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Following the success of The Missing Activist, book one in the Karen Andersen series, which focussed on female Jihadis and bullying within the political party system, Louise Burfitt-Dons‘s The Killing of the Cherrywood MP hits book shelves next month. This time the off-the-wall London PI is let loose to track a Far Right extremist intent on retribution against former ISIS girls.

“In my first book a white convert and recruiter, Zinah al-Rashid, lands herself in prison after a failed terror attempt on the British PM. Readers wanted more of this strong character and so her deradicalisation is the starting point in this story,” explains the author, who was born in Kuwait and exposed to the clash between political and religious ideologies from a young age. “While the book may be fiction, it’s really a mirror to the issues we are facing in Britain 2020.”

Continuing, “Themes of the book include the public’s approach to former supporters of ISIS, the role in social media in facilitating blackmail and inciting murder, and political hypocrisy. Huw Thomas, the ex-Etonian Labour MP for Cherrywood faces deselection from a rapidly growing Islamic constituency unless he promotes extreme sharia principles.”

Reviews have been glowing. ‘Taut, hardboiled, detailed and funny. This is thriller excellence!’  says the convenor of the London Crime Writers Association Charlie Flowers, writer of the Riz Sabir Thrillers series.

Jared Cade, Murder on the London Unground adds: “The Killing of the Cherrywood MP is a tense, vividly-characterised political thriller, with finely nuanced dialogue, that starts off like a hissing, slow-burning fuse that leads inexorably to a climax of heart-pounding suspense.”

The Killing of the Cherrywood MP is a counter-terrorism thriller with action taking place in Syria, Turkey, Frankfurt, Mainz, St. Tropez, London and ‘Cherrywood” in the Midlands.

About the messages within the book Louise says, “Yes, there are thought challenges because it explores extremist thinking. But there are also car chases, casinos and helicopters.  And a love story.

Jared Cade sums this up with, “The book’s greatest strength, in the face of so much adversity, is to leave the reader feeling reassured by the essential goodness and humanity of mankind in rising above the evil perpetrated by lesser mortals.”       he Missing Activist political thriller ISBN 9780953852284

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The Missing Activist political thriller ISBN 9780953852284
Louise Burfitt-Dons is a crime novelist and screenwriter who has worked with producers in the UK and the US.  Recent films include Mother of All Secrets (2018), The Ex Next Door (2019, Lifetime) and Christmas in the Highlands.(2019).  She stood for parliament in the 2015 General Election. In 2001 Louise set up the anti-bullying charity Act Against Bullying.


The Missing Activist featuring London Private Investigator Karen Andersen was her first book in the Karen Andersen series. She lives in Chiswick, West London with her husband Donald.

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