Louise Burfitt-Dons - a former playwright - is now a crime writer. Her political thriller THE MISSING ACTIVIST (New Century) was published on 5th June 2018 and made the Amazon bestseller lists. Her influences and favourite authors include Vince Flynn, John Le Carre, Ian Fleming, John Grisham, James Paterson, Tana French, Martina Cole, Jeffrey Archer, Mark Dawson, Daphne du Maurier, Doris Lessing, Agatha Christie. It is the first in a series.
The series features protagonist Karen Andersen, a private investigator who is elevated to working for the Home Office and MI5 when she uncovers a female British-born Jihadi bride recruiter planning in secret to become a lethal assassin of the UK Prime Minister on behalf of Isis. She arrived at this point after searching for a missing political activist who she believes has become the target of a serial killer working within the political establishment.
Her second novel in the series THE KILLING OF THE CHERRYWOOD MP (New Century) published March 2020 continues the story and delves into the contemporary issues of terrorism involving extremists from the Far Right and their counterparts on the extreme left. Her books have conspiratorial elements and themes through and cover sub-genre categories including assassination thriller, suspense thriller, political thriller, crime thriller, mystery and soft-boiled elements of comic crime and spy fiction typical of authors such as Janet Evanovich and new British talent such as Robert Lewis, Charlie Williams, Malcolm Pryce, Chris Ewan, Declan Burke and Len Tyler.
She has stood as a political candidate in the UK but also has a keen interest in geopolitics. She was born and brought up in the Middle East and the battle between the political and religious ideologies which is causing so many of the problems today is something she has experienced and writes about. Her writing explores multi-cultural and diversity and she has lived in France, Australia and travelled extensively.
She also writes screenplays and telemovies in the thriller genre such as Kidnapped to the Island, Mother of All Secrets, Your Husband is Mine, The Ex Next Door all of which have been aired on the Lifetime Movie Network. She is a member of the Crime Writers Association. Film influences include Fatal Attraction, The Talented Mr Ripley, The House of Card, and the Danish financial crime thriller Follow the Money.
She wrote stage plays under Louise Byres and some have been published on Amazon such as A CHRISTMAS RIDDLE. She wrote the original monologues ACT AGAINST BULLYING (New Century) and set up a children's charity in the same name in 2003. She occasionally blogs and speaks in debates on social and political issues such as feminism exploring both sides of this important contemporary issues which is why she wrote MODERATING FEMINISM (New Century).
She lives in London with her husband of thirty-seven years and has two daughters and one granddaughter.
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"Intense and teasing"Vine Voice
"Authentic and gripping political thriller"The Conservative Woman
Post-Referendum Britain and a country on high alert for terrorist attacks.
When a young political activist disappears in London, an off-the-wall PI Karen Andersen is put on the case. She uncovers secrets of a party system which prizes loyalty above truth, a serial killer and a female Jihadi plotting deadly revenge on the British Government.
"A behind-the-scenes twisty political thriller and bullying story of poignancy and compassion. The author has had experience of both having been a national candidate during the 2015 General Election as well as the founder of an anti-bullying charity during the scandal which rocked the Tories after the tragic death of a young activist later that year." LBC
If you were a fan of Lisbeth Salander, you will love her British counterpart Karen Andersen.
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The Killing of the Cherrywood MP is the brilliant second book in the lauded Karen Andersen political thriller series by Louise Burfitt-Dons. In this fast-paced and gripping novel P I Andersen is once again immersed in the world of radical extremism in Britain and about to learn it's as complicated as it's deadly.