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The NEW Stephanie King thriller
out NOW!
UK Title - The Murder Game
US Title - The Invitation
Click the book cover to find out more on Amazon
The Tom Douglas Thrillers
Books can be read in any order
The Shape of Lies
Right Behind You


Welcome to my website, a place where I hope you will be able to find all the information you need about my novels.


The question I am asked most regularly is ‘in which order should I read the Tom Douglas thrillers?’ – and the answer is, you can read them in any order you like! All of the books stand alone, the only developing story being that of Tom himself. So if you have become a fan of DCI Douglas, you might want to start at the beginning, with Only the Innocent, and work your way through the titles in the order displayed above, left to right. But if you have started with the latest book, there shouldn’t be anything to confuse you.

In 2018 I also published the first book in the Stephanie King series - And So It Begins. Please check that out from the list below.


If you are a member of a Book Club, I am pleased to say that there are reading group discussion notes for most of my books. Just navigate to the book page, and you'll find some notes to download there. But beware: if you haven’t already read the book in question, you mustn’t read the notes first. They are full of spoilers!


I hope you find everything you need here, but if not, pop along to the contacts page and send me a message. I try to answer as quickly as possible, but depending on whether I am out on tour or deeply involved in writing or editing, it may take a little longer. And you can always contact me on Twitter or Facebook.


Thanks for visiting, and happy reading!




The Stephanie King Thrillers


And So It Begins


The Murder Game

The Tom Douglas Thrillers


Right Behind You


The Shape of Lies

Kill Me Again

Sleep Tight

Come a Little Closer

Stranger Child

The Back Road

The Sixth Window

Nowhere Child

Only The Innocent


I am in awe of Rachel Abbott’s plotting! The Sixth Window is Abbott at her best, with page turning twists to the very end. Recommend it to your best friend and your book group - you will want to discuss it with everyone you know.

Abbott continues to be an outstanding force in the world of thriller writing and The Sixth Window is no exception. Pacy, suspenseful and cleverly constructed, it is a gripping page-turner of a read, filled with astute observations on human nature. I loved it!"

Elizabeth Haynes

Author of Into the Darkest Corner

I have spent two days completely immersed in this twisty turny story and recently emerged breathless. Incredibly skilfully woven tale of loss, deceit, jealousy and love set against the backdrop of a difficult subject with the highest amount of sensitivity. A definite 5* read from me. 

Angela Marsons

Author of Silent Scream

LJ Ross

The DC Ryan mysteries

Masterly and compelling.
I couldn't put it

down until its
heart-stopping conclusion.

Robert Bryndza

Author of
The Girl in the Ice

Rachel Abbott once again confirms she’s the Queen of twisted suspense with another taut thriller that will keep you up long after lights out. Abbott is at the top of her game with The Sixth Window - it's cracking five-star read.

Michelle Davies

Author of Gone Astray

What a fabulous book!  I think I read most of it with my heart in my mouth! 

Kim the Bookworm


Rachel Abbott has been named the 14th bestselling author in the last five years. She has beaten Yann Martell, Jojo Moyes and Jeffrey Archer.

Daily Telegraph

Rachel Abbott ... has been named the most popular self-published Kindle author in the UK by Amazon

The Guardian

Rachel Abbott is the epublishing sensation of 2012

The Guardian

In The Press


Over 3 million copies sold!


Since then, Rachel has gone on to write a further four best selling novels - The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child and Nowhere Child (a novella). Her fifth book, Kill Me Again, was launched on 17th February 2016 and her sixth - The Sixth Window on 21st February 2017.


In August 2015, Amazon confirmed that Rachel is the UK's bestsellling independent author over the last five years. She is also listed at number 14 in the list of bestselling authors - both traditionally and independently published - over the same five year period.


Her fourth novel - Stranger Child - was the 11th bestselling novel in the first half of 2015 and the most borrowed book during that period.

Rachel Abbott was born just outside Manchester, England, and spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company. After her company was sold in 2000, she fulfilled a lifelong ambition of buying and restoring a property in Italy. She now splits her time between homes in Italy and Alderney, where she writes full time and has just completed her sixth novel.


Rachel launched her first novel Only the Innocent in November 2011. The book was self-published in the UK through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later. It held its position for four weeks, and was the second highest selling self-published title in 2012.

For press enquiries, please visit our media page.


Crime Writing festival in London

Killer Women Festival 2020

‘A book lover’s dream.’ London’s favourite crime writing festival. Now in its fourth year. Sunday 15 March 2020. Fun, friendly, inclusive and affordable

A panel event called in The Mind of a Criminal

Capital Crime Writing Festival in London

I'm taking part in a panel event called In The Mind of a Criminal with fellow authors Mel Sherratt, Simon Kernick, Winnie M Li and Jenny Blackhurst

Meet Rachel Abbott and fellow novelists Lucey Foley and Tracy Bloom

Routes into Publishing

Join me, Lucy Foley and Tracy Bloom as we explain how we have achieved success in our writing and publishing careers using very different routes. From self-publishing to a contract, from a contract back to self-publishing and how a change in genres can bring new audiences.

