Previously on The Amy Lane Mysteries…

With Terror 404‘s launch date fast approaching, here’s a little reminder of what’s happened in the series so far…

Way back in the depths of 2013 – during the rule of the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition, in the time of the iPhone 5 – Jason Carr was released from prison after serving time for car theft. Desperate to get back on his feet in a cold, wet November, Jason took on a job as a cleaner – and entered the house of Amy Lane.

In Binary Witness, Amy was a depressed, agoraphobic recluse and hacker hero – if by “hero” one means the kind of thief that breaks into houses in order to find evidence of adultery, or murder. Let’s call her the Robin Hood of cyber B&E.

While Jason was making toast, Detective Inspector Bryn Hesketh and his trusty sidekick DS Owain Jenkins show up to ask for Amy’s help in finding some missing women in Cardiff. Jason decided to tag along for the ride, Amy’s “man on the street” and also “man knee-deep in grime” and “man who makes the tea”. After some roadbumps in their partnership, Jason agreed to be Amy’s assistant, and they became the crime-fighting duo that Cardiff needs.

Flash-forward to May 2014, when drugs flooded into South Wales in Code Runner. Jason took matters into his own hands and went after the dealers in the city centre. Except he was captured, drugged, and framed for murder. Slow clap for Carr.

Banged up in Swansea Prison, Jason had to face his former best friend Lewis and convince him that he didn’t actually kill his brother – as well as dodge the men inside trying to silence him for good. Amy worked to clear Jason’s name and hunt down the real killer among the drug dealers, which is like looking for a needle in a haystack except every stalk has a knife.

While the bad guys busted Jason out of a prison van for a murderous chase across the countryside, Amy fended off an unwelcome visit from her sister Lizzie – who had made up with their scoundrel parents. Amy also realised Jason is hot (well, duh). Jason’s sister Cerys stopped dating losers and hooked up with Owain, but not before getting herself into hot water. But all’s well that ends well – except for the criminals, and the scars borne by Owain. Not that his traumatic experience affected him in any way…

July 2014 brought Jason’s 24th birthday and Amy sets up a little mystery for her best friend – that turned into a real case entirely by accident. (Don’t worry if you don’t remember this bit. It’s in the short story Car Hacker and currently lives outside the Official Canon.)

Along came September 2014 and a dead security guard at the National Museum of Wales. Also, their most famous painting was stolen – oops? In Captcha Thief, Amy and Jason were hot on the case, until an efficient German turned up to spoil their fun. Enter Frieda Haas from the National Crime Agency – definitely not here to ruin everything ever, promise.

Jason, never distracted by a pretty face, headed off to North Wales on the back of Frieda’s motorbike. Amy investigated the dead security guard and had a green-eyed sulk, while enlisting police cadet Cerys to recruit a teenage genius: Corelia. Things went from bad to worse when Amy grew desperate to catch the killer and Frieda revealed her real purpose in cosying up to Jason. In her hour of need, Jason realised he really cares for Amy – maybe more.

By the end of the month (and the book), the crime was solved but our heroes were in a spot of bother. Jason was on the run (again) and Amy was arrested for sins against her father, under the care of a psychiatrist. All because of Frieda and a friend’s betrayal.

Tune in to Terror 404 to find out what happens next!

You can download this handy summary in PDF format here.

Terror 404 – Sneak Peek!

With both Terror 404 and the General Election only days away, we know there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. While we can’t predict the new Government, we can offer you a taste of what’s to come for The Amy Lane Mysteries.

When we left our heroes in Captcha Thief, they had solved a murder but at a price. Amy’s past had caught up with her and Jason was back on the run. In Terror 404, Amy has been detained in a private mental health unit, isolated from all technology, and Jason is living a secret double-life in Bristol.

Here’s a taster:

Chapter 1: The Sea’s Sway

When everything was too fast, too intense, too crowded with worry, her only respite was the sea. Its calming blue or its stormy grey or the white horses riding over it—she could watch and find a tiny space inside her that was still tranquil.

Emma Mason sat cross-legged on the damp grass, looking out through the clear plastic fence. She had been disappointed it wasn’t cool glass, to calm the hot turbulence inside her head, but it couldn’t be glass, could it? Not here. Too risky.

Three months. She had been imprisoned here for three months. No, not imprisoned—what was that word they used? Detained. She had been detained, because she had a mental disorder and she posed a high risk to herself. There was that word again: risk. It permeated the very atmosphere of the rooms, the breath of the staff, the wary glances between patients.

