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Villains in Venice



I know it’s been a long wait but the third book in the Taylor & Rose Secret Agents series is finally here… and readers can find out what happened after the big cliffhanger at the end of Spies in St Petersburg!

I’m very excited that Villains in Venice is now out in the world! I celebrated in the garden with a Venetian-inspired feast, including this very sparkly golden bottle of prosecco. Here’s a little more about the book, which once again is illustrated by the brilliant Karl James Mountford:

Get set for another incredible adventure with secret agents extraordinaire, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose!

After the dramatic events of their mission to St Petersburg, Sophie and Lil know the truth – there’s a double-agent at work at the Secret Service Bureau. Whilst Lil pursues a dangerous line of enquiry in London, Sophie must set out on a new mission to Venice, following a twisted trail to discover long-buried secrets. But there are villains lurking amongst the city’s piazzas, canals and crumbling palaces, and in the shadows an old enemy lies in wait…

If you’re in the UK you can buy the book  from Waterstones,  The Hive , Blackwells, Foyles or Amazon — or of course your favourite local independent bookshop. It’s been a really tough few months for bookshops, so it’s a great time to support your local bookseller and help keep them on our high streets (if you want to find out more about independent bookshops in your area, have a look here).

To celebrate Villains in Venice a blog tour took place throughout publication week – check out the links to catch up below.

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Thank you so much to the brilliant bloggers who took part in the tour!

If you’d like to find out more about the book, you can also have a listen to my chat with Lucas Maxwell over at the Booklings Chat podcast; or catch up on my Instagram Stories where you’ll find a special photo tour of Venice, which I shared on publication day.

There’s also this wonderful thread on Twitter in which illustrator Karl J Mountford talks about the artwork he created for Villains in Venice and the other Taylor & Rose Secret Agents books. Of course you can also check out my Villains in Venice Pinterest board for lots more sources of visual inspiration for the book – and stay tuned for a post on the historical background to the book, coming here soon.

Lockdown Children’s LitFest

This week I was delighted to take part in Catherine Millar’s brilliant Lockdown Children’s Litfest. You can listen to her live-streamed interview with me above – be warned, it’s a rather long one, but I really enjoyed Catherine’s thoughtful questions and taking part in such a wide-ranging chat.

Do check out the Facebook page for lots more intereviews with children’s authors and illustrators, and look out for more interviews coming each week.

The Book of Hopes


I’m so delighted to be one of the authors and illustrators included in this wonderful collection – The Book of Hopes, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books and available free to download from the National Literacy Trust. Containing stories, poems and illustrations to make you feel hopeful and joyful, it’s the brainchild of amazing author Katherine Rundell, and includes an incredible line-up of contributors.

My contribution ‘The Green Road’ is inspired by the walk I do every morning, which never fails to make me feel more hopeful.

Find out more and download the book here

Access some resources for schools to support The Book of Hopes

New video for Waterstones GoldenTime

This week, I was delighted to be one of the children’s authors taking part in Waterstones #GoldenTime. Visit the @Waterstones Twitter account for videos with different children’s writers or illustrators each day. Here I am reading from Peril in Paris .

Find out more about Peril in Paris or buy the book from Waterstones here.

New video: Spies in St Petersburg

Check out this new video as part of Egmont’s #14Stories14Days initiative – a short reading from Spies in St Petersburg. Follow @EgmontUK on Twitter or check out the 14 Stories 14 Days website for lots more book-related content, activities and resources


Find out more about Spies in St Petersburg or buy the book  from Waterstones | The Hive | Amazon | or from your local bookshop