Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
Christie is a mixed-race writer living in Northumberland. Since developing a rare illness as a child, Christie found reading and creating stories to be an escape. In recent years Christie has taken her writing seriously, honing her skills through courses and various brilliant opportunities. Writing crime and psychological thrillers set in her home city is her passion.
Christie is the recipient of the inaugural Joffe Books Prize for Crime Writers of Colour with her debut police procedural series about Detective Beth Fellows, and is currently working on her first standalone thriller.
Detective Chief Inspector Beth Fellows is thrown into the biggest case of her career: the brutal murder of Rose Danes. She quickly realizes Rose’s murder is linked to a cold case she investigated two years previously. The victim, fourteen-year-old Celine Wilson, survived but now languishes in a coma. Both girls were branded with the image of a raven. The only lead is a vague description and a first name. Beth’s convinced it’s the name of the killer. Especially when she receives a mobile phone containing one sole contact, Simon — and a warning to tell no one. Then a key witness is kidnapped and Beth finds herself in a race against time to stop the killer before he can kill again.
She’s breaking all the rules to play his game. But will it be enough?
Winner of the inaugural Joffe Books Prize for Crime Writers of Colour.
‘The Raven’s Mark is the most assured crime debut I have ever read, pacey, authentic and utterly gripping. I can’t wait to see what Christie Newport does next!’
— Lisa Jewell, the bestselling author of Then She Was Gone
‘The writing is so assured, the characterizations so rich and believable, the twisty storyline so gripping and unexpected. Christie Newport is definitely a star on the rise!’
— Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House on the Street
‘Taut, pacy and gritty story that kept me guessing the whole way through.’
— Philippa East, author of Little White Lies and I'll Never Tell
‘A propulsive thriller with a flawed protagonist, a diabolical villain and enough procedural detail to make the setting life-like.’
— Douglas Skelton