Author of four historical mysteries published by Faber and Faber: A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk and The Cleansing Flames. The novels are set in nineteenth century St Petersburg – the St Petersburg of Dostoevsky – and feature Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Crime and Punishment.
A Vengeful Longing was short-listed for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel, runner-up in New York Magazine’s Culture Awards for 2008 in the best thriller category, and Highly Commended for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Novel Award 2008 (as was A Razor Wrapped in Silk in 2010).
Now working on a new historical crime series set in the turbulent years before the First World War, featuring a new detective, Silas Quinn. The first in the series, Summon Up The Blood, was published in April 2012. The Mannequin House is due December 2012.
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I’m rushing breathlessly onto the blog to tell you all that the ebook of the first novel in my Silas Quinn series, Summon Up The Blood, is only 99p on Amazon UK at the moment, and $1.33 on Amazon US. I’m not sure how long this offer will last so…
First Kirkus, now Booklist. Actually I’ve known about this one for a while, but I can only now reveal the full review. Too many spoilers? Maybe. But I’m not complaining. They even awarded it a coveted star!
For those of you who have never heard of it, Kirkus Reviews is an august American magazine for the book trade. It publishes reviews of new books, tipping booksellers off on the ones to watch. And, occasionally, delivering hatchet jobs on books that don’t find favour with their anonymous reviewers.…