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Christobel Kent - Author

About the Author

Christobel Kent was born in London and educated at Cambridge. She has lived variously in Essex, London and Italy. Her childhood included several years spent on a Thames sailing barge in Maldon, Essex with her father, stepmother, three siblings and four step-siblings. She now lives in both Cambridge and Florence with her husband and five children.

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Featured books by Christobel Kent

The Crooked House

The Crooked House

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties, no home, a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. She's a nobody; she has no-one and that's how she wants it. But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme Grace, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote and dilapidated house on the edge of a bleak estuary. A girl whose family, if not happy, exactly, was no unhappier than anyone else's - or so she thought. Then one night a terrible thing happened in the crooked house, a nightmare of violence out of which Alison emerged the only witness and sole survivor and from which she has been running ever since. Only when she meets academic Paul Bartlett does Alison realise that if she's to have any chance of happiness, she has to return to her old life and confront the darkness that worked its way inside her family and has pursued her ever since.

The Crooked House

The Crooked House

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

One fateful night. One unthinkable family tragedy. One survivor. This is Alison's story. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Apple Tree Yard, this stunning psychological thriller follows one woman's search for the truth about her family history. Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties and a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote house on a bleak estuary. A girl whose family, if not happy, exactly, was no unhappier than anyone else's - or so she thought. Then one night violence was unleashed in the crooked house, in a nightmare that only Alison survived and from which she's been running ever since. Only when she falls for the charismatic Paul does Alison realise that to have any chance of happiness, she must return to her old life and face a closed community full of dark secrets. As she seeks to uncover the truth of what happened that terrible night, Alison begins to question everything she thought she knew. Is there anyone she can trust?

A Darkness Descending - A Mystery in Florence

A Darkness Descending - A Mystery in Florence

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2014

The secret world of a murder victim leads detective Sandro Cellini to uncover the hidden life of a woman consumed by a deadly obsessionWhen the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his wife, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the political becomes dangerously personal—and Detective Inspector Sandro Cellini is summoned to investigate.The trail leads to a somber seaside town, where Flavia chose to end her life. But Cellini isn’t satisfied—why would one so young and with so much to live for walk away from all she loves?As he digs into Flavia’s secret world, however, Sandro uncovers the hidden life of a woman consumed with private passions and a dark, deadly obsession—a stark reminder that life in modern italy has a perilous edge, fueled as much by rage as desire.

A Darkness Descending

A Darkness Descending

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

When Niccolo Rosselli, the driven, charismatic leader of a Florentine political movement, collapses at a rally, his young party immediately comes under threat. And when it emerges that his long time partner, Flavia, has disappeared, leaving behind not only a devastated husband but their newborn son, the political becomes dangerously personal - and Sandro Cellini is drafted in to investigate. The trail leads to a tired sea-side town and a modest hotel, where Flavia chose to end her life. But Cellini isn't satisfied - why would one so young and with so much to live for, walk away from all she loves? As he digs into Flavia's secret world, however, Sandro uncovers the hidden life of a woman consumed with private passions and a deadly, dark obsession. And as the private and public realms intersect, he cannot forget that life in modern Italy has a perilous edge - fuelled as much by rage as desire.

The Killing Room

The Killing Room

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

When private investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to attend a glamorous launch party for a luxury residence overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no idea what he's walking into. Behind the ancient and luxurious facade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a series of terrible secrets; an old torture chamber, hidden for centuries in the bowels of the building, and a much more recent malevolence. The former head of security for this elite development has just died under suspicious circumstances and Sandro finds himself - quite literally - stepping into dead man's shoes. He soon discovers that other unsavoury incidents have tainted the prestigious opening. When one of the residents is found murdered in her room, events begin to spiral out of control. Sandro must work to untangle the complex web of relationships that exists between residents and staff to unmask a deadly killer.

