Friday, September 30, 2016

Devil's Work and the Coffee, Gin and Tonic Cocktail

All the way from the UK, Mark Edwards, bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies, matches his new psychological thriller with the perfect drink. 

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.
What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job…before it kills her.

Why this drink goes perfectly with my book...

The Devil’s Work is a psychological thriller set in an 'office from hell’ in London.

Drinks are an important part of work culture in the UK. We spend the day downing endless cups of tea and coffee. The office tea and coffee round is, in fact, a great source of tension. We’re expected to take it in turns to make hot drinks for our whole team, but there’s always somebody who’s happy to drink but not take a turn making. Attempts to opt out of the daily round can lead to accusations that you’re not a team player.

After work, we go to the pub with our co-workers. Here, you’re expected to buy a round and most important team bonding takes place at the bar.

What drink could be more British than gin? I chose a British brand of gin, Hendricks, and added tonic to make it more refreshing and sociable.

Gin is also known as mother’s ruin - which is exactly what The Devil’s Work is about. A mum who returns to work after an extended break and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. Someone is trying to ruin her life…

The killer ingredient in this cocktail is coffee. My main character, Sophie, is young, metropolitan and always in need of a caffeine kick. Coffee is her daytime drink of choice.

So here we have the perfect blend for a work-based thriller. And it tastes a lot better than it sounds!

And here's how you can make your own...

Coffee and Gin & Tonic Cocktail

Fill the glass in this order:

Plenty of ice (a good G&T needs to crunch!)
25ml of gin (I used a British gin, Hendricks)
25ml of espresso coffee
Fill the glass with tonic water (approx 75ml)



  1. This book sounds terrific and I can't wait to read it. I'm not sure about the drink though but I will trust Mark that it is indeed better than it sounds!