If, like me, you follow Claire Dyer, you may have seen some teasers on social media over the last couple of weeks for an exciting new book. Today, I’m thrilled to give you the full cover and details.
I can’t believe it’s three years since I interviewed Claire Dyer about her novel The Last Day and reviewed it here on Linda’s Book Bag. More recently, I read and adored Claire Dyer’s poetry collection Yield that I reviewed here, and so it gives me enormous pleasure to help launch Claire’s latest writing The Significant Others of Odie May. The Significant Others of Odie May is Claire’s first crime fiction with a touch of magical realism and I simply cannot wait to read it.
The Significant Others of Odie May will be published by Matador on 28th July 2021 and is available for pre-order here.
The Significant Others of Odie May
Any one of them could have murdered her… but who did?
On the night Odie May and her married lover are due to celebrate him leaving his wife, Odie goes out to buy a bottle of his favourite wine and, on her way home, is murdered by a woman in a lime green coat.
The next thing Odie knows is that she’s in a waiting room and there’s a man called Carl Draper saying he’s her Initial Contact. He is carrying a clipboard and invites her into an interview room.
Over the course of her interview, Carl and Odie track back to the significant others in her life to date to try and work out where she’s gone wrong, who might have killed her, and why.
In the meantime, Carl also shows Odie what’s happening in the life she’s left behind as her mother and her lover, Michael, learn of her death and manage the tricky days that follow it.
But nothing is as simple as it seems. Although Carl has it in his power to return Odie to the moment before she was killed, this comes at a price she may not be able to pay.
Now, doesn’t that sound just brilliant?
About Claire Dyer
Claire Dyer’s novels The Moment and The Perfect Affair, and her short story, Falling For Gatsby, are published by Quercus. The Last Day is published by The Dome Press.
Her poetry collections, Interference Effects, Eleven Rooms and Yield are published by Two Rivers Press. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and teaches creative writing.
She also runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service.