Robert Daws is a celebrated British actor and author of the bestselling Sullivan and Broderick crime series, set in Gibraltar. Hobeck published the third in the series Killing Rock in July 2020, and the fourth novel, Rock To Death is forthcoming (no date yet).
Download a sample of Robert's work - Echo Rock - A Rock Ghost Story for free here.
We are thrilled to have published the first, second and third novels in Alison's new series in ebook, paperback and audio, the Quirk Files with the fourth one due soon. The series kicks off with Over Her Dead Body in 2021, featuring husband-and-wife private investigators Peddyr and Connie Quirk. They are, as you’d expect, quirky. Over Her Dead Body was shortly followed by Throttled, also published in 2021 by Hobeck, and then Verity Vanishes, published in 2022. Rendered Incapable is due out June 2023. Since her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, which published in 2017 to glowing reviews, Alison has gone on to produce five more novels under her penname of A B Morgan. There is no stopping her now. She is a writer first and foremost. We are so pleased she has joined the Hobeck author team. A B Morgan is working on book four!
Hobeck published Wendy Turbin's brilliant debut crime novel, Sleeping Dogs in 2021. Described by one reviewer as 'a book you won't want to put down', Sleeping Dogs is first in a series featuring private investigator Penny Wiseman. Expect wonderfully vivid characters, quirky humour and riveting plot full of twists and surprises. Wendy is a graduate of the celebrated Creative Writing MA course at the University of East Anglia. Wendy is currently working on Book Two.
Hobeck Books has now published three books by Linda, Daria's Daughter, Pact of Silence and The Un-Family. Daria's Daughter is available in ebook, paperback and audio.
Linda has been writing since she was a child, getting inspiration from everyday events and conversation and always asking: What If? It's a great question.
A native of Glasgow, Stacey Murray was an international finance lawyer in London and Hong Kong, before changing career to become an independent film producer. Her first film, A Boy Called Dad, was acquired by the BBC and nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (which meant she got to chat with Sean Connery). She lives in the dramatic Derbyshire Peak District which is the setting for her tense psychological novel The Thief of Joy. Her first novel was the acclaimed The Curious Case of Maggie Macbeth. You can follow her on Twitter @TheStacemeister.
You could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author, but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route. Malcolm worked in education for many years, including teaching in Cairo for a while. Malcolm has been happily married to Debbie for over forty years. They met in their first weekend at Ripon college through strange and unusual circumstances. Serendipity was certainly cupid on that occasion. Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories, has twelve books now published in the Harrogate Crime Series. He is also working on the third book of the Merseyside Crime Series which Hobeck will be publishing. The books introduce us to DI April Decent and DS Skeeter Warlock. Malcolm has enjoyed many diverse hobbies including flying light aircraft, gliders and paragliders, learning to fly at Liverpool Airport, designing and making leaded windows and collecting works by Northern artists.
Catch as Catch Can and Syn published in 2021. The third book is due out in 2023.
Photograph (c) Tony Bithell
Harry Fisher is originally from Leith (the port of Edinburgh) but lives in Aberdeen with his wife, Shiona. They’re both into travel, outdoor activities, wine and food. They share their home with their crazy Hungarian Vizsla – his job is to stop them seizing up completely.
Prior to self-publishing his debut crime thriller, Harry had never written a word of fiction. So he just launched in – cold turkey for authors. Way Beyond A Lie is set in Edinburgh, with themes that are bang up to date: identity theft and cybercrime. During two Free Book Promotions in 2020, it was downloaded 2,700 times over five days.
His second book Be Sure Your Sins is #1 in the DS Mel Cooper series. Also set in Edinburgh, it involves six events that happen to six people that destroy six lives. It’s not a sequel but Way Beyond A Lie readers told Harry they loved Mel and her sidekick Andrew Young so, easy decision, they got their own show.
Published in spring 2022, is #2 in the DS Mel Cooper series Yes, I Killed Her. A story of the perfect murder – with a twist. Then another one.
Harry loves talking to readers about crime writing. Covid has meant that online has become the norm but he’d far rather meet people face to face.
Sue Shepherd writes contemporary romance and enjoys creating novels with heart, laughs and naughtiness. She has published three contemporary romance novels since 2015, Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret?, Love Them and Leave Them and Can’t Get You Out of My Head.
