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The Last Party

On sale

30th March 2023

Price: £8.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751577136

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THE TWISTY THRILLER AND TOP 5 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER


IN A VILLAGE WITH THIS MANY SECRETS, A MURDER IS JUST THE BEGINNING . . .


On New Year’s Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests.

He’s celebrating the success of his lakeside holiday homes, and has generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbours.

By midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.

On New Year’s Day, DC Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects.

She grew up in the tiny community, so the murder suspects are her neighbours, friends and family – and Ffion has her own secrets to protect.

With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn’t who wanted Rhys dead . . . but who finally killed him.

A GAME OF LIES, THE NEXT DC FFION MORGAN THRILLER, IS OUT NOW!


‘Superb, devilishly clever, with echoes of Agatha Christie’ PATRICIA CORNWELL

‘Wickedly enjoyable’ THE TIMES

‘Mackintosh is just getting better and better with every book’ PETER JAMES

‘Leo and Ffion make a storming debut in this twisty tale’ BELINDA BAUER

‘A dark delight of a murder mystery!’ JANICE HALLETT

‘Warm, atmospheric, ingenious – this is the new crime series you need in your life’ WILL DEAN

‘Insanely gripping’ ERIN KELLY

‘Mackintosh is a genius’ FIONA CUMMINS

‘An absolute triumph’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS

‘Brilliant, so atmospheric’ RUTH WARE

‘Whipsmart’ LINWOOD BARCLAY

‘DC Ffion Morgan is complicated, funny and very sweary’ LOUISE CANDLISH

‘Twists that blindside you all the way’ MARI HANNAH

‘Every chapter ends on a cliff hanger’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

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THE LAST PARTY WAS A NO.5 SUNDAY TIMES PAPERBACK BESTSELLER ON 08.04.2023

