The Books


Murder in Slow Motion – February 2018

Katy Jackson is missing, last seen at her neighbour’s house.

DI Gardner and DS Freeman think Katy’s boyfriend, Andrew, is overreacting. She’s been gone just a few hours. But next door there’s evidence of a struggle and blood throughout the house.

When they realise Katy’s neighbour is police officer Dawn Lawton, and that Dawn is missing too, it becomes impossible for Gardner to put his personal feelings aside, driving him to put his own career on the line as he tries to find his friend.

As Gardner and Freeman unravel both Katy and Dawn’s secrets, they discover neither woman’s life is what it seems. And when everyone has something to hide, how do you know who to trust?



Tell Me Lies – Mulholland Books – March 2016

What would you do to protect your family?

Tell a lie?
Break the law?
Or solve the problem… for good?

The body in Lauren James’s back garden belongs to her ex-boyfriend, Ritchie. DI Gardner thinks it’s an open-and-shut case. But he reckoned without the interference of Lauren’s father, local businessman and aspiring politician Walter James. And he couldn’t know about the secrets that everyone involved wants to hide.

When a murder touches so many lives, not even the cops are immune from the consequences. In the end you must decide what you can live with: a loving lie or the deadly truth?


Gone – Mulholland Books – January 2015

250,000 people go missing in the UK every year.

91% of those reported to police are found within 48 hours.

99% of cases are solved within a year.

And 1% stay gone.

Eleven years ago, troubled teenager Emma Thorley went missing. The police assumed she was a runaway. But now a body has been found in woods near Blyth.

DI Michael Gardner knows he didn’t take Emma’s disappearance seriously enough back then, and is determined to make up for it now. But when he and DS Nicola Freeman start to reinvestigate, they discover that nothing is as simple as it seems.

As news of the discovery travels, the past will come back to haunt all those involved. Because there are consequences when good people do bad things, and some secrets cannot stay buried for ever…

stolen cover

Stolen – Moth Publishing – May 2013

A missing child. A mother destroyed. A life stolen. When Abby Henshaw is brutally attacked by two strangers who dump her at the side of a remote country road, her first thought is for the safety of her baby daughter, Beth. But what follows is a mother’s worst nightmare: Beth is gone and Abby’s world collapses around her. As the world-weary DI Michael Gardner investigates Abby and her family, he discovers lives built on secrets and betrayal. Under pressure from his bosses to find the missing child and unearth the truth, Gardner finds himself struggling to stay emotionally removed from the case, and from Abby herself. After the authorities finally shelve their investigation, Abby receives an elusive message telling her where she can find her daughter. But how can she convince those around her that the girl really is Beth when they are the very people she knows the least? A gripping and haunting debut, Stolen is a richly imagined psychological thriller from an exciting new talent in crime writing.


Here’s a list of some of my previous writing credits.

She’s the One (An Anthology to support International Women’s Day) – My World Publishing – March 2013

Sibling Rivalry – The Guardian-  25th August 2012

A Place Called Home in Home Tomorrow: An Anthology of Short Stories – 6e Publishing – 2011

Some Smothering Dreams – Vintage Script Magazine – Spring 2011

A Muffed Echo Down the Years – Playlist – The Guardian 18th December 2010


2 thoughts on “The Books

  1. HI, Sorry I missed your launch, hope it went well. I sold some copies of my second book(The Judas Cup) via the bookshop but didn’t warrant a launch. I have always lacked those vital connectons, I reckon. My own fault, no whingeing! Some links – I too live in Redcar and also worked in Holland, for Shell at Moerdijk – but there it ends, I am afraid. I am male and almost 80! Missed a few chances along the way, we all do – you will! Will watch your career as long as I can and hope you make it. My old friend Anne Thomas did. When we were in the Middlesbrough Writers’ Group she was with the Evening Gazette and struggling to get her first novel published. No luck. Then someone suggested Mills&Boon, at which she baulked – recoiled, might be a better description! – but eventually did. Result: after a few years writing as Sarah Craven she was so rich she was advised to go live in Southern Ireland or Jersey, for tax purposes. Went on to be the first female winner(I think) of Mastermind, remarried as Anne Ashurst and is now President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Okay, she gave in to Mammon but it’s better than starving in the probverbial garret(Are there still such places?). So good luck.
    Shaun Ivory

    • Hi Shaun
      Thanks very much for your message and your kind words. I’ve just had a quick look at your website and will have to look out for your books. I’ve been lucky in that New Writing North are a partner in Moth Publishing and have connections all over the place! Hopefully I’ll see you at another event. Regards, Rebecca.

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