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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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Ann Cleeves Profile

Ann Cleeves
Ann Cleeves

As Ann told us on her appearance on Bay Tales Live #3, her first novel was published in 1986. In 2016 she celebrated the publication of 30 novels in 30 years.

35 years after the publication of her first novel, Ann is one of the nation’s favourite crime novelists, and we were thrilled to have her on the show.

In 2006, Ann was the first winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award of the Crime Writers’ Association for Raven Black – the first of the eight (so far) Shetland novels. Ann has also been shortlisted for numerous CWA ‘Daggers’ and in 2017 was presented with the Diamond Dagger – the highest honour in British Crime Writing. Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA, described Ann’s contribution to the crime writing world as ‘magnificent’.

Now living in Whitley Bay, Ann has, of course, put her surroundings to great use through the nine volume Vera series, and been a strong supporter of local causes – ourselves included.


The Vera Series in Order:

Shetland: The Four Seasons Quartet

Shetland: The Four Elements Quartet

Stand Alone Novels

Social Media

Follow Ann on Twitter at: @anncleeves

Visit Ann’s website for information on all her books and a whole lot more at:

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Helen Fields Profile

Helen Fields

An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series has claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. The last book in the series, ‘Perfect Kill‘ was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger in 2020, and others have been longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish crime novel of the year. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and has released legal thriller ‘Degrees of Guilt‘. Her audio book ‘Perfect Crime‘ knocked Michelle Obama off the #1 spot. In 2020 Perfect Remains was shortlisted for the Bronze Bat, Dutch debut crime novel of the year. Now translated into 16 languages, and also selling in the USA, Canada & Australasia, Helen’s books have won global recognition. Her historical thriller ‘These Lost & Broken Things‘ came out in May 2020. Her first standalone thriller – The Shadow Man – from HarperColllins was published on February 4, 2021. She currently commutes between West Sussex, Scotland and California. She lives with her husband and three children.

The Shadow Man

Want to know more about Helen and her new stand-alone chiller The Shadow Man? You can see the launch of the book in the video below where Helen talks about the inspiration and process of writing it – with questions from Bay Tales’ very own Vic Watson as well as some special guest authors putting their own queries to her…


Social Media

Helen can be found on Twitter @Helen_Fields for up to date news and information or at

Read an exclusive short story from Helen here

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Steve Cavanagh Profile

Steve Cavanagh

Steve Cavanagh is the bestselling author of five Eddie Flynn novels (plus one novella) and the standalone Twisted. In 2018 The Liar won the CWA Crime Novel of the Year in 2018 and Thirteen won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the year 2019.

A former lawyer, Steve was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he still lives. In 2019, Steve turned to writing full time. We were thrilled to have Steve join us on Bay Tales Live show number 2 when, along with Neil Broadfoot and Tony Hutchinson he explained how his previous career has influenced his writing.

Steve’s series featuring Eddie Flynn, con artist turned lawyer, can be read in any order.

When he’s not writing, Steve is the co-host of the chart-topping podcast Two Crime Writers And A Microphone alongside Luca Veste.


Social Media


Facebook: @SSCav1

Twitter: @SSCav

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Tony Hutchinson Profile

Tony Hutchinson

Months after completing his A Levels in 1978, Tony was pounding the beat in Hartlepool dreaming of being a detective. Almost thirty years later he found himself in front of the worldwide media leading the investigation into John ‘Canoe Man’ Darwin, his last case before retirement. Tony had risen from bobby on the beat to Head of Cleveland Police’s Murder Team, bringing over 50 killers to justice. He hunted serial rapists, child abductors and paedophiles. As a Detective Superintendent, Tony set up the country’s first dedicated helpline for victims of Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.

In his younger days he worked in intelligence units and operated in the murky world of informants. He twice studied with the founding members of the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit (think ‘Silence of the Lambs’) and undertook a course on Forensic Linguistics at Leiden University
which was taught by Jim Fitzgerald, the FBI Special Agent portrayed in Netflix’s ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’ drama series.
Post retirement Tony delivered training across the UK and Ireland and led a team of retired detectives teaching homicide investigation in Bahrain.