Realising that one of the parts she enjoyed most about writing was deciding when to let the reader in on the secrets from her characters’ past, Sue switched genres and wrote a suspense novel entitled Swindled. Hobeck is thrilled to be publishing Swindled later in 2021.
Too fond of the two main characters in Swindled to let them go, Sue, who will be writing crime as S.E. Shepherd for Hobeck, has followed up Swindled with her fifth novel, Cousin Ash, another suspense staring the accidental private investigative duo. S.E. Shepherd is already onto Book 3!
Sue lives on the picturesque Isle of Wight with her husband, two sons, a standard poodle named Forrest and a Cavachon called Sky. Her passions in life are; her family, writing, the seaside and all the beautiful purple things her sons have bought her over the years. Ask Sue to plan too far in advance and you'll give her the heebie-jeebies and she'd prefer you not to mention Christmas until at least November!
Yorkshire born, Judi has lived, worked and made theatre in Norfolk for the last forty years. She completed her MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2019.
Judi has been a horror fan since her teenage years. Spurred on by BBC television adaptations of M. R. James stories, she began to read everything from Dennis Wheatley to those Pan books of short horror stories that used to be so popular. She tells us that she is also one of the few people who can claim to have actually read Melmoth The Wanderer and other gothic classics, including, of course, Dracula.
Judi is also a working actor and runs her own theatre company, Broad Horizons. Recently she narrated Sleeping Dogs for Wendy Turbin and is looking forward to doing more of these. Her DS Sara Hirst crime novels are published by Joffe Books.
A Londoner with Irish heritage, Jennie Ensor writes dark, gritty psychological suspense and thrillers as well as darkly comic fiction. She began her writing career as a journalist and loves to tackle controversial issues in her novels. Previous books include Blind Side, The Girl in His Eyes and Not Having It All.
Her fourth book, Silenced, published in 2021 by Hobeck Books, is a crime thriller with a strong psychological element, which ventures into the shadowy world of London drug gangs and police corruption. She's currently working on her fifth book.
Ms Ensor lives in north London with her husband and their Airedale terrier. She writes poetry as well as novels, some of which is published in UK and overseas journals; ‘Lost Connection’ placed second in its category in the 2020 Fish Lockdown Prize. In her spare time (?) she reads widely, sings choral music and practices yoga. She is a fiendish walker and regularly cycles the punishing local hills. Evenings she can often be found collapsed in front of a TV crime drama with a bar of chocolate/glass of strong alcohol.
Jennie's second Hobeck Book, The Bad Neighbour, a cosy crime with a dark twist set during the Covid pandemic, is now published (May 2023).
Jonathan Peace is a husband, cat-dad and author of the WDC Louise Miller novels.
A Yorkshire lad at heart, Jonathan sets his gritty psychological police procedurals in a fictionalised version of his hometown during the 1980s. The first book, Dirty Little Secret was published in 2022 by Hobeck Books, with the second in the series, From Sorrow's Hold publishing a month later. Cut and Shut published in early 2023.
Jonathan has a degree in creative writing at Derby University.
He now lives and works out of his home in Derbyshire, where he shares his writing office with his author wife, Lucy, and their three cats.
Jonathan is a member of the Crime Writers' Association.
Rae Sargeant joins Hobeck with Her Deadly Friend, the first in a new series that blends crime with suspense. Set in the city of Gloucester, the book features Steph, a fun-loving detective inspector with secrets to keep and an unpredictable killer to catch. Rae’s previous titles, published under the name of Rachel Sargeant, have been translated into other European languages and include a suspense story, a police whodunnit and a Top-Ten Kindle bestselling psychological thriller. Her short stories have appeared in women’s magazines and charity anthologies, and she is a winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition. After many years in Germany, Rae now lives in Gloucestershire with her family. Her hobbies are reading (of course) and visiting stately homes, country parks and coffee shops. She is currently studying for a research degree at the University of Birmingham.
Rob Gittins is a screenwriter and novelist. Rob's written for almost all the top-rated network TV dramas from the last thirty years, including Casualty, EastEnders, The Bill, Heartbeat and Vera, as well as over thirty original radio plays for BBC Radio 4.
He's previously had six novels published by Y Lolfa to high critical acclaim. Rob's first novel for Hobeck, I'm Not There, is a crime thriller and the first of a new series set on the idyllic, if occasionally sinister and disturbing, Isle of Wight.
