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Elly Griffiths's Harbinder Kaur Mysteries Books in Order

The Stranger Diaries

Clare Cassidy, a high school English teacher, specializes in the works of R. M. Holland, a gothic writer. She's particularly engrossed by Holland’s story “The Stranger.”

Clare’s life takes a horrifying turn when a colleague is found murdered with a note from Holland’s tale beside the body. As the police investigate, it appears the killer might be someone Clare knows.

Seeking solace and a space for her thoughts, Clare writes in her personal diary. But her anxiety spikes when she discovers unfamiliar handwriting in her journal with a message: “Hallo Clare. You don’t know me.”

As events unfold, Clare begins to fear that the story is becoming all too real. The lines between fiction and reality blur as Clare races to prevent another tragedy. The novel is a thrilling blend of mystery and gothic horror, examining the dark sides of stories and those who pen them.


Praise for The Stranger Diaries…

‘At once a homage to the Gothic thriller, and a re-imagining, it is goose-bump spooky, smart, and haunting, in every sense. I loved this book! And you will too’ –Louise Penny

“Utterly bewitching. This atmospheric, intricate thriller, a pitch-perfect modern Gothic, chilled my blood and warmed my heart. As unforgettable as it is original.” –A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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The death of a nonagenarian with a heart ailment shouldn't raise eyebrows. Indeed, when Natalka, Peggy Smith’s caretaker, reports her death, Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur initially dismisses any foul play.

Yet, Natalka had a peculiar observation to share: while sorting Peggy's belongings, she stumbled upon a collection of crime novels, each personally dedicated to Peggy. More intriguingly, every psychological thriller carried an enigmatic note: PS: for PS.

The plot thickens when an intruder attempts to steal one of these books, and its author meets a tragic fate soon after. This series of events nudges Kaur to reconsider Peggy's demise.

From literary gatherings in Aberdeen to Edinburgh's bustling lanes, writers are being targeted. As Kaur journeys across Europe to unravel the mystery, she contemplates the eerie accuracy with which authors craft their fictional crimes.

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