I’ve been writing crime novels for over seven years now and with five of them (two forever to be stored in a locked bottom drawer) under my belt, I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. To find out more about all that writerly stuff, visit the (rather remarkably entitled) about me section.
My crime thrillers mostly feature female protagonists. They’re stories with proper beginnings, middles and ends with a twisty surprise or two thrown in along the way.
If you were a fan of The Killing, can’t get enough of Scott & Bailey and get so caught up in the latest Sophie Hannah you forget to eat/wash/sleep, then it’s just possible you’ll like my stuff.
I blog about crime fiction, TV crime dramas, the writing process and how the whole self publishing enterprise is going. I also share news about works in progress, including new covers and the occasional excerpt.
The Degrees of Separation series
Think six degrees of Kevin Bacon and you’re over halfway there. Except there’s no Kevin (and nary a rasher of bacon).
Each character in a particular novel in the series is connected to every character in the other novels by no more than three links. For example, Detective Luisa Rodriguez of the NYPD (The Senior Moment) is related to Caroline Barber of the Department for Education (The Loyal Servant) via Jean Henderson (Caroline’s mum and the hero of The Senior Moment).
The series so far
The Loyal Servant is the first book in the series and features an ordinary civil servant and mother of three caught up in a tangle of political intrigue and corruption. All she wanted to do was to keep her head down, work hard and try to avoid being laid-off, but after discovering the Minister for Schools dead at his desk, things get complicated. Losing her job quickly becomes the least of her worries as she uncovers a political scandal that could rock the country.
Read more about it here.
Book 2, The Senior Moment, stars Jean Henderson, a 65-year-old grandmother visiting New York to help her son with his first baby. After discovering he has disappeared owing a fortune to a vicious loan shark, Jean is forced to break the law to raise the money to repay his debt. But can she gather the cash quickly enough to save him?
Read more about that one here.
Book 3, The Third Estate is set on a notorious south London council estate. A child goes missing one bitterly cold February afternoon and the police converge on the estate and surrounding area, pulling in extra manpower from the neighbouring boroughs. When little Casey is not found within the first crucial 48 hours, the media start to probe into the private life of her mother, painting her as feckless and irresponsible. It’s not long before the police have doubts about her too. All too conscious of the similarities of a case that happened over 30 years earlier, investigative reporter Angela Tate, a staunch defender of Casey’s mother, is determined to uncover the information the police have missed.
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