriller Little Bird. My Virtual life is a touching story about family bonds, secrets and redemption. It will appeal to fans of authors like Kathryn Hughes, Amanda Prowse and Fiona Valpy.
North Star: An almost unmoving point of light. Find it and you will know your way home.
This collection of short stories and poems captures the unique voices of forty-five Northern Irish female writers. From mountains to lakes, from country to shore, the words resonate with the literary tradition that cloaks the land and infuses each of our souls.
My native land grounds me, keeps me in contact
with the rhythms of nature, the sound of the winds,
the call of the wild birds and the dialects of its people.
No matter where you are reading these poems and stories, North Star will guide you home.
[A] valuable addition to the literature on chronic paediatric illness... The book provides an in depth understanding of the path through chronic illness, illustrating the obvious effects on the child, but also the parents, siblings and the family as a whole across the spectrum from the psychological and social to the physical... There is much to be learnt from this book and it deserves careful reading.'
- from the Foreword by Hilton Davis, Emeritus Professor of Child Health Psychology, King's College London
Parents of children with chronic illnesses experience 'extreme parenting'. Parenting under extreme circumstances, like an extreme sport, challenges us to find our true strengths, to push ourselves physically and emotionally.
This book is a guide and a source of support for parents of children with long-term illnesses. Sharon Dempsey argues that by helping parents to cope with their child's condition we are ultimately helping the child, and that parents are better able to live a full, enjoyable life if they have an awareness of strategies and knowledge to cope with the difficulties of dealing with their child with a chronic illness.
The guide is packed with practical advice, models of exploration and lists of action points, and will empower parents to be good advocates for their children. It will also provide health professionals with invaluable insights into the demands of living with chronic illness.
Meet Danny - a boy with a peanut allergy. He explains that peanut allergies can be very serious, but once you know how to manage them, they don't have to get in the way of living a fun and full life. Danny talks about what a peanut allergy is, what do to in an emergency, and how his friends and family can help him to live a nut free life. He also shares advice on coping with a peanut allergy on special occasions and trips away.
This illustrated book is ideally suited for readers aged 7 and upwards, and will be an excellent way to increase awareness about peanut allergies, in the classroom or at home. It also includes clear, useful information for parents and professionals.