Other books by Christobel Kent

A Florentine Revenge

A Florentine Revenge

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

On a scorching summer afternoon in the suburbs of Florence, a small girl goes missing at a crowded swimming pool and is never seen alive again. For fifteen years a terrible crime lies unsolved, becoming one of the city's darkest and most shameful secrets, until one bitter winter night another body is found, at another swimming pool, and the case is reopened. Celia Donnelly had just arrived in Florence at the time of the girl's disappearance and can remember only too well the face that filled the front pages of every Italian newspaper. When word of the gruesome new discovery breaks, she is in the midst of arranging a weekend of birthday celebrations for a wealthy Englishman's wife. However, as Celia undertakes what ought to be a routine work assignment, she finds herself more closely involved than she could have ever imagined with a tragedy that has haunted her dreams for fifteen years; and it is Celia who is compelled to bear witness when the past returns to exact a brutal and terrifying revenge.

The Summer House

The Summer House

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

Rose Fell's friends think she's taking a big risk when she leaves the security of home and career to move to the beautiful but isolated village of Grosso, near Genoa. But after a year of emotional turmoil Rose no longer has any ties back home, and she relishes the challenges of a new start. Making a home, however, in the ravishing, haunted landscape of Italy's Riviera coast turns our to be lonelier than Rose had anticipated. And it is only when she is asked to write a profile on one of her reclusive neighbours, the once-glamorous film star Elvira Vitale, that Rose feels her new life is really beginning. But when a young girl's body is found on the local beach, and the following day Elvira's hard-working cleaner, Ania, goes missing, Rose finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation that threatens the idyll she has worked so hard to establish.

A Party in San Niccolo

A Party in San Niccolo

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

'In the far distance, the great terracotta dome of the cathedral appeared, like a mirage shimmering in the heat haze . . .' Gina Donovan arrives in Florence on a beautiful spring morning to stay with an old friend. She is hoping for nothing more than a break from her demanding young family, but as she soon finds out, this most ancient and beautiful of cities has its dark side. Within hours of her arrival, Gina meets the elegant Frances Richardson, who invites her to her birthday party. As Gina learns, Frances' party is the highlight of the expatriate calendar. This year it is to be held in the gardens beneath the city's medieval wall. However, as Gina's week in Florence unfolds and the party draws near, a terrible discovery is made. And no one in this close-knit community is free of suspicion . . .

Late Season

Late Season

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

An isolated Tuscan farmhouse on the edge of an ancient wood is the perfect setting for a late September holiday. As a group of old friends from university and their families gather to relax and unwind, all are hoping it will be a chance to put the tragic events of the previous year behind them. There were six of them once; now they are are five. Watching the British visitors arrive from her own terrace is Anna Viola, whose family has lived for centuries in the crumbling red-brick farmhouse above Il Vignacce. As a little girl during the war, Anna watched an Englishman arrive at the house, seeking shelter from the Germans. His appearance would change her life for ever; it still haunts the family home she holds in trust for her beloved son Paolo.

Ein Sommer in Ligurien

Ein Sommer in Ligurien

Author: Christobel Kent Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2018

Ein Dorf am Meer und seine GeheimnisseRose ist eine Frau im besten Alter. Leider sieht ihr Mann das nicht so und verlsst sie wegen einer Jngeren. Rose beschliet, sich ein neues Leben aufzubauen. Sie kauft ein Haus an der ligurischen Kste. Gerade als sie sich einzuleben beginnt, wird am Strand die Leiche eines jungen Mdchens gefunden

Die blaue Stunde von Poggio la Fonte

Die blaue Stunde von Poggio la Fonte

Author: Christobel Kent Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2018

Eine Reise in die Toskana verandert ihr Leben. Fnf Freunde, Mitte dreiig, entschlieen sich, gemeinsam Ferien in der Toskana zu machen - um gemeinsam den rtselhaften Selbstmord von Evie, ihrer schnen, flamboyanten, immer gut gelaunten Freundin, zu berwinden. Doch kaum sind sie in dem alten, einsam gelegenen Gehft in den toskanischen Hgeln angekommen, wird deutlich, dass jeder etwas zu verbergen hat und einer von ihnen mehr ber Evies Tod wei, als er zugeben will.