Reviews

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
This is the start of a new series and if the rest are as good as this, happy days! Mackintosh has created a brilliant pairing in rogue policewoman DC Ffion Morgan and play-it-by-the-book DC Leo Brady
PATRICIA CORNWELL
The writing is superb. Wicked fun, devilishly clever, with echoes of Agatha Christie. This is a party you won't want to miss
EXPRESS
With her claustrophobic portrait of secret-stuffed small town life and her heartfelt evocation of the beauties of her adopted Wales, Mackintosh brings a new depth to her work here, without stinting on her customary twisty plotting
MARI HANNAH
Terrific. The Last Party has twists that blindside you all the way
BEST
A lively whodunnit with some great characters - this is a mystery to sink your teeth into
PRESS ASSOCIATION
Another nail-biting thriller
MARK EDWARDS
Her best yet. A picturesque setting, wonderful cast and a pair of detectives you'll love. Plus I guarantee you'll never guess whodunnit
WILL DEAN
DC Ffion Morgan may well be the Rebus of rural Wales. As warm as it is atmospheric and ingenious - this is the new crime series you need in your life
RUTH WARE
Brilliant, so atmospheric. I fell in love with courageous, complicated DC Ffion Morgan and I think readers will too
LOVEREADING
Sensationally smart and gorgeously gossipy while being an absolute humdinger of a thrilling read, and what's more, it's the start of a new series
CRIME MONTHLY
A gripping new series
CRIME TIME
An intricate fabric of suspects, numerous red herrings and a powerful sense of place . . . Slow burning small town crime with many a twist and a superlative cast
ERIN KELLY
I absolutely inhaled this insanely gripping and atmospheric thriller. DC Ffion Morgan and her English counterpart Leo Brady are up there with the greats
KIRKUS
Come to meet the interestingly dysfunctional characters; stay to cheer them on with a full heart
CHOICE
An excellent new thriller
PETER JAMES
Clare Mackintosh is just getting better and better with every book. This is a wonderfully assured and gripping read
PICK OF THE WEEK, SUN
A murky tale of dodgy dealings, lies and revenge
STARRED REVIEW, LIBRARY JOURNAL
Well-developed, complex characters . . . a gripping story with twists and turns
KIA ABDULLAH
DC Ffion Morgan is the detective I've been waiting for: clever and complicated, flawed but fearless, and clearly poised to rival her most famous male peers . . . A compulsive murder mystery that brims with authenticity, perfectly rounded off with a classic Mackintosh twist
B.P. WALTER
Clare Mackintosh has a way of taking thrillers to dazzling new and unexpected heights, whilst always delivering exactly what the reader wants: a thought-provoking story, a vivid cast of characters and a supremely compelling mystery
LJ ROSS
I loved The Last Party! This was a real page-turner, with compelling characters that drew me into the story. A fantastic, drily humorous and layered read that was a wonderful introduction to Detectives Leo and Ffion
VASEEM KHAN
Murder, mystery, a cellar-full of dark secrets, and a memorable cast of characters combine in a wonderfully gripping police procedural
BUZZ MAGAZINE
Wonderfully entertaining . . . [Ffion and Leo are] too good for just one appearance
WENDY WALKER
Hands down the best closed cast mystery I've read in years. Clues and suspects fill every page . . . Readers will adore the cast of characters and never guess whodunnit! Clare Mackintosh is absolutely brilliant
STARRED REVIEW, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Superb . . . A gripping portrait of two fractured people merges with believable plot twists, and the author perfectly captures the ennui of a small town where gossip can destroy lives. Mackintosh consistently entertains
LINWOOD BARCLAY
Whipsmart dialogue, droll observation, great characters and some very nasty business make this another standout for Mackintosh
CLAIRE MCGOWAN
The Last Party has everything - a great story, evocative setting, brilliant characters and shocking twists
CLAIRE DOUGLAS
I loved everything about The Last Party. Taut, pacey and so atmospheric with brilliantly-executed twists and wonderfully-written characters. DC Ffion Morgan is my new favourite detective and I'm so excited to read more. An absolute triumph
NIC_THEBOOKWORM
I absolutely loved this book . . . The writing is atmospheric, fast paced and the twists keep you gripped from the very first page
DAMP PEBBLES
The characters are superb, the plot is well-written and completely absorbing . . . I loved The Last Party and can only hope this is the start of DC Ffion Morgan's adventures
BELINDA BAUER
Detectives Leo and Ffion make a storming debut in this twisty, cleverly-layered tale of worlds colliding
FABULOUS
With twists to make you gasp, this is a top-notch read
FIONA CUMMINS
Clare Mackintosh is a genius
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
A gripping murder mystery. Every chapter ends on a cliff hanger, making it impossible to put down
JILL MANSELL
Twisty, ingeniously plotted and brilliant. Loved it, and I loved DC Ffion Morgan. I already can't wait for the next one . . .
ALLIE REYNOLDS
A superbly entertaining murder mystery full of emotion and humour. I loved it!
FANNY BLAKE
Absolutely gripping. A wonderful sense of place, great cast of characters and a policewoman I'm looking forward to reading about again
JANICE HALLETT
The Last Party is a dark delight of a murder mystery! More entertaining than any party I've ever thrown. A chilling buffet of brutal murder, laced with grudges, jealousy and revenge. Whatever you do this summer, get yourself an invite!
THE TIMES
A wickedly enjoyable reprise of the traditional crime novel . . . A great summer read
PRIMA
I loved the team of DC Ffion Morgan and DC Leo Brady . . . Great storytelling with a motley crew of characters
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PRAISE FOR THE LAST PARTY
LUCY CLARKE
Expertly plotted and relentlessly gripping, The Last Party is a perfectly executed murder mystery. The whip-sharp and deeply likeable Ffion leads the investigation, introducing us to a cast of brilliantly realised suspects. I loved every page
HEAT
A gripping new series opener
LOUISE CANDLISH, DAILY MAIL (SCOTLAND)
I REALLY loved The Last Party . . . brimming with epic scenery - all mists and mountains and freezing lakes . . . DC Ffion Morgan feels real right from the off: funny and complicated and very sweary
C.L. TAYLOR
Superb. A compelling murder mystery told with warmth, humour and enough red herrings to keep even the most seasoned crime reader guessing