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Louise Mangos Profile

Louise is a compulsive writer and drinker of Prosecco. Her novels, short stories and flash fiction have won prizes, have been placed on several short and long lists and read out on BBC radio. She has published two full-length suspense novels, and her short fiction has appeared in more than twenty anthologies. She lives on a Swiss Alp with her Kiwi husband and two sons.


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Strangers On A Bridge
Her Husband’s Secrets

Definitely a writer to watch” Jacob Collins, crime reviewer
Gripping from the very first page” Kate Simants, author
Stonking debut” Bernie Steadman, author






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Nicola Martin Profile

Nicola Martin

Nicola Martin lives and works in Bristol, UK. She studied literature at the University of East Anglia and the University of California, Berkeley.

Her debut psychological thriller, about meeting your doppelganger, is Dead Ringer (Saraband, 2020), which the Daily Mail called “tense and compelling”.

Dead Ringer – Nicola Martin

Dead Ringer is available to buy from:

Amazon | Audible | Waterstones | Hive | Book Depository

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Nicola blogs about books and writing at

You can follow her on Twitter @nmartinwriter

and Instagram @nicolamartinwriter

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Derek Farrell Profile

Derek Farrell

Derek Farrell is the author of five Danny Bird Mysteries – ‘Death of a Diva’Death of a Nobody,’ ‘Death of a Devil,’ ‘Death of an Angel’ and the novella ‘Death of a Sinner’- all published by Fahrenheit Press.

The books are contemporary crime novels centering around a grimy pub in South London, it’s staff and regulars, and focusing on the investigative endeavours of the Pub’s nominal landlord and his aristocratic best friend.

They’ve been described, by Neil Broadfoot, as having “Heart, humour and enough twists to give you whiplash,” by Chris McCrudden as “Like M.C. Beaton on MDMA,” and – by no less an expert than Monty Python’s Eric Idle – as “Quite Fun.”

He’s currently putting the finishing touches to the next Danny Bird Mystery.

Derek is married and lives with his husband in West Sussex. They have no cats dogs goats or children, though they do have every Kylie Minogue record ever recorded. Twice.

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Derek can be reached on twitter @derekifarrell

or via his website


Derek’s books can be purchased directly from the publisher or from Amazon

Death of a Diva – Derek Farrell
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Rob Scragg Profile

Rob Scragg

Robert Scragg had a random mix of jobs before taking the dive into crime writing; he’s been a bookseller, pizza deliverer, Karate instructor, HR Manager and Football coach.

He lives in Tyne & Wear, and is part of the Northern Crime Syndicate crime writers group.

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Twitter – @robert_scragg

Facebook – @robertscragg

Instagram – @robertscraggauthor


What Falls Between the Cracks - Robert Scragg. Purple Tint of a Woman in Yellow Coat Walking Down Street
What Falls Between the Cracks – Robert Scragg

What Falls Between The Cracks (2018)

Nothing Else Remains – Robert Scragg

Nothing Else Remains (2019)

All That Is Buried –
Robert Scragg

All That Is Buried (2020)

And coming in 2021…

End Of The Line (2021)

What others have said about Robert Scragg’s books:

‘Scragg has produced another excellent gritty and edgy thriller. If you like Mark Billingham or Mari Hannah’s books, you should meet DI Jake Porter and DS Nick Styles, a partnership that fizzes with intelligence and bleak humour … Relentlessly gripping’ – Peterborough Telegraph

‘Intricately plotted and expertly paced, Nothing Else Remains is British crime writing at its finest’M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show

“A sparkling new talent” – Howard Linskey, author of No Name Lane

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Roxie Key Profile

Roxie Key

I’m a writer from Northampton, currently working as a copywriter, with a degree in creative writing coupled with an unhealthy obsession with crime thrillers, which I review on my blog.

I’m represented by Maddalena Cavaciuti at David Higham Associates and my first novel, Burn Again, will be out for submission early 2021.

Big fan of puns and pizza. 

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Rob Parker Profile

Rob Parker

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in Warrington, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken thrillers and Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs. Rob writes full time, attends various author events across the UK, and boxes regularly for charity.