It was the kind of prison that lied. It showed you bright, open spaces, good food, the garden overlooking the sea—and it tried to convince you that you were free. Merely resting here a while.

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New publication date for Terror 404

Due to unavoidable publication delays, the fourth book in The Amy Lane Mysteries, Terror 404, will now be released on June 8th 2017.

The cover for Terror 404 will be revealed soon, and we will keep you updated on the exciting events around the launch date. Watch this space for a sneak peek at the first three chapters of Amy and Jason’s next case.

baby-selfie In other news…

Rosie is proud to announce the birth of her baby daughter, Faith, who arrived in January.

She is already learning the art of crime-fighting at her mother’s knee and watching Murder, She Wrote with her father. She is also insatiably curious and has a mean left hook. We anticipate a highly successful series called Faith Investigates!

Terror 404 release date

Thank you for your patience in waiting for updates on The Amy Lane Mysteries.

We can now confirm that Terror 404 will be released on 6th April 2017.

We also have some very exciting news about the series that isn’t quite ready to share yet, but we will keep you all posted in the build-up to the release of Terror 404.

What’s Rosie doing? books-bump
Since the release of Captcha Thief in February, Rosie has been working on the edits for Terror 404 and the first draft of a fifth Amy Lane novel.

She also moved house and gained a long commute to her day job, so her time for writing, social media and blog updates has become very limited.

Her schedule is about to become even more interesting, as she’s expecting her first child in January 2017!

Captcha Thief Blog Tour

Rosie has been blog touring with Captcha Thief, spilling all her secrets about the third Amy Lane Mysteries novel!

Here are some of the tour highlights:

Want to know more about Captcha Thief’s creepy cover? Look no further than Book Cover Junkie.

Rosie shares her publication journey at Book Publishing Secrets.

With As The Page Turns, Rosie talks tea and hedgehogs, imposter syndrome, handling reviews, and self-discovery through writing.

“5 Research Gems from Captcha Thief” – including including the secrets of paintings, sand and smugglers’ delights – at The Writer’s Life.

At The Dark Phantom Review, Rosie chats about screenwriting v novels, patience as a writing virtue, and how Cardiff is the third protagonist.

“How do you keep your narrative exciting?”
“I hurt Jason a lot”.
(Is anyone surprised?)
Interview at Blogcritics.

For Omnimystery News, Rosie talked about her dynamic duo, characters over time, pen names and Enid Blyton.

Rosie explored Captcha Thief with The Story Behind Your Book, including Rosie’s connection to the National Museum of Wales, her fascination with Rossetti and Siddal, and why Gogledd Cymru is a whole different world.

And last, but by no means least, readers can enter Amy’s world as the hacker herself is interviewed at Beyond The Books.

Captcha Thief: The Comic

comic-preview Thank you all for supporting the launch of Captcha Thief. The winners of the giveaway will all be contacted soon about their prizes!

If you have already read and enjoyed the book, your comments and reviews are always appreciated. Tell your friends, tell your bookstores, tell your libraries – readers are an author’s most powerful ally in making sure books reach more readers who will love them.

To celebrate Captcha Thief, the exquisitely talented artist Melissa Trender has imagined the first chapter of the third Amy Lane novel as a comic book. We will be giving away some print copies of this gorgeous piece of art, so keep your eyes peeled for giveaways.


Captcha Thief Release Day!

Happy book birthday to Captcha Thief, book three of The Amy Lane Mysteries!

To celebrate, we are running a giveaway for release day, with excellent prizes – a signed copy of the novel, a mounted print of Renoir’s La Parisienne, an exciting as-yet-unrevealed comic based on the novel, and La Parisienne postcards!

Enter below by completing the various options, including using the hashtag #CaptchaThief on social media to share your thoughts on the book.

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The online release day party kicks off on Facebook at 4pm GMT, with an after-party on Twitter from 8pm GMT. We look forward to seeing you there!

Agoraphobic hacker Amy Lane is recovering from her last case when her ex-con assistant Jason Carr finds a new crime to solve – a murdered security guard at the National Museum of Wales and a stolen Impressionist painting worth millions.

Ice-cold National Crime Agency investigator Frieda Haas is on the trail of the missing painting and charms Jason into following her to North Wales. He abandons Amy for new thrills, driving her to desperate measures to keep her panic under control and to stay on the track of the killer.

Nothing in this case is what it seems and Amy’s investigation takes her and Jason down a dangerous path – playing games with a murderer.

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