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The Message by Julie Highmore


The American’s cousin is missing … or is she?

Edie Fox is a Private Investigator. Or at least that’s what she aspires to be. From her cramped office above a shop on the wrong side of town, she just about manages to stay afloat with the odd job spying on cheating spouses.

This all changes when a wealthy young American, desperate to find his missing cousin, hires Edie to track her down.

But things are not as they seem. People are telling lies, lots of them.

Edie needs to work out why, but time is running short. As she gets swept up in the hunt for the American’s cousin, she realises that she’s out of her depth. And as personal and professional boundaries blur, she fears she could lose everything: her business, her family … her life.

Product description Combining a sharp and compelling investigator with an increasingly suspicious first client, THE AMERICAN’S COUSIN keeps readers gripped, as Edie finds herself drawn into a world of secrets, lies and, ultimately, great danger.

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I’ve been a novelist since 2001. Writing under the name of Julie Highmore, I have nine books published by Headline Review. The American’s Cousin, is the first in a new crime series, featuring private investigator, Edie Fox. Before writing for a living, I taught English and worked as a publisher’s reader, all of which helped enormously when I came to write the first novel.

Following a nomadic childhood, as the daughter of an RAF officer, I settled in Oxford in my twenties, and because I loved it so much, haven’t left. My new protagonist, Edie Fox, is based in the exciting, arty and student-filled East Oxford, and I’d say she is the character I’ve most enjoyed creating. I hope you like her, and her family, too - as well as the dark and disturbing mystery she becomes embroiled in. I’m currently writing the second in the series. See my website (link) for updates!