New Release from Mary Grand – The House Party

It is my great pleasure to bring you news of Mary Grand’s new release, The House Party. I have followed Mary’s writing journey with great interest and was delighted to learn recently that she had signed with Boldwood Books.

Thank you so much Pam for inviting me onto your wonderful blog. I love and admire your novels so much and so it is a real privilege to be invited on here.

Exciting times for you, Mary. Tell us a little about The House Party.

At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious ‘grand design’, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth that she is terrified of one of their close friends, but daren’t reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous.

The next day Kathleen’s body is found at the foot of a cliff and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beth’s decides to seek answers.

All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe…

The House Party – Setting

These are some of the historical sites referenced in “The House Party”.

The geography of Beth’s village is based on island village of Carisbrooke. She visits Carisbrooke Castle, famous for its prisoner Charles 1st and the medieval church which was once a Benedictine monastery.

Another important location is Freshwater Bay, where Victorian poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson lived. It is the site of a murder and tense cliff top walks.

Close to Beth’s home is the island prison which has a deeply disturbing history as a prison for children. Beth has a dark secret related to the modern prison on this site.


Mary Grand is the author of four novels and two anthologies of short stories, and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel, The House Party, which was published by Boldwood on July 21st, is set.

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