What We Did A gripping, compelling psychological thriller with a nail-biting twist

What We Did A gripping, compelling psychological thriller with a nail-biting twist

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2018

He stole her childhood. She'll take his future What would you do if you accidentally encountered the man who once abused you? And how would you get away with it? Bridget's life is small and safe: she loves her husband, her son and works hard to keep her own business afloat. Then one day her world is changed forever. The music teacher who abused her walks into a shop with the teenager he's clearly grooming. Bridget is sent spiralling back into her past. Anthony begins to stalk Bridget, trying to ensure her silence - until suddenly, she snaps. And now Bridget must find away to deal with the aftermath of her actions...

What We Did A gripping, compelling psychological thriller with a nail-biting twist

What We Did A gripping, compelling psychological thriller with a nail-biting twist

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2018

He stole her childhood. She'll take his future What would you do if you accidentally encountered the man who once abused you? And how would you get away with it? Bridget's life is small and safe: she loves her husband and her son, and she works hard to keep her own business afloat. Until one day, her former violin teacher Anthony Carmichael walks into her shop with the teenager he's clearly grooming. Carmichael begins to stalk Bridget, trying to terrify her into silence. But Bridget is older and stronger now and suddenly, she snaps and fights back. Now Bridget must find a way to deal with the aftermath of her actions... The gripping, compelling and timely new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Loving Husband, The Crooked House and The Day She Disappeared. Perfect for fans of Apple Tree Yard and Lie With Me.

The Day She Disappeared From the bestselling author of The Loving Husband

The Day She Disappeared From the bestselling author of The Loving Husband

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

The gripping, unputdownable new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Loving Husband Your best friend will always be there for you...won't she? Have you ever had that sense that you're being watched? And you turn, suddenly, but it's just a curtain, blowing in the wind? Or the dress hanging in the doorway? Nat knows something's wrong. Her best friend, Beth, would never have upped and left without saying goodbye to her. But no one believes that Beth was taken - she is a fly-by-night, a party girl who can't be trusted. No one's listening to Nat. But someone is definitely watching her...

The Day She Disappeared From the bestselling author of The Loving Husband

The Day She Disappeared From the bestselling author of The Loving Husband

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

The gripping, unputdownable new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Loving Husband 'The escalating fear in this female-in-jeopardy gripper is balanced with real emotional heft' - Sunday Times 'Christobel Kent is developing into a reliably classy purveyor of psychological suspense, and this is her best book yet' - Mail on Sunday Your best friend will always be there for you...won't she? Have you ever had that sense that you're being watched? And you turn, suddenly, but it's just a curtain, blowing in the wind? Or the dress hanging in the doorway? Nat knows something's wrong. Her best friend, Beth, would never have upped and left without saying goodbye to her. But no one believes that Beth was taken - she is a fly-by-night, a party girl who can't be trusted. No one's listening to Nat. But someone is definitely watching her...

Crooked House

Crooked House

Author: Christobel Kent Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2016

Published in the United Kingdom in 2015, Christobel Kent's The Crooked House has drawn comparisons to works by the pantheon of British female literary suspense writers--Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie, P. D. James, and Kate Atkinson. In this darkly atmospheric psychological thriller, she accomplishes what those celebrated writers do best: she creates an insular world (a single house, a small town) where something sinister has occurred, and subtly inflects each page with the toxic residue of violence.Much like the unnamed narrator of Rebecca, Alison lives her life under the radar. She has no ties, no home, and she spends her days at a backroom publishing job. Which is how she wants it. Because Alison used to be a teenager named Esme, who lived in a dilapidated house by a bleak estuary with her parents and three siblings. One night, something unspeakable happened in the house, and Alison emerged the only survivor. In order to escape from the horror she witnessed, she moved away from her village, changed her name, and cut herself off from her past.Only now her boyfriend invites her to a wedding in her old hometown, and she decides that if she's going to have any chance of overcoming the trauma of what happened, she'll have to confront it. But soon Alison realizes that that night's events have left a terrible mark on everyone in the village, and she begins to suspect that they are all somehow implicated in her family's murder.

