HELEN H. DURRANT
OVER 700,000 books sold of her Calladine & Bayliss and DI Greco Series
I’m one of the ‘baby boomer’ generation. I was born in Edinburgh to an English father and Scottish mother. My father was from the North West of England and this was where the family settled.
I know the area well, both the good and the bad, and so I set my books here. Sitting between two counties, Lancashire and Yorkshire, and between the city and the hills, it offers a rich mix of the industrial and the countryside and all the character therein. I always planned to write crime novels — to create the characters in my books. Since my retirement from a busy teaching job in FE, this is what I’ve done — almost to exclusion of anything else!
I have a grown-up family and five grandchildren. They see me as something of an eccentric — always on my laptop writing away. Writing is something of a second career and, despite having a bus pass, keeps me busy, young and tuned in the world as it currently is.
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I like to think of myself as a writer of thoughtful, contemporary crime novels that are complex and involve situations that change lives. I live in the west-country counties of Wiltshire and Dorset, and set my novels in this area. The early novels in the Sophie Allen series are based on the Isle of Purbeck, that most beautiful of coastal areas. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in.
I'm a retired teacher who has tinkered with writing for much of my life. My previous efforts have usually been directed towards short stories but I have always felt that crime novels would be one of my final choices, particularly if a developing storyline allows me to introduce one or two social issues, albeit with a light touch.
I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy.
T. J. BREARTON
T.J. Brearton is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novels Gone and Dead Gone, both of which have ranked among Amazon Kindle’s top 100. His Titan trilogy has been an international best-seller. With Ted Magee, Brearton wrote Bare Knuckle, a martial arts film, and wrote and directed Breathe, about amateur MMA fighter Lane Buzzell on an undefeated streak.
He has written more than a dozen novels, mostly crime thrillers, including one paranormal mystery, and published short fiction in numerous literary journals. He lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with his wife and three children where he writes full time, takes out the trash, and competes with his kids for his wife's attention.
UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS, THE FOURTH FRIEND, BEWARE THE PAST, FIRE ON THE FENS, AND THE GUILTY ONES
OVER 1.5 MILLION BOOKS SOLD!
"I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!
And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!"
"I was born and brought up in London. My parents were Irish. I studied for a B.A. in English at The University of Ulster and subsequently a qualification in Social Work. I taught English in secondary schools, then worked in social care for many years.
I started writing for children in my thirties and had five books published with Poolbeg Press. My first adult fiction novel won a bursary from East Midlands Arts. My first published novel, Araby, was with Harper Collins, followed by Marble Heart. Robert Hale published the next three novels; Fire and Ice, Out of the Blue and The Apple of Her Eye.
I have had two short stories, The Old Master and The Gold Digger, commissioned by and read on Radio Four.
I have always been an avid reader of psychological thrillers and crime fiction and decided, in retirement, to turn to crime. I am currently working on my second novel featuring private detective Tyrone Swift."
PRAISE FOR HER PREVIOUS BOOKS:
'Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real… A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’ Fiona Morrow, Time Out
‘A beautifully observed study of reconciliation, Araby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.’ James Eve, The Times
‘I loved it. It’s such a sweet story, without being in the least sentimental. There are moments when the reader is absolutely there, so acute is this novelist’s ear and eye.’
'All of this is wickedly, sharply amusing. But when they really join the party with an act of meaningless terror, Mulrooney shows how constructive and contagious that situation was. And as Nina slowly takes the sweet-natured Joan as her final victim, Marble Heart proves itself to be an excellent lesson in the difference between cleverness and wisdom.' The Times
'Mulrooney slows the pace leading to the shocking denouement by deftly layering each chapter with different character's voices. She shows herself to be an acute observer of all the intricacies that comprise female friendship. By making her readers wait, she not only heightens the gripping tension of her story but positions us with Joan and Nina, who are also waiting - Joan patiently [so she] may be married; Nina fearfully, for her secret crime to be brought into the open.' Time Out
Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His work has been selected by the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his movie reviews have appeared on KAYU-TV's Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state with his girlfriend Jaclyn and their chihuahua, cat, and python. EYESHOT was Adams' debut novel. Film and audio rights have been sold.
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences. www.writercharliegallagher.com/
Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style 'whodunits' under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.
JOFFE BOOKS are publishing revised editions of the DI Hillary Greene series.
John Yorvik grew up fast surviving the 80s and 90s by never staying anywhere or in any job for longer than a year.
After having the time of his life in turn of the century Camden Town, Yorvik moved to Barcelona and worked as a magazine editor, translator and journalist, interviewing musicians, writers and politicians - later featured in his Lishman Diary blogs.
In 2011, he returned to his native North East England and wrote his first novel Pretty Girls Make Graves, the first book in the Camden Noir Trilogy.
