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 will be published in 2021.
Download a sample of Robert's work - Echo Rock - A Rock Ghost Story for free here.
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. Antony is currently working on prequels and sequels to Hunted.
We are thrilled to have published the first novel in Alison's new series, the Quirk Files, Over Her Dead Body in 2021. This is the first we hope of many tales featuring husband-and-wife private investigators Peddyr and Connie Quirk. They are, as you’d expect, quirky. Their first major case is to help recently divorced Gabby Dixon uncover who’s responsible for declaring her dead and stealing all her money, identity and assets. Is there more to the story than a matter of stolen identity? Can Peddyr and Connie solve the mystery and bring Gabby back to life? 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. Book Two will also be publishing in 2021 (we are reading the first draft now!).
We are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. 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.
Blood Loss published on 23 March 2021.
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 ten books now published and is presently writing the tenth crime novel 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 will be published this spring.
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.
Due spring 2020 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, is currently writing her fifth novel, another suspense staring the accidental private investigative duo.
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!
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.
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 the Pan books of short horror stories that used to be so popular. 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.
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.
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. And in Lewis's newest novel, The Angel of Whitehall, Cade is drawn back to London once more to fight corruption at the heart of government, as he unearths a long-established people trafficking operation with links to illegal diamond smuggling. Can Cade protect the former naval officer who is the last living clue to unravelling this dark conspiracy, or will he be thwarted by the shadowy forces that want Cade's contact silenced?
Lewis is currently writing Book Five - we eagerly await it!
Hobeck are delighted to be publishing the forthcoming psychological suspense novel Daria's Daughter by our new signed author Linda Huber. Set in Glasgow, the book features three mothers, all very ordinary yet extra-ordinary, who have one thing in common: the mysterious yet powerful bond of motherhood. One day their individual realities are explosively altered - the central question is, what will happen if and when their paths cross once more? 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. Linda talks about her writing in a short interview here.
Hobeck is thrilled to welcome Terri Nixon to the Hobeck Team. Writing as R. D. Nixon, she will be publishing her new 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 further ten novels, with a twelfth due out December 2020. 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 published on 1 June 2021.
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).
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 are thrilled to be publishing later this year. In addition to crime writing, she 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.
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: Islamic terrorism, Russian gangsters and war crimes in her debut Blind Side (a thriller set in the year of London’s 2005 terror attacks), domestic abuse and sexual exploitation in her second, The Girl in His Eyes. Her third book, a wander over to the lighter side of life, is Not Having It All: a wickedly funny, feel-good novel about love, lies and middle-age.
Her fourth book – due out at the end of 2021 with Hobeck Books – is a crime thriller with a strong psychological element, which ventures into the shadowy world of London drug gangs and police corruption.
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.