The Crooked House

The Crooked House

Author: Christobel Kent Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties, no home, a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. She's a nobody; she has no-one and that's how she wants it. But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme Grace, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote and dilapidated house on the edge of a bleak estuary. A girl whose family, if not happy, exactly, was no unhappier than anyone else's - or so she thought. Then one night a terrible thing happened in the crooked house, a nightmare of violence out of which Alison emerged the only witness and sole survivor and from which she has been running ever since. Only when she meets academic Paul Bartlett does Alison realise that if she's to have any chance of happiness, she has to return to her old life and confront the darkness that worked its way inside her family and has pursued her ever since.

Sandro Cellini Mysteries

Sandro Cellini Mysteries

Author: Christobel Kent Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2013

Three sinister crimes in one, set against the backdrop of the the faded decadence and small-town claustrophobia of contemporary Florence'Brooding Italian noir' Independent on Sunday'Suspense, atmosphere, and the architectural beauty of Florence... Fantastic' Irish ExaminerA Time of MourningSandro Cellini - ex-policeman, good husband and newly-minted private detective - is at first unwilling to see any connection between the disappearance of a young English girl from among Florence's hard-drinking community of foreign arts students, and the suicide of an elderly Jewish architect. But as he investigates the circumstances more closely, Sandro's first case turns out to be darker and more complex than he could have imagined...A Fine and Private PlaceJust as Sandro gets to grips with the reality of life as a private detective, an old case comes back to haunt him. As heattempts to uncover the truth of Loni Meadows's violent and lonely death, he finds himself drawn into the lives of the a highly strung arts community and the closed world they inhabit in the Casentino's isolated hillsThe Dead SeasonFlorence's inhabitants have fled to the hills, but Sandro Cellini will not be joining the holidaymakers this year - a man has vanished into thin air, leaving his pregnant wife abandoned. Meanwhile, bankteller Roxana Delfino is trapped in the city heat, worrying for her aging mother and puzzling over the disappearance of one of her regular clients. When the weather finally breaks, it brings with it a shocking revelation.

Dead Season

Dead Season

Author: Christobel Kent Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2013

Every August, Florence shimmers in the summer heat, but this year the heat wave is fiercer than usual and the city's inhabitants have fled to the cool of the hills and beaches of the surrounding countryside. So it is no surprise that amid the shrubbery of a normally busy roundabout, a corpse lies unnoticed, bloating in the humid air. Sandro Cellini, meanwhile, will not be joining the crowds of holidaymakers this year. The former policeman turned private detective has a case: a man who seems to have vanished into thin air, leaving his pregnant young wife alone in the city. Bank teller Roxana Delfino is also stuck in the city for the season with nothing to do but worry about her aging mother and puzzle over the disappearance of one of her regular clients. As all Florence sweats it out, Cellini attempts as best he can to grapple with his case and the complications it throws at him. And when the weather finally breaks, it brings with it a shocking revelation.

Dead Season

Dead Season

Author: Christobel Kent Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2012

';Combines rich atmospherics and fully realized characters in her outstanding mysteries featuring Italian PI Sandro Cellini.' Publishers WeeklyEvery August, Florence shimmers in the summer heat. Butthis year the heatwave is fiercer than usual, and the city'sinhabitants have fled to the cool of the hills and beaches ofthe surrounding countryside. So it is no surprise that amidstthe shrubbery of a normally busy roundabout, a corpse liesunnoticed, bloating in the humid air.Sandro Cellini will not be joining the crowds of holidaymakersthis year. The former policeman turned private detectivehas a case: a man who seems to have vanished into thinairleaving his pregnant young wife alone in the city.As all Florence sweats it out, Cellini attempts as best hecan to grapple with his case and the complications it throwsup. And when the weather finally breaks, it brings with it ashocking revelation . . .

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