He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing, and somehow squeezes in time to co-host the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, appear regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast, and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.

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Praise for Rob Parker

“One of the UK’s finest thriller writers” – MW Craven

‘”An immersive and intricately plotted thriller that had me gripped from the first [minute] to the pulse-racing finale.” – Roz Watkins

“…A big departure from Rob’s previous work, I hope he won’t mind when I say it exceeds his already sky high standards. A dark, powerful & utterly compelling tale of Northern gangsters tied together by blood, it just drips with real life.” – Tony Kent

“Rob Parker doesn’t mess around. Far from the Tree is a gritty, propulsive [listen]. Drawn in shades of grey, DI Brendan Foley is a complex, morally ambiguous character I couldn’t stop rooting for. A punchy, powerful tale well told.” – Adam Hamdy

“Proper noir. Proper gangland. Proper excellent. In Far From The Tree, the uber-talented Rob Parker delivers an original and gripping take on crime and family. It’s a must-read – absorbing, page-turning, and pulse-pounding. Parker is a force to be reckoned with.” – Judith O’Reilly

“A superbly crafted dark descent into the depths of a family on both sides of the law. Takes dark and gritty to another level. Rob Parker has smashed it out of the park and should be a shoo-in on any list of top titles for 2020.” – Robert Scragg 

“Rob Parker has written a superlative thriller with this one. Taut, compelling and with a finale that will give you a tension headache, this one has it all.” – Neil Broadfoot

‘Taut, tough and darkly enthralling. Loved it.’ – Chris Whitaker

‘There’s a new bestseller in town. An epic read from the rising star of crime fiction.’ – Trevor Wood

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Jackie McLean Profile

Jackie McLean

Jackie lives in Glasgow and has a varied background, including being a government economist, a political lobbyist, and running a pet shop in Glasgow’s Southside (ask her anything about pets). She currently works with East Ayrshire Council, where until recently her job involved frequent visits to Kilmarnock Prison.

  • Toxic is her first crime novel, introducing DI Donna Davenport, and was shortlisted in the Yeovil Literary Prize before publication by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd. 
  • The sequel, Shadows, was published in October 2017, and
  • Her third book in the DI Davenport series (Run) was published in October 2019.

She’s currently working on a new series, featuring DI Morgan O’Malley and a specialist Vigilante Crimes Unit set in Glasgow.

She was one of Bloody Scotland’s 2019 Crime in the Spotlight authors, has appeared at various crime writing festivals and Noir at the Bar events. She also forms part of the Dangerous Dames and Murder & Mayhem along with a number of other crime writers, and has appeared at events in libraries and bookstores across Scotland as part of these.

Until recently, she ran the writing group at Waterstones Braehead, and also ran creative writing sessions with the men in Kilmarnock Prison. She puts out a monthly newsletter on new crime fiction releases and events – let her know any time you have news to share.

She likes to chat, and you can find her on Twitter at @JackieJamxx

You can find her blog and newsletter here

and find out more about Jackie, as well as buy her books, at Amazon

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Russ Thomas Profile

Russ Thomas

Watch the launch of Russ’ novel Nighthawking here: a full length interview with Vic Watson, plus special guests popping in!

Russ Thomas was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire, and now lives in Sheffield. He grew up in the 80s reading a lot and largely avoiding the great outdoors.

After an inordinate number of “proper” jobs (among them: pot-washer, optician’s receptionist, supermarket warehouse operative, call-centre telephonist, and storage salesman) he discovered the joys of bookselling, where he could talk to people about books all day. 


Firewatching is the first in a brand new police procedural series following the exploits of  DS Adam Tyler and his Cold Case Review Unit.


The second in the series, Nighthawking will be published February 2021.

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Philippa East Profile

Philippa East

Hello everyone! I’m Philippa East, a fiction writer originally from Scotland and now based in Lincolnshire, where I live with my husband and a cat called Mimi. I’ve been writing for about 10 years, alongside my work as a clinical psychologist and therapist. In 2015, I left my full-time NHS job to work part time and dedicate more hours to writing. The result (a few years later!) was my debut novel LITTLE WHITE LIES, a suspenseful psychological drama about a family whose missing daughter returns home, seven years after her abduction. LITTLE WHITE LIES was longlisted for the Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ prize and shortlisted for the CWA ‘New Blood’ award. I hope you will enjoy it too!

