Sarah Fortune, lawyer and professional mistress, returns in an intriguing mystery.
Sarah Fortune inherited her flat from one of her many lovers. Now a son has appeared claiming it is his, morally if not strictly legally, and he is using illegal means to persuade Sarah to give it up: abusive letters threatening her personal harm. As it becomes more difficult to ignore these missives, Sarah comes across Henry, a timid, lonely man whose upstairs neighbour is using every trick in the racketeer landlord's book to make him leave his home: litter in the shared hallway, continual noise, poison set out for his cat. It seems that if they swap accommodation for a while they may be able to deal with each other's problems. But these two strangers have unknown connections in common: a well-meaning widow, a struggling therapist, and a man who sets fire to other people's property for a living ...
A sardonic and unusual piece. - DAILY EXPRESS
Fyfield is on fine form in this gripping psychological thriller. - DAILY MIRROR
A tense, atmospheric read, crackling with the static of paranoia. Fyfield's characters are not safe within their homes because they are not safe within themselves, and it is this depth of characterisation, coupled with moral ambivalence, that sets her work apart from other crime fiction. - GUARDIAN
SAFER THAN HOUSES is a deeply satisfying read... powerfully drawn characters and compelling tension. - INDEPENDENT
Frances Fyfield has spent much of her professional life practising as a criminal lawyer, work which has informed her highly acclaimed crime novels. She has been the recipient of both the Gold and Silver Crime Writers' Association Daggers. She is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4, most recently as the presenter of the series 'Tales from the Stave'. She lives in London and in Deal, overlooking the sea which is her passion.