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Isabella is missing… Or is she?

Meet Edie, a fabulous new detective – she’s funny, intelligent and something of a risk taker. She’s also broke. So, when an American client rolls up in Oxford asking her to help him find his cousin and throwing lots of cash her way, it’s a no brainer. But nothing is quite as it seems, and as the hunt for Bella progresses, Edie begins to fear for her own safety, as well as that of her precious family.

Praise for Julie Highmore:

‘She writes wonderfully well. Her style is restrained and supremely confident, pruned of unnecessary detail and sparkling with mordant wit’ - Wendy Holden

‘Compulsive reading’ - Daily Express

‘It’s funny and observant and truthful... I really, really liked it’ - Philip Pullman

‘There's also a mordant, black humour to her writing ...’ - Glamour

Get caught up on the hunt for the American’s cousin…

From her cramped office above a shop on the wrong side of town, Edie 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.

Combining a sharp and compelling investigator with an increasingly suspect first client, The American’s Cousin keeps readers gripped, as Edie finds herself drawn into a world of secrets, lies and, ultimately, great danger.