Rob's second book with Hobeck, a psychological thriller, The Devil's Bridge Affair, published in October 2022. Rob's third Hobeck book, Can I Trust You?, is publishing in October 2023.
Hilly attended Rochester College of Art to experience an excellent Foundation Course, which led to a degree course in Graphic Design at Central School of Art and Design in London. Here, she led a colourful life, which she has woven into many of her stories.
After her degree course, she went on a woodworking course to make furniture. Combining her art and woodworking skills, she got a stall at Covent Garden Craft Market to sell hand-made chess and backgammon sets.
She moved to Brighton, a fabulous city and this is where Best Served Cold is set. After teaching Design Technology for fifteen years, she gave it all up to relocate to Órgiva in southern Spain. She has been here for the last seven years, living happily in an old farmhouse on an organic fruit farm in the mountains, with her partner and two rescue dogs.
Hilly is also part of Artists’ Network Alpujarra (ANA), a community of artists who have exhibited extensively in the region of the Alpujarra. She also makes ceramics, jewellery, and up-cycles anything not nailed down.
We are thrilled to have published Antony Dunford's debut action adventure thriller Hunted in 2021. Set on a Kenyan wildlife reserve where poachers threaten to wipe out the world's last remaining Northern White rhinos, it features Jane Haven, a former Norwegian special forces soldier and her battle to protect both the people and the animals she loves. Like fellow Hobeck author Wendy Turbin, Antony is graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA course. The prequel to Hunted, Born the Same, is publishing May 2023. Antony is currently working on the sequel to Hunted.
Lewis Hastings came to us by the magic of serendipity during the lockdown of spring 2020 and six months later we had published his action-packed series of four thrillers, the Seventh Wave trilogy and the fourth John 'Jack' Cade novel The Angel of Whitehall. The brilliant Seventh Wave trilogy pits Cade against an international conspiracy that leads back to the heart of British government, and pushes Cade and his team to their limits and beyond. Hobeck Books published Lewis's fifth novel, The Chemist, in February 2022. There is more to come...
We are thrilled to be the publishers of Kerena's crime series featuring DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy. Blood Loss published in 2021 and Driven in 2022. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See You, Scared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.
Writing as R. D. Nixon, Terri has published her Clifford-Mackenzie crime series with us. Terri was born in Plymouth, Devon, but during her childhood her family moved to the moorland village of North Hill in Cornwall. There, at the age of nine, Terri discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one's ever offered to pay her for doing those. Terri's first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, in 2013, and since then she has published a few more since then. Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She has returned to Plymouth, and works in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Business at Plymouth University... where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don't possess pens.
Mark Wightman was born in Edinburgh before growing up in the Far East, in Hong Kong and Singapore. The idea of writing a novel set in Singapore had lain, sown but ungerminated, for a long time. He particularly wanted to explore the elements of history that lay at the margins, where the recorded facts have either faded or been hidden. After a successful career in media technology, Mark completed a master's degrees in Creative Writing, first at the University of Edinburgh, and then at the University of East Anglia, where he received a distinction for his debut novel Waking the Tiger. Mark was the winner of the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival in 2017, also for Waking the Tiger, and was selected to be one of the seventeen UNESCO City of Literature Story Shop emerging writers at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival. At Hobeck we feel honoured and privileged to be the publishers introducing Waking the Tiger to the reading world.
Waking the Tiger, which published in 2021, was longlisted for the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2021 and shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021, shortlisted for a Crime Writers' Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2022; and finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Awards Best First Novel 2022.
The follow up to Waking the Tiger, Chasing the Dragon, is publishing in the autumn of 2023.
Brian Price is a writer living in the South West of England. A scientist by training, he worked for the Environment Agency for twelve years and has also worked as an environmental consultant, a pharmacy technician and, for 26 years, as an Open University tutor.
Fatal Trade is his first full-length novel but he has contributed a number of short stories to a local writing group’s anthology, called Cuckoo. He is the author of Crime Writing: How to write the science, a guide for authors on the scientific aspects of crime. He has a website on this topic (www.crimewriterscience.co.uk) and advises crime writers on how to avoid scientific mistakes in their books. Brian also has a website about his writing (www.brianpriceauthor.com). Fatal Trade published in late 2021 and was shortly followed by Fatal Hate in 2022 and Fatal Dose in early 2023.
