Thursday, 30 July 2015

No Other Darkness out in paperback today

If you're on Twitter or Facebook, you can follow my blog tour and enter giveaways for free books. To kick things off, I'm over with Sara Crowley being silly about quinoa and tinned peaches. And with Vicky Newham being serious about psychology. Something for everyone.

Click to buy No Other Darkness.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Someone Else's Skin for 99p on Kindle

In the run up to the paperback publication of No Other Darkness, you can download Someone Else's Skin (winner of the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year) for just 99p over on Amazon. Get it while it's hot!

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

So, this happened. To put it into context, first this happened. Then, on Thursday night, Mark Lawson and Simon Theakston presented me with The Barrel, the biggest crime fiction award in the UK. As I told The Guardian, I was gobsmacked. Thank you to everyone who voted for me, and to the judges who included Alison Graham (Columnist of the Year) and Ann Cleeves who said, "For a debut novel it was astounding. Although the subject matter is really quite bloody and violent, there are no gratuitous descriptions – instead she has this dreadful sense of horror, but it is done delicately and subtly. It always stops just as your imagination takes over.”




Thursday, 2 July 2015

You're Booked : for Theakstons Crime Writing Festival


My bookshelves are up on the You're Booked site today, where I'm talking about Lolita, Zuleika Dobson, Patricia Highsmith, Shredni Vashtar and how not-reading breeds bigots and bores.

You're Booked

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Someone Else's Skin needs YOU!

I'm chuffed to bits that Someone Else's Skin (my first novel! The one that sprang Marnie Rome on the world!) is shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award. This is the bit where they throw it open to a public vote for 15 days, so it would be amazing if you could give it a leg up by voting (and getting friends, colleagues, acquaintances, strangers) to vote too. You have to give your name, city and email address, but otherwise it’s dead easy. Thanks!

Vote here!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Someone Else's Skin in the Radio Times


Giddy with excitement to see Someone Else's Skin in today's Radio Times, and reviewed by the wonderful Alison Graham who is their TV Editor (and critic) and one of the judges for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year (for which Someone Else's Skin has been shortlisted). Alison calls it, 'A heck of a debut that introduces a heck of a detective.' Happy!

From 1-15 July you can vote for Someone Else's Skin online. Check the details here.

Monday, 29 June 2015

BritCrime Summer School: An Introduction to Crime Fiction

If you're an aspiring crime writer, or just a very keen reader of crime fiction looking to expand your knowledge of the genre, do sign up for the first ever BritCrime Summer School: An Introduction to Crime Fiction. I'll be popping in to lend a steer and some cheers, plus a critique for one (or more) of the writers who submit work at the end of the course. The course tutor is Tom Bromley. The Professional Writing Academy's introduction to writing courses normally cost £129, but BritCrime readers can book the BritCrime Summer School using the code BRITCRIME to receive the special festival rate of only £99/$159 before midnight, 10th July.

More details about BritCrime can be found here.