An avid reader since childhood Tony took up writing to keep his mind active and his body out of the pub. His Dark Tides Thriller series follows Detective Chief Inspector Sam Parker and her wizened (and often politically incorrect) older Detective Sergeant, Ed Whelan.

Having attended over 100 post mortems and countless violent crime scenes, Tony takes the reader into the world he used to inhabit and puts them bang inside the heads of the detectives and the bad guys.

His novels have been described as ‘hard hitting and 100% authentic.’


The Dark Tides Thrillers Series by Tony Hutchinson
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Paul Waters Profile

Paul Waters

Hello. I’m Paul Waters. I’m the author of Blackwatertown, published in print and ebook by Unbound, and in audiobook by WF Howes. The legendary Frederick Forsyth described it as “extremely intriguing with intricate twists and turns.”
Here’s the gist of the story: When maverick police sergeant Jolly Macken is banished to the sleepy 1950s Irish border village of Blackwatertown, he vows to find the killer of his brother – even if the murderer is inside the police. But a lot can happen in a week. Over seven days Macken falls in love, uncovers dark family secrets, accidentally starts a war and is hailed a hero and branded a traitor. When Blackwatertown explodes into violence, who can he trust? And is betrayal the only way to survive?

I’m also the co-presenter of the books and authors podcast We’d Like A Word, which features bestselling and new writers, poets and publishing insiders from the UK, Ireland and around the world. You’ll find it wherever you get your podcasts. The website is here

I grew up in Belfast and went on to report and produce for BBC TV and radio news, arts and current affairs. I still make radio programmes. My claim to fame is making Pelé his dinner. But along the way I’ve covered elections in the USA, created an alternative G8 Summit in a South African township, gone undercover in Zimbabwe, conducted football crowds, reported from Swiss drug shooting-up rooms, smuggled a satellite dish into Cuba to produce the first BBC live programmes from the island and oversaw the World Service’s first live coverage of the 9/11 attacks on America.

Like many writers I’ve turned my hand to a variety of jobs. I taught in Poland, drove a cab in England, busked in Wales, was a night club cook in New York, designed computer systems in Dublin, presented podcasts for Germans and organised music festivals for beer drinkers.
I have two children and live now in Buckinghamshire near where John Milton wrote Paradise Lost. (You should visit his cottage and soak in the atmosphere of his writing room and the rest of his house – Milton’s Cottage museum It has a lovely garden too.)


Blackwatertown – Paul Waters

Social Media


Twitter – @paulwaters99

Read Paul’s article Who Owns the Story? here

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Gavin Dimmock Profile

Gavin is an adopted Yorkshireman. He has a lovely wife, three daft Mini-Schnauzer mutts and a soon-to-be-wed daughter. Daughter No 1 would have been married by now but, you know, Covid-19 put paid to September’s plans.

After spending the past 36 years arranging words onto signs, vehicles and far too many graphic design projects, Gavin is now trying to coax the tricky rascals into some semblance of order in his first novel. That work-in-progress, “The Kerning”, was a winner of 2018’s Bradford Literature Festival “Northern Noir”. It was also nominated for Capital Crime’s “New Voices” award in 2019. Gavin really must finish writing that novel soon. If only he had the benefit of an enforced period of stay-at-homeness to allow him the time.

Most recently his short story, “A Lame Joke”, inspired by the tales in Vic and Simon’s “Noir From The Bar” collection, won Writing Magazine’s “twist” competition and was published in the December 2020 issue.

You can read Gavin’s exclusive short story for us here.

