Hall of Fame

The following are authors who have appeared on Bay Tales or who have supported us in some way.

They range in terms of their experience and publishing history.

We’re not just about big name, published authors – because we know that some of the most exciting writers out there haven’t been discovered yet.

But what all of our Hall of Fame authors have in common is a passion for crime and mystery.

Click on a photo for full profile where the author has provided one

Suzy Aspley

Suzy is a winner of Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect competition and was one of the earliest contributors to our Virtual Noir at the Bar shows where she also appeared with a memorable tale in our Halloween Special. You can find out more about her by clicking on the image and, if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, read her chilling short story Derry Lodge here.

Simon Bewick

Simon is one half of Bay Tales and Virtual Noir at the Bar. As well as editing “Noir from the Bar“, a charity fundraising collection featuring Noir authors, he’s published a few books himself. Click on the photo for more detail or, if you’re a Friends of the Bay member you can find a novella of his here.

Neil Broadfoot

A former journalist, Neil Broadfoot’s debut novel, “Falling Fast“, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and the Bloody Scotland Book of the Year Award. 

His Stirling-set series, featuring close protection expert Connor Fraser, has been hailed as “tense, fast moving and bloody”. 

“No Man’s Land” was longlisted for the 2019 McIlvanney Award. For more information about Neil, click on his photo. If you’re a Friend of the Bay, you can read an exclusive article by Neil.

Steve Cavanagh

Steve is the bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn novels and standalone thrillers. He has won the CWA God Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year (The Liar) and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the year in 2019 for Thirteen. Click on the photo for Steve’s full profile. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can see Steve’s appearance on Bay Tales Live.

Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves

Ann is the winner of the most respected award in British Crime Writing – the Diamond Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association, and the author of over thirty novels including the Shetland series and Vera, both hugely successful television series. Click on the image for a fuller profile of Ann and, if you’re a Friend of the Bay, you can see her in an extended interview on Bay Tales Live #3 here.

Luke Deckard

Luke is a London-based crime writer and Creative Writing PhD student at Kingston University. He was written various short crime fiction stories, novellas, and essays and was a 2020 Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect finalist. Luke has edited short story anthologies for Kingston University and for Virtual Noir at the Bar’s “Noir From the Bar“. He is also the co-convenor for the CWA London Chapter. You can find him on twitter @lukewritescrimes.

Member of Friends of the Bay? Read an exclusive short story from Luke.

Gavin Dimmock

Gavin is a Writing Magazine Short Story Winner, “New Voices” Award Nominee at Capital Crime 2019 and a “Northern Noir” Winner at Bradford Lit Festival 2018. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can read his short story The Heart of Maisie-Rae here. Click on the image to see Gavin’s full profile

Philippa East

Philippa’s debut novel Little White Lies was longlisted for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and shortlisted for the CWA ‘New Blood’ Award 2020.

Her next book “Safe and Sound” is another twisty and compelling tale, and will be released in February 2021. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can read an exclusive sample today.

Click on the photo for a full description and biography of Philippa.

Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards is the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger – the highest honour in UK crime writing. As Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine commented, he has “earned distinction in every area of the crime-fiction field” Martin spent two years as Chair of the CWA and in 2015 he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club. For a fuller profile click on the image. And, if you are a member of Friends of the Bay, you can read an extended essay Martin has written for us on his views on the short story.

Derek Farrell

Derek is the author of five Danny Bird Mysteries, all published by Fahrenheit Press. Click on the photo for his full profile and more information about Danny Bird, or, if you’re a Friends of the Bay member, read three chapters from the first Danny Bird book “Death of a Diva“, or to read an exclusive background on the origins of the character (Bird, not Derek…) visit our non-fiction section.

Helen Fields

Helen is the author of the Callanach novels, as well as historical and legal thrillers. Her most recent publication is the chilling The Shadow Man. Click on the image for a full profile and the chance to see Helen answering questions from four of our favourite authors at the launch of her latest book. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can read an exclusive short story from Helen here.

Susi Holliday

Susi Holliday’s short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham Prize. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, check out Susi’s exclusive short story.

Tony Hutchinson

Tony was involved in the detection of over 40 murder investigations throughout his police career including his time as Detective Superintendent in charge of Cleveland Police’s Murder Squad. He approaches his writing with the premise ‘if that crime occurred, how would I investigate it? Click on the photo for Tony’s full profile and, if you’re a Friends of the Bay member see him appearing on Bay Tales Live 2.

Peter James

Peter James, creator of the much-loved DS Roy Grace series needs little introduction. With 17 Sunday Times No. 1s and over 20 million copies sold to date, we were thrilled to have Peter as our very first guest on Bay Tales Live. If you’re a Friend of the Bay you can view the full show here. Click on the image for Peter’s fuller author profile.

Roxie Key

Roxie is a writer from Northampton. Ahead of the publication of her first novel, she is our in-house favourite book critic. Click on the image for Roxie’s full profile or, if you’re a Friends of the Bay member then you can read an exclusive short story from Roxie.