"I was the Proudman Professor of Oceanography in the department of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of Liverpool until my retirement in 2001. I am the author of over 125 papers in the mainstream scientific literature and have written a number of textbooks. I have also served as a lay member of the Mental Health Tribunal for over 25 years. Since retirement, my writing has focused on crime thrillers."
TARQUIN DE LA FORCE
An Englishman despite his French surname, Tarquin de la Force comes from an old and distinguished family whose recorded history goes as far back as the Visigoths, and is more recently famous for its Port. He was educated at Downside, and upon leaving tried his success at several professions, including the wine trade and public relations. Still undecided on his future, he set off for Australia at the end of the 1960s and settled down in Sydney to a career in advertising.
Working first as a copywriter and later as an advertising agency creative director, he then stepped into an account director’s role, working for several globally acclaimed companies at a leading international agency. In 1983, he returned to England to work for De Beers Consolidated Mines Consumer Marketing Division, and in 1986 became Director of Global Trade Education and Training Programme Development and Implementation, as well as International Coordinator of their network of Trade Liaison services in world markets.
In 1999, he retired to pursue a career in Marketing Consultancy, but in 2003 was appointed International Marketing Director at Diarough NV, one of the world’s largest diamond marketers, head-quartered in Belgium. He left Diarough in 2008 to resume his role as marketing consultant, however, in 2010 accepted a senior marketing position with Opal Horizon Ltd., Australia’s largest opal mining group.
Tarquin has been writing poetry, lyrics, and prose since he was a boy, with ‘Constance’ being his first published novel. A short book of verse entitled ‘All in a Day’s Work’ was privately published in the 1980s, sold through a small number of bookshops, such as Hatchards in London. He has also penned several articles that have appeared in jewellery trade magazines worldwide. Tarquin currently resides in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales with his wife. They have a son and daughter.
Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country.
He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.
His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know.
He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.
Steve Parker was born and raised in South East London (Camberwell and Peckham). At age twenty-one he joined the Metropolitan Police where he served for twenty years in numerous high profile squads before being pensioned out with a serious back injury.
Thankfully, he was blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding himself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, he dug out an old screenplay he'd written when he was still a policeman and set himself a challenge to turn it into a book which eventually became his debut novel 'Their Last Words'.
CHRISTOPHER M. COLAVITO
Christopher M. Colavito is an author hailing from, and currently living in, Central New York. After graduating from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, he focused his energies into writing. Using his background and training in philosophy, specifically the philosophical examination of mind, he has attempted to blend an undercurrent of philosophical and psychological exploration into the narrative of his work. This began with his first novel, "Unemotion", and continues in Dark City.
Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew's University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.
I’m originally from Lancashire but my work as a foreign correspondent took me all over the world, and I’m currently based in Paris. After years of observing people from all walks of life as a journalist, I’m motivated by character-driven plots in my fiction. My first novel, Food Fight, was published in 2015. Now I’ve turned to crime fiction with Murder on the Marsh, the first in a series featuring DI Sam Clayton.
Peter Tickler has written three crime novels all set in and around the city of Oxford. He has been praised for the authenticity of his Oxford (‘He has a wonderful gift of creating geographically factual settings for his fictional characters’ - Oxford Times) as well as the pace of his stories (‘deliciously thrilling and wildly unpredictable’ – Oxford Today). He writes a regular column for Mystery People and gives talks at festivals, libraries, U3As and even one of Her Majesty’s Prisons. He has recently had two screen-plays turned into short films.
DEAD IN THE WATER
A dead man is found floating in Oxford’s River Thames . . .
Private detective Doug Mullen discovers a body floating in the Thames. He doesn't tell the police that he knows who it is, and when he is hired to investigate the dead man, matters get very complicated. Mullen is used to tracking down cheating husbands, not ruthless killers. The drowned man also turns out to have a complicated romantic history.
As Mullen gets closer to tracking down the killer, he finds himself in grave danger. Unless he can crack the case, the police may pin the crime on him, or the real murderer may put him out of circulation.
In a thrilling conclusion, Mullen fights for his life and dark secrets are exposed.
If you like Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this compelling crime fiction writer.
Having spent most of my life in and around NYC, I know well the gritty city streets I write about and have firsthand knowledge of the localized crime world through family. I will say no more. I studied criminology in college and was mentored by a leading advocate for the family members of homicide victims. I’ve published several stories with mystery and crime elements that received praise from bestselling international writers, and have previously worked as a business writer. I now live in the countryside and enjoy connecting with readers on Twitter @efallonauthor and through my website at erfallon.wordpress.com.
