Richard Shepherd was born in West London but grew up in Watford. At the local grammar school he was introduced to a medical textbook smuggled into the classroom by a friend which opened his eyes to the world of crime and murder, setting him on a lifelong quest to understand death in its many forms. He trained as a doctor at St George’s Hospital medical school at Hyde Park Corner, qualifying in 1977 and then completed his postgraduate training as a forensic pathologist in 1987. He immediately joined what was then the elite forensic department at Guy’s Hospital.
He has been involved nationally and internationally in the forensic investigation of thousands of deaths from unnatural causes, from headline-making murders to mass natural disasters, and many sudden and unexplained deaths that his investigations showed were from natural causes or due to accidents. His skills and expertise still remain in demand around the world.
Tim Weaver is the author of 13 novels, including the David Raker mysteries You Were Gone and No One Home, and the standalone novel, Missing Pieces. His latest book is The Shadow at the Door, a unique collection of four inter-connected stories, all featuring David Raker –– and, in June, Raker will return again in Tim’s thrilling new novel, The Blackbird.
Tim’s books have been selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, shortlisted for a National Book Award, and been nominated for both the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library and Ian Fleming Steel Dagger awards. They’ve also been Sunday Times Top 5 bestsellers and number ones on Kindle, iBooks and Audible.
Amy McCulloch is a Chinese-White author, born in the UK, raised in Ottawa, Canada, now based in London, UK. She is the co-author of the #1 YA bestselling novel THE MAGPIE SOCIETY: One for Sorrow, and has written seven solo novels for children and young adults. She has hit the bestseller lists in several countries around the world, and been published in fifteen different languages.
Before becoming a full-time writer, she was editorial director for Penguin Random House Children’s Books. In 2013, she was named one of The Bookseller‘s Rising Stars of publishing.
When not writing, she loves travelling, hiking and mountaineering. In September 2019, she became the youngest Canadian woman to climb Mt Manaslu in Nepal – the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163m (26,781ft).
Breathless will be published on Feb 17th from Michael Joseph
‘Breathless is a high-altitude, high-stakes thriller that combines fascinating, authentic mountaineering experience with pure thriller entertainment. The suspense rises like the Nepalese mountain it is set on. Reminded me of the best of Michael Crichton, where in-depth knowledge and a masterful plot work together to create a tense adrenaline-fuelled ride. I loved it‘ — Matt Haig ― Sunday Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library
‘Nail-biting, chilling, totally exhilarating…a true triumph’ — Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars
‘I loved it. I read it in two sittings. It was so tense by the end, the air in my bedroom felt as thin as in the mountains. I think it’s a total triumph of a thriller.‘ — Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of That Night
‘A breathtaking book set at 8000 metres – the air alone can kill you, and there’s a killer on the loose too. I absolutely loved this, the author’s incredible knowledge of mountaineering really shone through – a real page-turner that I read in a couple of days. Tense, terrifying and fascinating in equal measure‘– Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet
‘Tense, chilling and terrifying with unforgettable characters and an unpredictable and atmospheric plot. One of the most original thrillers I’ve read. It deserves to be huge!’ — Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Seen Alive
‘Breathless is a thriller that moves at a breakneck pace through the ice-packed dangers of the Death Zone. I felt like I was on the mountain and raced to the end. Read it, and it’ll leave you breathless, too‘ — Laura Lam ― Sunday Times bestselling author of Seven Devils and Goldilocks
‘It’s rare that a thriller actually lives up to that word. But here – in the jeopardy its characters are plunged into, in the story’s twists and turns, and in the true star of the novel, the mountain itself – Breathless truly manages to thrill‘ — James Smythe ― author of I Still Dream
‘A truly breathtaking thriller. It had me gasping and guessing with every turn of a page. The audacity of the adventure is only matched by the brilliance of McCulloch’s deft and evocative writing‘ — Kim Curran ― author of the Slay series
Amen was born in Lagos and moved to London as a teenager almost twenty years ago. Since then, he says “I’ve enjoyed so many wonderful life experiences that have led me to this moment. I’m an author, a lawyer, a husband, and a father… and I love every moment.”
We’re delighted to welcome him to Bay Tales Live ahead of the publication of his debut novel
Included in ‘BBC News Books 2022: A pick of what’s coming up’; and ‘Dead Good Books: Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2022, A Good Day to Die is going to be one of the books of the year!
Amen’s debut novel is released by Quercus on February 17th.
His real name: Unknown
His code of conduct: Don’t be a pawn in someone else’s game. Never underestimate the enemy. Above all, survive. There is no glory in death.
His mission: It’s been ten years since Pretty Boy has left the big city – but today he’s back. No one knows why, but it’s clear that revenge is on his mind: he is determined to make the person responsible for his exile from the London scene finally pay. But his plans seem derailed when he takes possession of a bracelet, unaware that its original owner has set a high price for its safe return. Suddenly, the hunter becomes the hunted and Pretty Boy will have to find out if it is indeed a ‘good day to die’.
Jam-packed with action, an unforgettable cast of characters and peppered with dry humour, A Good Die To Die is the British answer to The Wire and marks the arrival of a fresh and exciting new voice in thriller writing.
