Today the HoZ team is celebrating.  Our brilliant author Lesley Thomson is currently number 1 in the digital charts with her haunting novel, The Detective’s Daughter.


'Skillfully evokes the era and slow-moving childhood summers ... A study of memory and guilt with several twists', Guardian.

“Lesley Thomson is a class above”-  Ian Rankin.


Kate Rokesmith’s decision to go to the river, that hot July day of 1981, changed the lives of many.

Her four-year-old son, traumatised, lost his memory and his speech. Her architect husband, although cleared of her murder, never worked in London again. And Detective Inspector Darnell, obsessed with solving this unsolvable crime, began to ignore his only daughter. The young Stella Darnell grew to hate the dead Kate Rokesmith. Before long, she grew to hate her father, too.

Now, thirty years later, Stella is dutifully sorting through her father’s attic after his sudden death. The Rokesmith case papers are in a corner, gathering dust: DI Darnell must have copied them when he retired from the force. Stella knows she should destroy them.

Instead, she picks up a pen, and starts to read.