Alex Brightsmith


Alex Brightsmith was born and raised in Bedfordshire and defies anyone who was not to point it out on a map. Bedfordshire has been claimed (or rejected) by at least five bordering regions, and its lasting legacies have been a resistance to categorisation and a fondness for sprouts.
Alex currently lives in Birmingham, commutes reluctantly, gardens and bakes erratically, and writes emotionally engaging, carefully plotted thrillers, fantasy and flash fiction.

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Find the Lady
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 70,550. Language: British English. Published: January 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Who is the girl currently calling herself Kathryn Blake? Where does she come from and . . . where does she belong? To her potential employer, collecting statements about this troublesome asset, one thing is clear: this lady is never the lady you expect her to be, she is the pea under the thimble, the grinning queen who was never in the pack.
Hare and Hounds
Price: Free! Words: 3,260. Language: British English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » General
A brief standalone return for Kathryn Blake, packaged with teaser material for the forthcoming novel Find the Lady. In Hare and Hounds we find Kathryn in her natural element - which is to say, on the run.
Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: British English. Published: July 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Kathryn Blake, injured in her attempt to contact her embedded colleague Daniel Thwaite, seems only to have added to his problems, and he finds less reassurance than perhaps he should in her reminder that she is more sinister than she looks . . .
Viennese Waltz
Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 86,680. Language: British English. Published: January 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Action
She is, only and always, Kate, and she has not come to Vienna for the dancing. But caught between a Department that distrusts her and an adversary who knows her immediately for one of his own, Kate – traceuse, pickpocket and cat burglar – finds that Vienna is always about dancing, and that the dance is in her blood.
Pair of Knaves
Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: British English. Published: January 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A pair of ultra short stories, almost flash fiction, exploring the murky, ambiguous world of Kathryn Blake through the eyes of two of her associates.

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beginnings    cloak and dagger    enigma    female lead    flash fiction    mystery    run    short story    spies    spy    suspense    thriller    twist   

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Smashwords book reviews by Alex Brightsmith

  • The Lives and Loves of Hana Lee on May 18, 2014

    I ducked reviewing this book for a long time because the reasons that I didn’t love it absolutely have a lot more to do with me as a reader than with the book. It’s inventive, compelling and beautifully written – so much so that I read it and enjoyed it despite my prudish tendency to scud through sex scenes as if I’m peering through my fingers at the gory parts of a horror movie. And there is a lot of sex, plot-relevant, and hardly unexpected to anyone who has read the blurb, but sadly not my cup of tea. Sadly, because this is a well-told tale, and exuberantly imaginative, though for me it felt a little uneven with some tantalisingly unexplored strands and ideas.
  • Marriage by Mistake on May 18, 2014

    I picked this book up last July, way outside my comfort zone, and I loved it unreservedly. Neatly overcoming my commonest objections to romance with a tarnished female lead set on winning a man who is actually worth winning, and an ingenious impediment to her success that is both genuine (if unlikely) and genuinely overcome without once making me shout ‘just bloody talk to one another’ at the screen (I am not a romance reader), this might be light but it’s completely engaging, and I’m not ashamed to give it five stars for excellence of its type.
  • Bob Moore: No Hero on May 18, 2014

    This is a comic fantasy that never abandons narrative sense for a cheap laugh. In a neatly and comprehensibly imagined world superheroes are an accepted fact of life, but life goes on, and normal people also have stories to tell.
  • Worlds Unseen on May 18, 2014

    Set in an evocatively imagined, not quite Victorian, world of steam trains, swordsticks and strange abilities, a compelling cast begins to come together.