Cath Staincliffe Profile

Cath Staincliffe

Cath Staincliffe is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder. She also writes the Scott & Bailey tie-in books. Cath has been shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger and the Dagger in the Library.

She won the Short Story Dagger in 2012 and the Writers Guild of Great Britain’s Best Radio Drama Award in 2019. Her debut series, the Sal Kilkenny mysteries launched single-parent PI Sal onto Manchester’s mean streets. Her latest features detectives Donna Bell and Jade Bradshaw, dubbed ‘strong, damaged, lippy northern female police officers’ by the Sunday Times Crime Club. The Girl in the Green Dress, their first outing, has been optioned for TV.

Cath’s standalone novels examine the human impact of crime on ordinary families, giving a voice to victims, the bereaved, survivors and witnesses.

You can see Cath, with Ann Cleeves, in interview with Vic Watson at Bay Tales Live #3 here.

Selected Bibliography

Books written by Cath include:

For a comprehensive list visit her website.

Praise for Cath Staincliffe

‘A star in the firmament of British crime fiction’ – Big Issue in the North

‘Powerful, complex and utterly gripping’ – Sunday Mirror

‘Such a good writer … eerie, moving … an absorbing read’ – Marcel Berlins, The Times

‘Writing that gives Britcrime its heart, mind and soul … Accept no substitute; this is the real thing’ – Philip Oakes, Literary Review

‘Remarkable depth … the most grown-up writer in British crime fiction … mercilessly exciting’ – Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph

‘Gripping…Ripped from the headlines and totally scary’ – Irish Independent

‘A sensitive and humane writer whose talent for characterisation … is the fuel for real suspense’ – Laura Wilson, The Guardian

‘Staincliffe is one of the few authors who can combine political anger with great entertainment and somehow never lose sight of either’ – Morning Star

‘Powerful, thoughtful ensemble novel about a terror attack and its legacy. Harrowing and humane. A real knockout’ – Ian Rankin

‘This is a wonderful novel, powerful, humane and moving. It’s also one of the best police procedurals I’ve read this year’ – Ann Cleeves

‘A portrait of loss and rage, less focused on the mechanics of the crime than the emotion lurking beneath the surface’ – Cape Times (South Africa)

Social media

Twitter: @CathStaincliffe

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