Rachel Abbott talks about pace in writing with a host of fellow authors

Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

Clear! Kick start hearts from the flatline of fiction as authors ramp up the tension.
Breathlessly racing against the clock are the #1 Amazon bestselling author, Rachel Abbott, Steve Cavanagh, the man behind the propulsive narrative drive of Thirteen. Author of the unputdownable, The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena, keeps us on the edge of our seats as we rush headlong into a savage climax with the Forget My Name thriller writer, JS Monroe.
Mark Lawson bites his nails and puts his foot to the floor as Chair for the thrilling ride. Tickets are just £12

Nov 15, 2018

Meet Rachel Abbott and debut novelist Karen Hamilton in Bristol

Crime and Wine with Rachel Abbott in Bristol

Come along for a night of CRIME AND WINE with two fabulous authors. Former air steward Karen Hamilton’s debut THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND will take you to thrilling new heights, as obsession takes to the skies with an air hostess who is willing to do anything to get her ex-boyfriend back. And number 1 bestselling author Rachel Abbott, who has sold over 3 million copies to date, will be talking about her very first hardback novel, and the start of a brand new series AND SO IT BEGINS.

Tickets are £3.

Nov 14, 2018

Join Rachel Abbott, Jenny Blackhurst and Mary Torjussen in Liverpool

A Crime & Wine Panel with three top crime writers in Liverpool

Join three top crime writers at the top of their game as we welcome Rachel Abbott, Jenny Blackhurst & Mary Torjussen for an evening discussing plot twists, crime thrillers as escape, female protagonists and much more. All of this and a glass of wine too!

Tickets are £3.30

The event starts at 18.30.

Nov 13, 2018

Meet Rachel Abbott and Mary Torjussen in the Wirral

Crime Night with Rachel Abbott and Mary Torjussen in the Wirral

Linghams booksellers host international best-seller Rachel Abbott and local author Mary Torjussen as they discuss their latest thrillers.

Tickets are £7

The event starts at 19.00 but doors open at 18.30.

Nov 12, 2018

Meet Rachel Abbott and fellow thriller writers at a stunning London rooftop venue

Rooftop Book Club in London

Join Rachel Abbott and fellow thriller writers Elly Griffiths and Sabine Durrant for crime and wine on Headline’s stunning riverside rooftop. A night of twists and turns awaits as Claire Frost from Fabulous Magazine interviews us and then opens up to questions from the audience.


The event starts at 18.30. Tickets are £10. 

Jul 18, 2018

Meet Rachel Abbott at the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate

COME AND MEET ME……and get a chance to read And So It Begins before its official launch at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. I’m really hoping to see a lot of you there. The festival runs from July 19th until July 22nd and there will be a... PROOF GIVEAWAY on Saturday 21st. Limited copies of proofs of And So It Begins will be available! I'll be there, on the lawn, to sign copies.

Jul 25, 2018

The thrills and chills of crime writing

Crime and Wine evening with Shari Lapena

An event at Ickenham Library for a ‘crime and wine’ evening with Shari Lapena, best-selling other of The Couple Next Door. We’ll both be talking about our latest books and about the thrills and chills of crime writing! I will have samplers of my new book And So It Begins and copies of Come A Little Closer will be available to sell which I am happy to sign.

Apr 04, 2018

Polish off your most probing questions about all things crime fiction

Q&A with the Crime Book Club

Join me at 7pm on Facebook for a question and answer session about books and crime writing

Apr 08, 2018

6.30 PM

First Monday Crime

Fancy a night of murder and mayhem for crime fiction folk? 

Join me, John Connolly, Leigh Russell and Stu Turton for an evening of books, crime and writing chat, all moderated by the one and only Barry Forshaw.


Tickets are FREE but you have to sign up quick...Room A130, College Building, City University, 276 St John’s Street EC1V 4PW

May 05, 2018

4.00 PM

Grip Lit panel event at Newcastle Noir Festival

Join me, Alison Baillie and Eva Dolan at the Newcastle Noir Festival for a session on Gripping Literature!


The venue is the wonderful Literary & Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Apr 09, 2018

10.45 AM

Amazon Panel at Author HQ, London Book Fair

Find me adjacent to the Amazon Publishing stand 1D50 at the London Book Fair at Author HQ. This year's discussion theme is How To Get Started. Fellow authors Mark Dawson and LJ Ross will also be there with tips!

May 02, 2018

6.30 PM

Murder She Wrote

Join me, Mel McGrath & Kate Rhodes as we discuss crime writing at Whitley Bay Customer First Centre (library), York Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE26 1AB 

May 07, 2018

1.00 PM

In conversation with Sharon Bolton

Celebrate National Crime Reading month with Sharon Bolton and me at Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE - lots of book chat and we'll be signing copies of our latest thrillers

May 07, 2018

6.30 PM

In conversation with Sharon Bolton

Celebrate National Crime Reading month with Sharon Bolton and me at the Arndale Centre, Market Street, Manchester M4 3AQ - lots of book chat and we'll be signing copies of our latest thrillers

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