Brian reads a wide range of crime fiction himself and also enjoys Terry Pratchett, Genevieve Cogman and Philip Pullman. He may sometimes be found listening to rock, folk and 1960s psychedelic music. He is married and has four grown-up children.
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Lin Le Versha has drawn on her extensive experience in London and Surrey schools and colleges as the inspiration for her debut crime novel which Hobeck were thrilled published in 2021. That novel, Blood Notes, introduces Steph Grant and her four-legged companion, Derek. Shortly after came Blood Lines. The third book, Blood Ties, followed on in early 2023. In addition to crime writing, Lin has written over twenty plays exploring the issues faced by secondary school and sixth form students. Commissioned to work with Anne Fine on The Granny Project, she created the English and drama lesson activities for students aged 11 to 14.
Creative writing courses at the Arvon Foundation and ‘Ways with Words’ in Italy, encouraged Lin to enrol at the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Crime) and her debut novel was submitted as the final assessment for this excellent course.
Lin is the Director of the Southwold Arts Festival, comprising over thirty events in an eight-day celebration of the Arts.
Olly Jarvis is a thriller writer. His novels draw on his experiences as a practising criminal defence barrister. His first book, Death By Dangerous was longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2016. He subsequently wrote Cut-Throat Defence and Unconvicted, a two book series, published by Canelo.
He wrote and presented a documentary short on location in Sumatra for Radio 4 about tribal law, and a crime drama, Judgement, exploring a barrister’s thought processes when defending in a rape trial.
He is also the founder and presenter on thecrimehub.com. Launched in 2019, the site is about all things crime – both fact and fiction. He hosts interview podcasts with crime writers and people who work in the criminal justice system. He also produces solo voice monologues with leading writers and actors.
Julie Anderson is the CWA Dagger listed author of three Whitehall thrillers and a short series of historical adventure stories for young adults. Before becoming a crime fiction writer, she was a senior civil servant, working across a variety of departments and agencies, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Unlike her protagonists, however, she doesn’t know where (all) the bodies are buried.
She writes crime fiction reviews for Time and Leisure Magazine and is a co-founder and Trustee of the Clapham Book Festival.
She lives in south London where her latest crime fiction series is set, returning to her first love of writing historical fiction with The Midnight Man, to be published by Hobeck.
Maureen worked for over 25 years as an educational psychologist but has also worked as a teacher and an Open University Associate Lecturer. She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Glasgow MLitt in Creative Writing course where she was taught by Janice Galloway, Liz Lochhead, James Kelman, Alasdair Gray and Tom Leonard among others. She also has a PhD in Creative Writing. Her first novel The Search was published by Alma Books and was translated into Spanish, Dutch and Turkish. It was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was one of the books chosen to be read for the Festival du premier roman de Chambéry.
Maureen has been a voracious reader since the age of six when, fed up with her mum reading Noddy stories to her, she picked up her older brother’s copy of Enid Blyton’s The Valley of Adventure and devoured it in an evening. She hasn’t stopped reading since and loves literary fiction, historical fiction, crime fiction, psychological thrillers and contemporary fiction but not necessarily in that order. Her favourite book is The Secret History by Donna Tartt and go-to comfort read is Anne of Green Gables.
Maureen lives in Glasgow with her husband. She has three grownup children and six grandchildren who love to beat her at Bananagrams.
Maureen's first Hobeck book, The Confession, published in 2022 and the sequel, The Deception, is publishing in the summer of 2023.
Tony Gartland (writing as AJ Aberford) has enjoyed a varied career, having been both a corporate and banking lawyer, owning and running a private investment company and founding a leading Yorkshire craft brewery. Changing direction again, he is now a debut author of the Inspector George Zammit crime and thriller series.
Tony still keeps his house in Yorkshire, but lives primarily in Malta, which is the inspiration for the Inspector George Zammit series. Upon moving there, he soon became enthralled by the culture and history of the island that acts as a bridge between Europe and North Africa.
Malta’s position at the sharp end of the migrant crisis, as well as the rapid growth of its commercial and offshore-financial sectors, provide a rich backdrop for his writing. The culture, politics and geography of the southern Mediterranean continually throws-up surprises in this fascinating part of the world, nothing is ever what it seems, with the lines between right and wrong often blurred and twisted.
Tony lives with his wife, Janet, and has two grown-up sons, as well as grandchildren. He is a keen cook, an adventurous traveller, a cyclist and is currently writing the fifth book in the Inspector George Zammit series.