What Others Are Saying:
‘Action-packed, gripping, and wildly entertaining, A Good Day To Die is a cracking crime thriller. Amen Alonge is a powerful new voice in thriller writing and a talent to watch’ – Adam Hamdy, Sunday Times bestselling author.
‘If UK hip hop was a book, it would be A Good Day To Die. A smart, gritty, action-packed thriller that invokes the spirit of Chester Himes’ – William Shaw
‘This is cracker of a debut, sharp and brutal, with a body count that would make Tarantino blink’ – Trevor Wood
Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer. In a previous life, she completed a diploma in anatomy and physiology then a BSc in Chiropractic before she succumbed to the creative itch and embarked on an MA in Creative writing. In 2015, she began writing Play Dead For Me (formerly titled Too Close to Breathe), a crime thriller that was published to critical acclaim in 2018 and features Dublin detective, Frankie Sheehan.
The second in the series The Killer In Me was called a “captivating new thriller” by the Wall Street Journal, “a high-stakes noir page-turner” by Bookpage.com and “a nail-bitingly good read” by Mystery Scene. The third in the DCS Frankie Sheehan series If Looks Could Kill was released in 2020 and the fourth The Murder Box is now available in Hardback.
Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. After training at the Press Association, she spent eleven years at the Guardian as a news reporter and political correspondent before leaving to freelance and write fiction.
Anatomy of a Scandal, her 3rd novel and her first courtroom drama/psychological thriller, combined these experiences and became an instant international bestseller, and Sunday Times top five bestseller. Translated into 23 languages, it was also a kindle number 1 bestseller, and has just been filmed as a six-part mini-series for Netflix, written by David E Kelley, and starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Friend.
Little Disasters was a Waterstones thriller of the month, WH Smith paperback of the month, Kindle bestseller, has been published in the US and various countries, and is in the process of being adapted for TV.
Her fifth novel, Reputation, is published on March 3rd in the UK, and July in the US, and has also been optioned for the screen.
Sunday Times bestselling author Louise Candlish was born in Northumberland, grew up in the Midlands town of Northampton, and moved to the capital to study English at University College London. She is the author of 15 novels, including the #1 bestseller Our House, winner of the British Book Awards 2019 Crime & Thriller Book of the Year and soon to air on ITV as a four-part drama starring Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones.
The Other Passenger, a noir tale of adultery and double crossing set among the Thames river commuters, is Louise’s first Richard & Judy Book Club pick and was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2021. An international bestseller, it is now in development for the screen in the US.
Louise’s latest release is The Heights, a twisty revenge thriller whose narrator, Ellen, has a strange fear of heights known as ‘high place phenomenon’. To be published in paperback in the US in March 2022 and the UK in June 2022, it has also been optioned for TV.
Louise lives in South London with her husband, teenage daughter and fox-red Labrador Bertie.
Gytha Lodge is a Sunday Times bestselling writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge.
After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards, and developed a large online following for her young adult and children’s writing, with over seven million reads accrued on platform Wattpad.
She Lies in Wait, her debut novel, was a Richard & Judy Book Club Pick and was her first book to become a Sunday Times bestseller. With nail-biting cases that hook you in, and heart that keeps you coming back for more, Lodge’s highly-acclaimed Jonah Sheens series – which also includes Watching from the Dark and Lie Beside Me – has kept readers gripped from beginning to end, and Lodge has been acclaimed as ‘a gifted writer’ by The Daily Mail. Little Sister is her fourth novel and will be published by Penguin Michael Joseph on April 28.
Praise for Gytha Lodge:
‘Gripped me from the first page and kept me turning the pages long into the night’ – Erin Kelly
‘Fast-paced but never rushed, with clues and twists to keep you absolutely hooked from the first page to the last’ – Jane Casey
Born in Bristol and raised in Lagos, Nikki May is Anglo-Nigerian. At twenty, she dropped out of medical school, moved to London, and began a career in advertising, going onto run a successful agency. Her debut novel Wahala is inspired by a long lunch with friends.
It has been published around the world and is being turned into a major BBC TV serial. Nikki lives in Dorset with her husband and two standard Schnauzers.
‘Funny, fast-paced and shocking. I loved it’ – PAULA HAWKINS, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and A SLOW FIRE BURNING
‘I got so immersed in the lives of Simi, Ronke and Boo, such flawed, lovable women, I just raced through it’ – CLARE CHAMBERS, author of SMALL PLEASURES
‘Wow, what a debut! Warm and fun. I was left wanting more of Nikki’s brilliant writing about food and friendship. And I loved watching the more sinister side to the story emerge. Fantastic!’ – SARAH PEARSE, author of THE SANATORIUM
‘Love that SEX AND THE CITY has finally met moi-moi and plantain with a whole lot of WAHALA thrown in’ – ROSANNA AMAKA, author of THE BOOK OF ECHOES
‘Sometimes it’s not enough to just read a novel, you actually want to climb inside it’ – CLARE POOLEY, author of THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT
‘Witty, contemporary, and sharply observed. An illicit peek into the very secret lives of women’ – NITA PROSE, author of THE MAID