On some Tuesdays, Gavin posts Rubbish Poems (content and quality) about his refuse collectors and their charge, The Beast. These can be read, but only if you have exhausted the entire interweb or have a fondness for bin-related bad poems, at

Gavin also tweets – far too often – and has a penchant for using Muppet themed GIFs. @Gavin_Dimmock

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Martin Edwards Profile

Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards is the latest recipient of the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in UK crime writing. He is the author of twenty novels, most recently Mortmain Hall and Gallows Court. He also conceived and edited Howdunit, a recently published masterclass in crime writing by members of the Detection Club ranging from Ian Rankin to John Le Carre. He has received the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Poirot awards, two Macavity awards, the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Prize, the CWA Short Story Dagger, and the CWA Dagger in the Library. He has twice been nominated for CWA Gold Daggers and once for the Historical Dagger; he has also been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for best crime novel of the year for The Coffin Trail. He is consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics series and a former chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. Since 2015, he has been President of the Detection Club; his seven predecessors over the past ninety years include G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha Christie. His novels include the Harry Devlin series and the Lake District Mysteries, nine non-fiction books and seventy short stories; he has also edited more than forty anthologies of crime writing which have yielded many award-winning stories.


Martin’s most recent titles – including the Edgar nominated Howdunnit

Visit Martin’s website for full bibliography. Click on the images below for more detail.

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Peter James Profile

Peter James

Peter James is, among many other things, the creator of Brighton-based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including being named as the Best Crime Writer of All Time in WH Smith’s 2015 reader’s poll and the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger.

His work has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, been translated into 37 languages and he has featured as Sunday Times number one bestselling author seventeen times consecutively (to date).

He has served two consecutive terms as chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, as well as being the programming chair of the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in 2016.

Peter hosts The Author’s Studio – a free online You Tube channel where he interviews fellow authors about their work and offering advice for would-be/ up-and-coming authors.

His work has been adapted into plays, films and TV series – his Roy Grace series, starring John Simm is due to hit TV screens in 2021.  

In addition to his writing, Peter is a BFI member and received a BAFTA nomination for his executive production duties on The Merchant of Venice.

Peter was our featured guest on our first Bay Tales Live (if you’re a Friends of the Bay member, you can see the show here)


Peter’s Roy Grace Novels, at the time of writing, in chronological order:

Dead Simple (2005), Looking Good Dead (2006), Not Dead Enough (2007), Dead Man’s Footsteps (2008), Dead Tomorrow (2009), Dead Like You (2010), Dead Man’s Grip (2011), Not Dead Yet (2012), Dead Man’s Time (2013), Want You Dead (2014), You Are Dead (2015), Love You Dead (2016), Need You Dead (2017), Dead If You Don’t (2018), Dead At First Sight (2019) and Find Them Dead (2020)

His other works include:

Dead Letter Drop (1981), Atom Bomb Angel (1982), Billionaire (1983), Travelling Man (1984), Biggles: The Untold Story (1986), Possession (1988), Dreamer (1989), Sweet Heart (1990), Twilight (1991), Prophecy (1992), Host (1993), Alchemist (1996), Getting Wired (1996), The Truth (1997), Denial (1998), Faith (2000), The Perfect Murder (2010) (novella), Perfect People (2011), A Twist of the Knife (2014) , The House on Cold Hill (2015), Absolute Proof (2018), The Secret of Cold Hill (2019) and I Follow You (2020)

You can find a full list of Peter’s books on his website

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Dave Sivers Profile

Dave Sivers

Dave Sivers grew up in West London and has been writing all his life. His books include the popular crime series featuring the Aylesbury Vale detectives, DI Lizzie Archer and DS Dan Baines. The Scars Beneath the Soul and Dead in Deep Water were both top three bestsellers in the Amazon Kindle Serial Killers chart. His latest novel, In Ink, introduces DI Nathan Quarrel. Dave lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, Chris, and is a founder of the annual BeaconLit festival of books and writing.

“Fabulous stuff – as good as Peter Robinson” – Christina Jones

“Stylish, skilful, and packed with suspense” – Sharon Bolton

“Page turning crime fiction with flesh and blood characters” – Amanda Robson

“Skilfully combines pace, tension and narrative” – Vicky Newham

“Alongside the likes of McDermid and Billingham… characters you just long to know more about” – Robert F Barker


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Twitter: @davesivers

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