Meet DS Louisa Townsend: Feisty. Fearless. Vulnerable. And miles away from home.

Detective Sergeant Louisa Townsend is the feisty female protagonist in my new crime thriller, Food of Ghosts, which is set on the tiny coral atoll of South Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati.  To celebrate the books’s launch on Thursday at Blackwell’s, we’re giving away a signed paperback and a digital e-copy of the thriller.  All you have to do to win is answer the following: where in the UK is Detective Sergeant Louisa Townsend’s home? The names of all those who get the right answer will go in a hat on Friday the 9th and two lucky winners will be picked :o) Good luck!

“Set against an exotic backdrop, this thriller has a complex heroine who’s as fragile as she is feisty – and who must tackle culture clashes and family ties as well as crime if she’s to survive…”
Karen Campbell

Food of Ghosts is a crime thriller set on a tiny coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific, where nothing seems to happen. Then a mutilated body is discovered. Detective Sergeant Louisa Townsend from the UK is on the island at the time. She is asked to lead the murder investigation. She jumps at the chance to be in charge but that’s before she realises there’s no forensics on Tarawa and no one appears to tell the truth. A second body is found and a third death looks suspicious. For the first time in her life Louisa worries she may be out of her depth.

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15 Responses to Meet DS Louisa Townsend: Feisty. Fearless. Vulnerable. And miles away from home.

  1. Adrienne Allan says:

    The display looks great Marianne. Having the word “food” in red really makes it stand out. The paragraph above has really hooked me in and I can’t wait to find out how the story unfolds. See you on Thursday. XX

  2. She’s from Edinburgh!

    Looking forward to Thursday!

  3. john gray says:

    I’ll go for edinburgh. I intend to make it on thursday, I hear the tickets are going fast.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Thanks for guess!
      The tickets have gone! But Ann Landman at Blackwells says they will not turn anyone away, so if you don’t have a ticket don’t worry, just come 🙂

  4. David Greenhill says:

    I think she is from Edinburgh,
    Hope to see you on thurs.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Thanks, David. Your guess goes in the hat. Just to say, if you don’t have a ticket yet, they have all gone but I have been promised no one will get turned away!
      Look forward to meeting you 🙂

  5. Jolanta Krolik says:

    I know she is from Edinburgh.
    Looking forward to meeting you on thursday, hopefully.

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Your guess goes in the hat for the draw! And just to say again, if you don’t have a ticket yet, don’t worry! I have been promised that no one will be turned away 🙂 Look forward to meeting you too:o)

  6. Colin Orr says:


  7. Adrienne Allan says:

    As her father is from Leith in Edinburgh I would say that Louisa is from Edinburgh as well. Looking forward to reading about her! XX

  8. Marianne Wheelaghan says:

    Congratulations to Jolanta Krolic and Colin Orr – you are our winners! Well done!
    The hard copy and e-copy of Food of Ghosts are making their way to you respectively.

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