Margaret Kirk

Writer of ‘Highland Noir’ Scottish crime fiction with a gothic twist, set in and around her home town of Inverness, Margaret Kirk won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition with her debut novel “Shadow Man”. Click on Margaret’s photo to read more about her. Member of Friends of the Bay? Click here for Margaret’s review of Craig Russell’s “Hyde”.

Louise Mangos

Louise is the author of “Strangers on a Bridge” and “Her Husband’s Secrets“, published by HQ. Click on the photo for a full profile and more information about Louise’s books or, if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can read her winning entry to Crimefest’s 2017 Flash Bang competition.

Danny Marshall

Danny was born and raised in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Influenced by the dark industrial architecture, steep wooded valleys, and vast bleak moors of the Calderdale Pennines, he writes thrillers tinged with horror, exploring the impact of geography and isolation. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can read his short story I Survived!”

His debut novel “Anthrax Island” will be published Spring 2021.

Nicola Martin

Nicola is the author of “Dead Ringer“, the tense and compelling debut described by the Daily Mail as a book that will delight fans of “Killing Eve“. Click on the photo to see a full profile of Nicola, and, if you’re a Friend of the Bay member, you can read Nicola’s article 5 ways to deepen the emotion in your psychological thriller.

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald is the author of “A Wash of Black” and “Whispers In The Dark“, the first two books in the DI Erika Piper series. He has also dabbled in cosy crime – “The Stonebridge Mysteries” – due for release in early 2021. Click on Chris’s photo for his full profile and, if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can read an exclusive short story by Chris.

Jackie McLean

Jackie is the author of the DI Donna Davenport series, described as a ‘superbly plotted and gripping police procedural that will leave you breathless‘ by Tana Collins. Click on the photo to see a full profile of Jackie and, if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can find a non-fiction piece Jackie has written on the nature of Noir.

Effie Merryl

Effie is a woman of many names … as you’ll see when you start to look at her profile page. What you should know is she’s an ex-cop who who writes great fiction. Click on her photo to see her full profile and bibliography. And if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can find a specially written short story by Effie.

Louise Mumford

Since being discovered by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival in 2019, Louise Mumford’s writing career has been something of a whirlwind. Her debut thriller, “Sleepless”, was published by HQ Digital in December 2020.

Click on Louise’s photo to read more about her. Member of Friends of the Bay? Check out Louise’s short story “Night Watch” here or click here to read an exclusive sample of her debut novel “Sleepless”.

Rachel Sargeant

Rachel is a Top Ten-Kindle bestselling author, published by HarperCollins.

Click on the photo for a full description and biography of Rachel.

And if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can read Rachel’s fascinating article on the lengths and breadths of sub genres within Crime Writing today.

Rob Scragg

Rob is the author of the Porter and Styles series, as well as the contributor to numerous short story collections. Click on the photo for his full profile and book information. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can find three exclusive flash fiction pieces from Rob in our Fiction section.

Dave Sivers

Dave is the author of nine novels including the popular Archer and Baines books and a new series featuring DI Nathan Quarrel. Co-founder of the BeaconLit book festival you can read Dave’s full profile by clicking on the image or, if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, read his short story ‘One Last Job‘.

Ian Skewis

Ian Skewis is the author of No.1 Bestseller A Murder Of Crows which was longlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize and won the Gold Acorn for best audiobook, which Ian also narrated. If you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can read The Uninvited Guest – an exclusive short story from Ian. Click on the photo for a full profile.

Eve Smith

Eve’s debut novel The Waiting Rooms was released in 2020 and made a lot of readers’ books of the year list (including one half of the Bay Tales team). If you’re a Friend of the Bay you can read Resistance – something of a flash companion piece to Eve’s novel. Click on the image for Eve’s full profile.

Cath Staincliffe

Cath is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, radio playwright and also the creator
of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder. Her standalone titles tend to focus on the psychological impact on ordinary people when they are caught up in extraordinary events. You can click on the image for a fuller profile of Cath and her work, and, if you’re a Friend of the Bay, see her interview as part of Bay Tales Live #3 here.

Russ Thomas

Russ is the author of “Firewatching“, described as the ‘Red hot debut of 2020’ by Sarah Hilary. Click on the photo to see a full profile of Russ and if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay, you can find an exclusive short story Russ has written for us – “Doorstepped“.

Paul Waters

Paul Waters is a Belfast-born, Buckinghamshire-based crime writer and the author of Blackwatertown, a historical crime thriller set on the Irish border in the 1950s. He’s also the co-presenter of the We’d Like A Word books and authors podcast, which was runner-up Books Podcast of the Year at the 2020 London Book Fair. Click on the image to find out more about Paul, and if you’re a member of Friends of the Bay you can read his non-fiction article considering who really owns a story here.

Olga Wojtas

Longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020, Olga is the writer of unconventional postmodern crime fiction. Her surrealist humour has been compared to the likes of PG Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde and the Marx Brothers. Friend of the Bay? You can read Olga’s short story, “The Humber Convertible” here.