Authors ‘in the firing line’

“In the Firing Line” is a new feature on my blog, a series of questions and answers with authors but the twist being the posts are all the answer to a single question. Check out the first question and you’ll see what I mean.

Huge thanks to all the authors who’ve taken the time to participate in this unusual Q and A.  You can find out more about each of the participants below:


Susi (S.J.I) Holliday is a writer of crime/horror fiction and short stories. You can follow Susi on Twitter @SJIHolliday or visit her website: Her most recent book is The Lingering, a mystery / thriller and ghost story all rolled into one.

Sarah Ward is the author of the DC Childs crime series set in the Derbyshire Peak District, the fourth book in the series, The Shrouded Path, was published in September 2018. You can see my review of Sarah’s debut novel In Bitter Chill.  Sarah also blogs at

Chris Whitaker’s much acclaimed debut novel Tall Oaks, won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger in 2017.  His second novel, All The Wicked Girls, was published in August 2017.

Mari Hannah is the author of the popular Kate Daniels crime series and the new Stone and Oliver series and is the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Chair. Mari’s latest book, The Insider, the second in the Stone and Oliver seres was published in November 2018 and the next in the series, The Scandal, will be published on March 7, 2019.  You can connect with Mari on Twitter @mariwriter or look her up at


Hanna Jameson wrote her debut, the excellent Something You Are, at the age of 17 and it was nominated for the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award. Her latest book, The Last, is a change of direction, described as a “post-Trump dystopian thriller” and is published at the end of January. 

Elizabeth Haynes is the author of seven books, including Into the Darkest Corner, a worldwide bestseller. Her latest book, The Murder of Harriet Monckton, is historical crime fiction based on true events. 

Quentin Bates writes the Gunnhildur (Gunna) Gísladóttir series of crime novels set in Iceland. As well as writing his own fiction, he has become a busy translator, having translated Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series of five novels and Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s Reykjavik Noir trilogy into English for Orenda Books. There are a number of articles and reviews on my blog featuring Quentin

David Jackson is the author of a series of crime thrillers featuring Irish-American NYPD Detective Callum Doyle and a second police procedural Liverpool-set series featuring DS Nathan Cody. 


William Shaw is the author of not one but two series of detective books. His ‘Breen and Tozer‘ books are set in late sixties London while the second series are located on the desolate Kent coastline. The first in the series was Salt Lane but this is also linked to The Birdwatcher

Fergus McNeill sets his Detective Inspector Harland series in  contemporary Bristol. In a change of direction the action in his latest book, Ashes of America, takes place in Switzerland during World War II.  

V M Giambanco writes the Alice Madison police procedural series set, despite being born in Italy and living in London, in Seattle. You can my review of Blood and Bone on my blog. 

Mark Edwards writes solo psychological thrillers ‘in which scary things happen to ordinary people’ as well as partnering with Louise Voss to write crime / psychological thrillers. His latest book is In Her Shadow, a gripping tale of family secrets, lies and obsession.  


Anna Mazzola writes historical crime fiction with a literary leaning. Her debut, The Unseeing, in London in 1837, won an Edgar Award. Her second novel, The Story Keeper (just out in paperback) is set on the Isle of Skye in 1857.

Simon Booker is an accomplished screenwriter and author. His contemporary crime series features the investigative reporter Morgan Vine and is set on the Kent Coast. 

Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy. She lives and writes in London. The Tall Man is her debut thriller – my review here


Barbara Nadel sets her Inspector Ikmen series in Turkey and the series now runs to 20 books with the number 21, A Knife to the Heart, due for publication in May. Her other books include the Hakim and Arnold mysteries, set in London and featuring Ex-soldier Lee Arnold and his Muslim assistant Mumtaz Hakim. 

Lilja Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic born author of novels, stageplays and screenplays. The first two books of her Reykjavík Noir Trilogy (Snare and Trap) have been published in English by Orenda Books, translated by Quentin Bates.  

Steven Dunne is the author of the Derby-based DI Brook series of police procedurals. You can read my review of The Unquiet Grave on my blog. 


Rachel Amphlett writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series as well as the occasional standalone. Out in January Bridge to Burn is the seventh murder mystery in the Kay Hunter series. 

Nick Quantrill is a Hull-based author writing the Joe Geraghty crime novels, featuring a small time rugby league player turned Private Investigator. You can read my review of the third book in the series, The Crooked Beat, on my blog. 

Cath Staincliffe is an author and scriptwriter and writes a number of crime fiction series, including the Scott & Bailey novels based on the TV series, and also set in Manchester the Sal Kilkenny series.  She has also written a number of standalone novels including Blink of an Eye which I reviewed in 2013. 

Derek Farrell is the author of The Danny Bird Mysteries – ‘Death of a Diva’ ‘Death of a Nobody,’ ‘Death of a Devil,’ and the upcoming ‘Death of an Angel’ –  all published by Fahrenheit Press. He’s 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.