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An evening with Joanna Wallace

16 July @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re thrilled to welcome Joanna Wallace, back to West Kirby, to celebrate the publication of her second novel, THE DEAD FRIEND PROJECT

Calling all crime fiction fans! We are delighted to welcome author of the incredible, YOU’D LOOK BETTER AS A GHOST back to West Kirby, to celebrate the publication of her second novel, THE DEAD FRIEND PROJECT.

Join us on Tuesday 16 July, 7pm, when Joanna will be reading from the book, before chatting to Jordan from the bookshop, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of THE DEAD FRIEND PROJECT .

Tickets are £6 standard admission/ £20 inc. a copy of THE DEAD FRIEND PROJECT and complimentary drinks will be provided. Tickets are non-refundable but if you can’t make it to the event and would like a signed/dedicated copy of the book please let us know via email, hello@thewestkirbybookshop.com.

This event is being held at The West Kirby Bookshop, 6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA.

We look forward to seeing you there!


‘A fresh new voice in crime fiction’ – JANICE HALLETT
‘Funny, sad, witty and very engaging’ – EMMA CURTIS
‘Darkly funny and deftly plotted’ – ALICE CLARK-PLATTS

The new gripping and witty thriller from the author of YOU’D LOOK BETTER AS A GHOST, winner of the Crime Fiction Lover Best Debut Novel 2023.

Everyone needs a hobby…

Things haven’t been going well for Beth. Her husband has left her for one of her friends. Her fellow school mums judge her for swearing too much and not shifting the baby weight. And now she’s stuck in A&E after her son fell off the climbing wall on the first day of school.

In fact, things haven’t been going well for Beth since Charlotte died – her best friend, a favourite at the school pick-ups and the only person to ever run an interesting PTA meeting. But after being hit by a car while on an ill-timed evening jog, Charlotte is no longer there to help Beth pick up the pieces of her increasingly difficult life.

That is, until Beth discovers that Charlotte left her toddler alone in the house during that fatal run. The Charlotte she knew would never do something so irresponsible, and suddenly Beth is questioning whether Charlotte’s death was really an accident. With a newfound purpose and a glass of wine in hand, it’s time for Beth to uncover what really happened to her best friend. And what better place to start than the circle of chatty school mums, who can’t be as perfect as they pretend. But which of them is hiding something? Beth’s determined to find out. Once she’s put the kids to bed, of course…


Joanna Wallace studied Law at Birmingham University before working as a commercial litigation solicitor in London. She now runs a family business and lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, four children and dog. She was partly inspired to write You’d Look Better as a Ghost, her debut, following her father’s diagnosis of early onset dementia. Joanna’s second novel, The Dead Friend Project, will be published in 2024.


16 July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The West Kirby Bookshop
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The West Kirby Bookshop
6 Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HA
West Kirby, CH48 4HA GB
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