Little White Lies

My next book, another domestic suspense, is called SAFE AND SOUND and will be released in February 2021. If you can’t wait that long, you can pre-order here

Safe and Sound

When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading (of course!), going for long walks or singing on the Lincolnshire music scene in a folk duo called ‘The Miracle Cure’.

I’d be delighted to connect with you on Twitter – you can find me @philippa_east

Hope you enjoy all the great content on this site. Happy reading!

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Rachel Sargeant Profile

Rachel Sargeant

Hello, Bay Tales Members, thank you for clicking on my page.

I am a Top-Ten-Kindle bestselling author, published by HarperCollins.  I like to write about settings I know, but give them a dark twist.

My latest thriller, The Roommates, is set at a fictional university during freshers’ week. I picked this setting as I recently returned to university to do a research degree in creative freedom, and I also knew a fair bit about freshers due to my children both going to uni. I’m relieved to say my first year of studies has been far less sinister than the one my student characters faced.

I have twice lived on a street in Germany like the one featured in my bestseller The Perfect Neighbours and I used the experience as the backdrop for the novel. Thankfully my real neighbours were nothing like the disturbing characters I created in this creepy chiller.

When I wrote the light police procedural The Good Teacher, I created the fictional setting of Penbury, based on my favourite town of Shrewsbury where I used to live.

I grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany and now live in Gloucestershire with my family. Until recently I worked in libraries management before becoming a full-time writer. My hobbies are swimming, and visiting country estates and coffee shops. I also like going to the theatre and hope we’ll be allowed to go again soon. I am a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and have been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. My stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series.

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I love connecting with fellow crime fiction readers and writers.





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The Roommates

The Roommates

Four students. Four secrets. One devastating lie.

University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo’s first week is quickly going from bad to worse.
A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets…
When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo’s recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with…

‘Gripping. We loved this book … full of twists and turns’ Closer

‘Deliciously dark & twisty… a gripping page-turner’ Woman’s Weekly

The Good Teacher

The Good Teacher

Even the good have to die.
A beloved teacher is murdered and left in a ditch beside a country lane. His wife is found beaten and gagged in their suburban home.

Even the best schools have secrets.
New detective Pippa Adams learns that the teacher ran a homework club for vulnerable pupils. But what did he really teach them?

Even the perfect family has something to hide.
When Pippa scratches the surface of the school community, she meets families who’ve learned a shattering lesson. And finally uncovers the good teacher’s darkest secrets…

‘One hell of an addictive read … 5* out of 5*’ The Ginger Book Geek

‘A smashing book and very well worth reading’ Linda’s Book Bag

‘One of those read in one sitting page turners with engaging characters and a good twisty plot’ Liz Loves Books

The Perfect Neighbours

The Perfect Neighbours

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare.

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…

‘Dark, claustrophobic and suffused with a creeping sense of menace, The Perfect Neighbours builds to a shocking climax. I thoroughly enjoyed it’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna

Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty


Where better to hide a crime than in a war?

In 1915 Sara Winwood writes a diary. It begins as a grand adventure for Sara and five other newly enlisted sisters in the Australian Army Nursing Service, heading into the unknown to do their bit in a distant war.

But on board the hospital ship Gascon, adventure turns to ordeal. The women face an unrelenting barrage of blood, death and disease with only the fortitude and humour of their patients – shrapnel-filled men scraped off the hostile cliffs of the Gallipoli peninsula – to keep them going.

They don’t just see war; they touch, taste and breathe it.

‘This well-written and vivid novel is a truly compelling narrative of one of the worst military disasters of the first world war. If you enjoy historical fiction, I would highly recommend this book.’ Nursing Standard

‘I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the First World War, especially the women’s role…Verdict: A well-written account of life on a hospital ship.’ Soldier Magazine