Local Author Jill Johnson Unveils Thrilling Sequel ‘Hell’s Bells’ in Brighton

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Local author Jill Johnson is celebrating the launch of her second book in The Professor Eustacia Rose Mysteries series, Hells Bells, with a special event in her hometown, Brighton.

The eccentric and intriguing Professor Eustacia Rose is back to solve another murder using her extensive knowledge of botany in Hell’s Bells, the tantalizing sequel to applauded Devil’s Breath, which will be released on July 11.

The first in Jill Johnson’s series was loved by well-known names such as actor and comedian, Ben Miller, and New York Times bestselling author, Julia Fellowes. Jill’s new novel, Hell’s Bells, is set to thrill readers once more with its gripping tale of murder, mystery and intrigue.

To mark the occasion, a book launch party will be held at Waterstones in Brighton with Jill, who will interviewed by author and editor Ezri Carlebach. The event will take place on July 9, from 7 to 9pm.

Jill Johnson said of the book launch, “I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming Hell’s Bells into the world in my hometown of Brighton. I do hope that fans of Professor Eustacia Rose will join me as we mark the occasion and come along and ask a question or two.

“It gives me such joy to write, and marrying this with my love of plants in my books has been an incredible process for me. It will be a truly special moment to reach the milestone of Hell’s Bells being published. I have always been fascinated by plants – from helping my mum grow strawberries and radishes in our gardens to studying for a degree in horticulture and design, inspiration for my writing has come from the many fascinating and incredible plants I have had the joy of learning about.”

The sequel makes a welcome return for Eustacia Rose, whose life is beginning to return to normal: she is back teaching at UCL and her relationship with Matilde is blossoming. But, when a man is found dead with a needle in his neck, that fragile peace begins to crumble. At an exhibition, Eustacia finds a painting of herself with a syringe next to her neck and discovers that there are other people who seem to know more about the killing than they are letting on.

The threat around Eustacia only increases as a PhD student begins to stalk and harass her to gain access to her poisonous plant collection. After Eustacia continually refuses, he contacts a lab that is illegally selling synthetic plant toxins but turns up dead shortly after. As the body count rises, Eustacia has no choice but to investigate the deaths in earnest.

However, murders aren’t the only thing on her mind: interactions with a new detective have caused tension with Matilde that Eustacia has no idea how to resolve. What’s more, run-ins with a mysterious white-haired women are making her recall long-buried memories. Eustacia must solve the mysteries of her past, and this case, if she wants to escape from this toxic situation unscathed.

Hell’s Bells will be published in hardback by Black & White Publishing on July 11, 2024.

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Tickets for the book launch event can be purchased here.

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