The Appeal is the Waterstones Thriller of the Month!

01 July 2021

***Now a Top 5 Sunday Times Bestseller!***

We are thrilled to reveal that the incredible, innovative crime novel THE APPEAL by Janice Hallett has been crowned the Waterstones Thriller of the Month!

The Waterstones exclusive edition includes the first chapter from Janice’s next book, THE TWYFORD CODE – order yours here.



In a town full of secrets…
Someone was murdered.
Someone went to prison.
And everyone’s a suspect.
Can you uncover the truth?


‘This dazzlingly clever cosy crime novel completely trumps Richard Osman. A modern Agatha Christie’ – SUNDAY TIMES

‘This is a case you’re about to become obsessed with. A triumph’ – ALEX NORTH

‘Gripping. I loved the ambitious and unusual approach’ – SOPHIE HANNAH

Dear Reader – enclosed are all the documents you need to solve a case. It starts with the arrival of two mysterious newcomers to the small town of Lockwood, and ends with a tragic death.

Someone has already been convicted of this brutal murder and is currently in prison, but we suspect they are innocent. What’s more, we believe far darker secrets have yet to be revealed.

Throughout the Fairway Players’ staging of All My Sons and the charity appeal for little Poppy Reswick’s life-saving medical treatment, the murderer hid in plain sight. Yet we believe they gave themselves away. In writing. The evidence is all here, between the lines, waiting to be discovered.

Will you accept the challenge? Can you uncover the truth?


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