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Three book deal for Leeds Trinity creative writing PhD student

Posted on 01 September 2017

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A Leeds Trinity Creative Writing PhD student who struggles with severe depression is launching her third crime novel after securing a three-book publishing deal.

Liz Mistry (53) published her first two books Unquiet Souls, and Uncoiled Lies, selling more than 50,000 copies, soon after completing her MA in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University last year. Having experienced mental health and depression for over a decade, even the thought of going back to University resulted in anxiety and panic attacks for Liz.

Now working towards a PhD, Liz has received a three-book deal from publishing house Bloodhound Books. She is launching Untainted Blood at Waterstones Bradford on Tuesday 5th September at 6.30pm.

She said: "It's still a bit scary to realise that last July I was sitting on tenterhooks waiting for the response to Unquiet Souls and now, barely a year later I'm waiting for book three to be released. I've worked hard over the last year and am taking advantage of the chance I've been given. I suppose you could say I'm making up for lost time after being so badly incapacitated with my mental health."

Untainted Blood is the third in a gritty police procedure series which follows Detective Inspector Gus McGuire in Bradford. In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.

However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternative lifestyles and delivers his own form of torture.

As DI Gus McGuire's team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus. Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?

The book launch will be hosted by Martyn Bedford, novelist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University. Martyn said: "I'm delighted by Liz Mistry's richly deserved success. She was a stellar student on the MA in Creative Writing, producing the first two books in her brilliant D.I. McGuire series and securing a publishing deal during her time with us.

"Untainted Blood confirms her emergence as an exciting new voice in UK crime fiction and adds to the growing list of our graduates whose fiction and poetry has been published, cementing Leeds Trinity's reputation as a centre of excellence in creative writing. I'm also thrilled that Liz is returning to us this month to begin a PhD in Creative Writing." 

Unquiet Souls and Uncoiled Lies have received Amazon gold stars for being in the top 100-selling police procedural kindle books, and Unquiet Souls is currently Number 1 in the free Kindle charts.

Untainted Blood will be available to purchase for 99p (for a short time only) on Amazon Kindle, and £8.99 in paperback. ​