THE audiobooks of a series of crime novels is set to be voiced by North East actress, Jill Halfpenny.

The latest of the DSI Billie Wilde novels, by Marrisse Whittaker, is The Mad-Hatter Murders.

Mrs Whittaker said: "DSI Billie Wilde’s romantic relationship is intense—but it’s nothing compared to the pressure of her latest case, especially since the new chief of police is gunning for her squad. If they don’t get a handle on a series of deaths—that seem to have a connection to Alice in Wonderland—they could wind up being demoted. And the identity of one of the victims has made things devastatingly personal for Billie.

"In search of clues, she ends up working closely with PI Ellis Darque, who is working undercover. But as she works to sort out what’s going on behind the scenes, she starts to feel like she’s gone through the looking-glass herself."

This chilling police procedural by the author of The Magpie, finalist for the Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction, is a compelling tale filled with complex motives, tangled mysteries, and surprises.

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