I grew up in the north-east of England and after leaving university, I set off travelling with my future wife, Ann. We finally settled in South Africa where we still live. I own a boat shop by the Vaal Dam and life couldn't be more peaceful. A few years ago, my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head and the idea for a series of detective novels came to me. Whether she dropped it on purpose is still a mystery. When I'm not writing, I spend my time sailing yachts on the Vaal Dam, playing electric guitar and trying to keep up with my soon-to-be teenage daughter.
Daisy White is a mum, author and award-winning entrepreneur. She started writing short stories whilst working as cabin crew, and after the birth of her second child opened multi-award-winning pop-up independent bookshop, Daisy White’s Booktique. In 2016 she was named one of the Maserati 100 Entrepreneurs, and in 2017 she continued to fight for independent business on the high street by launching My Perfect Pop-Up Shop.
Daisy has two YA series published in the US, as well as a story for younger children in NZ. She has also written numerous short stories for anthologies and magazines. ‘Before I Left’ is the first book in an adult crime series for Joffe Books – The Ruby Baker Mysteries. ‘Before I Left’ was long-listed for the UK International Novel Writing Competition 2016.
Daisy lives near Brighton, UK with her family, various animals and a stick insect called Mrs Sticky.
Prior to taking up writing, Ken worked in a variety of roles in the environmental policy domain, including positions with three governments in Canada (Federal, Manitoba and Ontario) and as the Executive Director of Pollution Probe, one of Canada’s premier environmental groups. He remains active as a consultant on energy and climate change, and sits on the boards of two national non-profit organizations – the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, and Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow. He is well known across Canada for his environmental work, and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia.
More info at www.kenogilvie.com
Amanda Fleet is a physiologist by training and a writer at heart. She spent 18 years teaching science and medicine undergraduates at St Andrews University, but now uses her knowledge to work out how to kill people (in her books!). She completed her first degree at St Andrews University and her doctorate at University College, London.
She has been an inveterate stationery addict since a child, amassing a considerable stash of fountain pens, ink and notebooks during her lifetime. These have thankfully come in useful, as she tends to write rather than type, at least in the early stages of writing a book.
During her time at St Andrews, she was involved with two Scottish Government funded projects, working with the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. While in Malawi, she learned about the plight of the many street children there and helped to set up a Community Based Organisation that works with homeless Malawian children to support them through education and training – Chimwemwe Children’s Centre. It was this experience that helped to shape the Malawian aspects in her first novel, The Wrong Kind of Clouds.
Amanda lives in Scotland with her husband, where she can be found writing, walking and running.
I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.
Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.
Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.
Janis McBride lives in Middlesbrough. She began writing in the late 1980s, stage plays and film scripts at first. She won the Kate Collingwood Award in 1995 for her play Annie’s First Love and the film Little California was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award (North East Centre) in the same year. Other plays include The Tupperware ™ Party, (performed by various companies at various venues, including The Customs House, South Shields) Two Daft Lasses in a Boat and A Cat in The Road, (performed by various companies at various venues, including Augustine’s Studio at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Historical monologues Part of the Plan, Over the Horizon and Infant Hercules were performed in libraries and museums in the Teesside area in 2005 by Cleveland Theatre Company. Janis has worked with schools as well as youth and community groups, and plays written for these groups include Under the Stars, Weather Permitting, Durham Heroes, Snow White and the Eleven Dwarves, Newtown Dream and Cinderella. Films include Kids on Trial, The Last Page and A Game of Chance. She later began to write short stories, several of which have been published including Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes, As Good as New and Pirates and Teddy Bears. In 2010 she won the Light Years Literature Award Ruhr Oberhausen, for Tiny Fingers, Tiny Toes.
Born in Rhondda, Roy Lewis is a graduate of Bristol, Exeter and Durham Universities. He qualified as a chartered company secretary and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple. He is a former Chairman of the Association of Law Teachers and former International President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.
He taught Law for 10 years before being appointed as One of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Further & Higher Education. He was later appointed as Principal of Wigan College of Technology. He is the author of several law texts and has had considerable success as a crime writer, having published 68 crime novels. He lives in the north of England where many of his novels are set.
PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES
“Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times
“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times
“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian
“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement
“Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times
“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph
Born in Montana, Eliza moved to Alexandria, Virginia after completing her advanced degree in Economics. There she met her husband and took up the nomadic life in the U.S. Foreign Service. For nearly a quarter of a century, she has lived and travelled throughout many parts of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. Her career path has been as varied as her geographical wanderings, ranging from social scientist to business manager to editor of the U.S. Embassy newsletter.
Eliza began writing by co-authoring middle grade mysteries with her niece six years ago and has now embarked on adult fiction. Eliza is currently lives in Guatemala City with her husband of twenty-nine years, is enjoying life as an empty-nester. She has two adult children who share their father’s passion for globetrotting. As of this writing, they are residing in the Republic of Georgia and Thailand, but that could change tomorrow.