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Crime Scene East Midlands

Authors and Writings of the East Midlands

Derbyshire/ Derby City

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Stephen Booth Dying to Sin, Scared to Live All of Stephen Booth’s popular crime novels are set in the Peak District.  ‘The Peak District has everything I could need; atmospheric locations, thousands of years of history, its own unique conflicts’ (Stephen Booth).
Elizabeth George In Pursuit of a Proper Sinner  (set in Derbyshire) US author of the popular Inspector Lynley series. In the 1999 thriller ‘In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner’ two bodies are found by an ancient stone circle on a Derbyshire moor.
Georgette Heyer The Toll Gate Famous for her historical fiction set in the Regency period.  In ‘The Toll Gate’ Captain John Staple is home from the Peninsula Wars and finds his greatest adventure at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines.
Val Mcdermid A Place of Execution Bestselling author of more than 20 crime novels.  ‘A Place of Execution’ is set in a remote Derbyshire hamlet at the time of the Moors murders.
Christine Poulson Footfall Lives in Derbyshire.  Author of three crime novels featuring Cambridge academic Cassandra James.
Danuta Reah Bleak Water, Night Angels Also writes under the name Carla Banks.  In ‘Night Angels’ a young woman disappears from her car on the lonely Snake Pass in the Peak District.
Bram Stoker Lair of the White Worm Best known for the horror novel ‘Dracula’.  His 1911 story ‘The Lair of the White Worm’ features macabre and mysterious forces at work when a young Australian visits the estate of his grand-uncle in Derbyshire.
Carl Tighe Druids Hill Teaches creative writing at Derby University.  ‘Druids Hill’ is a political thriller with a tough stylish heroine Emma Tulip.
Anne Zouroudi The Messenger of Athens, The Taint of Midas Born in Lincolnshire, lived on a Greek island for some years and now lives in the Peak District.  Has written three mysteries set in Greece.
Phil Rickman The Man in the Moss Writes haunting, chilling mysteries with a woman priest heroine.  In the early chiller ‘The Man in the Moss’ the perfectly preserved body of a Celtic warrior-priest is discovered in a Peak District peat bog.
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Leicester City & Leicestershire

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Jane Adams (Lives in Leicestershire) (aka Jane A. Adams)
Jane has used Leicester and Leicestershire as the backdrops to some of her novels – sometimes inventing new towns and villages to keep you guessing where they are set.
Dave Bell (East Midland Convenor of the Crime Writers Association, lives in Leicestershire) Formerly a teacher, David Bell specializes in real life stories of Leicestershire and Derbyshire, including the “Leicestershire & Rutland Murder Casebook” and “Leicestershire and Rutland Tales of Mystery and Murder”.
Colin Dexter (Born in Stamford,formerly a teacher in Leicester & Loughborough) Creator of Inspector Morse, Colin was originally a teacher in both Leicester and Loughborough before turning to crime fiction. He has written 13 full length Morse stories which were turned into a television series by ITV.
Rod Duncan (Lives in Leicester, novels set in Leicester) Rod has written three books set in Leicester plus a short story “the Mentalist”.
Sam Hayes Blood Ties, Unspoken New crime author Sam Hayes lives in the Leicestershire area and has written two very well received crime novels set in the midlands.
Spencer Jordan Journeys in the Dead Season Leicester-born author of a single novel so far – an unusual novel juxtaposing the experiences of a shell-shock victim in the early 1920’s with the recollections of an alleged murderer in the present day.
Jessica Mann Hanging Fire, The Mystery Writer Having studied Law at Leicester University, Jessica later lived in Leicester and now resides in Cornwall. She has written crime novels set in various parts of the UK and has been a broadcaster on TV and Radio.   She has written about 20 crime novels, the last of which was published in 2006.
Ann Purser Sorrow on Sunday, Warning at One Born in Market Harborough, Ann is the writer of 9 crime novels featuring amateur sleuth Lois Meade.
Jerry Sykes (Lives in Leicestershire) Twice winner of the Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger, Londoner Jerry Sykes now lives in Leicestershire. His first novel “Lose This Skin” is set in North London.
Joseph Wambaugh (ANF) The Blooding (Narborough Village murders) Veteran American crime writer Joseph Wambaugh wrote a bestselling book about the world’s first use of DNA profiling in the Narborough Village murders of 1983.
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Wilkie Collins The Moonstone Wilkie Collins’s classic mystery “The Moonstone” has some scenes set in Lincolnshire.
Paul C Doherty Corpe Candle  
Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth Bestselling author Ken Follett has been a thriller writer for over thirty years. His blockbuster The Pillars of the Earth included scenes loosely based on Lincoln cathedral.
  Crime and Criminals in Victorian Lincolnshire  
Susanna Gregory The Tarnished Chalice “The Tarnished Chalice” is one of Gregory’s best mysteries featuring medieval physician Matthew Bartholemew.  The Chalice in question is “The Hugh Chalice”, a Lincoln relic with a very bloody history.
Jane Hill Grievous Angel  
Karen Maitland The Company of Liars Karen lives in Lincolnshire and has used Lincoln as the inspiration for her historical crime novels.
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James Humphreys Riptide  
Jill McGown Unlucky for Some Scot Jill McGown lived in Corby for many years, and was the author of 13 police procedurals featuring Chief Inspector Danny Lloyd and Sergeant Judy Hill.
Sally Spedding (Lives in Northamptonshire)
Sally spent many years in Northampton and is the author five creepy, mysterious crime novels.
Ann Purser   Leicestershire born Ann Purser has lived in Northamptonshire for some time and is the author of 9  novels featuring Amateur sleuth Lois Meade.
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Nottingham City & Nottinghamshire

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David Belbin (Lives in Nottingham) Studied at University of Nottingham and teaches creative writing at Nottingham Trent University.  Themes range from teenage sexuality to drug dealing, gangs and child abuse.
John Harvey Cutting Edge, Easy Meat Lived in Nottingham until 2006 and set the 11 DI Resnick thrillers in the city.
Clare Littleford Death Duty Lives in Nottingham.  Her two psychological crime novels ‘Beholden’ and ‘Death Duty’ are set in the city.
Nicola Monaghan The Killing Jar (set in Nottingham) Grew up in Nottingham and now based there.  Set her first novel ‘The Killing Jar’ on Broxtowe Estate where she lived as a child.
Frank Palmer Hot Toddy, Red Gutter, Back Gold Born in Lincoln and lived in Nottingham.  Wrote two crime series, featuring Inspector ‘Jacko’ Jackson and Chief Superintendent Phil ‘Sweeney’ Todd.
Phil Whitaker The Face Studied medicine at Nottingham where he set his literary thriller ‘The Face’.
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Robert Goddard Set in Stone Hambleton on Rutland Water is the setting for his 1999 thriller ‘Set in Stone’, where mysterious and sinister events take place.  The characters visit many local villages and towns including Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford.
E. W. Hornung Raffles, Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman Born in Middlesbrough but educated at Uppingham School. He wrote about 30 novels, most famously the Raffles series about a gentleman thief in Victorian London.

Page Last Updated: 21 February 2012