Win a Rolex watch worth £5000

To celebrate publication of the exceptional new thriller Maestra by L.S. Hilton on 10 March, we’re offering one lucky person the chance to win a Rolex watch worth £5000. Just head over to to find out how to enter and to learn more about the most shocking novel you’ll read this year . . .



News just in: Film deal for Zaffre’s first acquisition

We’re enormously excited to announce that our first acquisition, Maestra by L.S. Hilton, has been signed up in a major Hollywood film deal.

The novel is a dark and gripping thriller, and has been described by a leading international publisher as “an erotic Talented Mr Ripley” and by a Hollywood magazine as “the hot book on the street . . . a sexy thriller with a Gone Girl vibe”.

Read on for more information – Maestra will publish in January 2016 in paperback and ebook.

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars – although her work there pales against her activities on nights off.
When Judith stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she is fired before she can expose the fraud. In desperation, she accepts an offer from one of the bar’s clients to accompany him to the French Riviera. But when an ill-advised attempt to slip him sedatives has momentous consequences, Judith finds herself on the run.
Now alone and in danger, all Judith has to rely on is her consummate ability to fake it amongst the rich and famous – and her inside knowledge of the hugely lucrative art fraud that triggered her dismissal.
Set in the exotic palazzi and yachts of Europe’s seriously wealthy, Maestra is a shockingly original thriller. With a heroine as wickedly perceptive as Amy Dunne and as dangerous as Lisbeth Salander, this marks the beginning of a razor-sharp sequence of novels that will have readers around the world holding their breath.
L.S. Hilton is a writer and journalist who presently lives in London. You can find out more about Maestra here.

Welcome to Zaffre!

Hello and welcome to the first ever website for Zaffre Publishing, a new imprint from Bonnier Publishing Fiction. We’ve been hard at work since being founded late in 2014 by Mark Smith, and we’ve already got some very exciting books lined up, beginning publishing in January 2016 – it’s all under wraps for now, but rest assured, you won’t be disappointed.

In the meantime, do check out our sister imprint, Twenty7 Books. Like us they publish a broad range of commercial fiction, but with a unique focus on debut authors – which means that in the future there’ll be some brilliant fresh voices coming over to our list.

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