Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
Debrah Martin (writing as Lily Stuart)
Debrah Martin plots fast-paced thrillers as D.B. Martin, as Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction, and as Lily Stuart she is THE teen detective.
Debrah’s past careers have spanned two businesses, teaching, business networking and social event management. She chaired a literary festival in 2014 and also mentors new writers.
Her website is www.debrahmartin.co.uk
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debrah Martin writes under three different pen names and in three very different genres. She plots fast-paced and compelling thrillers as D.B. Martin, with the first in the Patchwork trilogy, Patchwork Man, having been recently awarded a coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion. The explosive conclusion to the series, Patchwork Pieces, was released on 13th April 2015. As Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction, where often the truth IS stranger than fiction, and two new titles are due to be released in 2015/16. And not to be overlooked is her YA teen detective series, penned as Lily Stuart – THE teen detective. Irreverent, blunt, funny and vulnerable. Webs is the first in the series, with Magpies released in Summer 2015.
So why not stick to just one name and one genre?
‘Variety is the spice of life,’ she says. ‘And I continually have all these new ideas – they have to come out somehow!’
Debrah’s past careers have spanned two businesses, teaching, running business networking for the University of Winchester (UK) and social event management. She chaired the Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival in 2014 and also mentors new writers.
You can find out about all of her books and latest releases on her website www.debrahmartin.co.uk
THE teenage detective is back – and looking for trouble …
Or rather trouble’s looking for her. They find each other in the series of little mysteries that start cropping up as soon as Lily’s back at school after her brush with death, and meets the new boy, Si. He’s different – like Lily is now, with her occasional narcolepsy and frequent inclination to investigate everything.
But whereas Lily watches and works things out, Si blurts it all out at the wrong time and in the wrong way. He has Tourettes. He also has a way with rhymes; one in particular that increasingly makes sense to Lily as the mysteries mount up and a gang of drug pushers target the school and her friends with potentially lethal consequences.
One for sorrow, two for joy …
But joy is no longer a girl’s name nor the opposite of sad, and the magpies the rhyme is about are not just black and white birds that like stealing treasure. They’re far more deadly than that…
Magpies was my first Lily Stuart mystery novel but it won't be my last! Lily Stuart is a teenage detective who like most teens struggles to fit in with her peers. Magpies hits the ground running with a gang murder being committed to intimidate a new gang member. Lily is the daughter of a policeman and her detective work finds her trying to unravel the mystery behind a new street drug. Lily finds herself much closer to the mystery than she ever expected and she also finds out you can't always trust your friends. It is very refreshing to find a YA book which doesn't have the same worn out "girl meets boy" story line. Magpies cleverly used lines from the classic children's rhyme about the Magpies to unfold a seriously thrilling mystery. Written for young adults but anyone who loves a good mystery will appreciate Magpies. The writing has a very British, Agatha Christie feel! I'm looking forward to more Lily Stuart mysteries!
“Magpies” weaves together several different perspectives to create a compelling mystery for its heroine, Lily, to solve; her bright, funny voice brings the story to life. Lily is recovering from being briefly dead, after a harrowing incident with the last mystery she solved; the aftereffects have left her with “absence seizures,” which means she spaces out for a bit and loses patches of time. When she returns to school, she has to deal not only with that, but with navigating the angst of teenage life (liking a boy who “belongs” to someone else, a best friend who isn’t really) and with a broken home. Her story is alternated with the stories of three others—a boy who is being bullied and blackmailed into dealing drugs for a gang, and a young brother and sister who are being bullied into stealing for that same gang. Eventually, how the stories are all connected begins to come clear, and the reader is just as engaged in the mystery as Lily is…. Lily has a very distinctive narrative voice and a knack for making witty, sometimes wry observations about her friends and school life. I liked how resilient she is—her situation is tough, but she doesn’t mope about it, and approaches everything with grace and humor. Her relationships with her friends and her crush are relatable, and I especially enjoyed one of her classmates’ interpretations of Jane Eyre as a legless governess. But what I liked most about “Magpies” is how well the everyday dramas of Lily’s life mesh with the more dramatic, gritty parts of the novel (Terry threatening the children, for instance); it’s a contrast that heightens the darkness and danger of the gang and what it can do to someone’s life. Recommended to readers who enjoy mysteries in general; while it’s marked as YA, I think adults would like it as well.