Guardian Masterclass

On Monday Feb 22nd, I'll be teaching a crime fiction masterclass with Simon Toyne and Charles Cumming. Book a place here.

Bath Literary Festival

On Sunday Feb 28th, I'll be discussing suspense with Sam Baker and Stephanie Merritt. Book your ticket here.

Kings Place

On March 14, I'll be appearing at Kings Place along with the murder squad detective, DS Graham McMillan, who helps me with my research, in an event chaired by Mark Lawson. Book tickets here.

Ely library

I'll be at Ely Library for an event organised by Topping & Company bookshop on the evening of March 9th, with DS McMillan. Book here.


I'll be at Crimefest on Saturday, May 21, in a panel discussion about police procedurals with Peter James. Book tickets here.

Missing, Presumed will be published by Penguin Random House in the US in June and Harper Collins in Canada. It has been optioned by Clerkenwell Films in the UK.


I am represented by Sarah Ballard at United Agents.

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I grew up in north London and studied English at York University, which is when I first fell in love with Yorkshire, the setting for my first novel, Homecoming. Following university, I returned to London and worked as researcher to the Labour chief whip in the House of Commons for a time, before joining an in-house journalism training scheme on a local London paper.

I moved on to national papers as a news reporter - first the Evening Standard, then the Daily Telegraph, then The Times, where I moved from news to features. In 2001 I joined The Guardian as a commissioning editor on Weekend magazine. I stayed at the paper for 11 years, writing and editing across print and web. I left the paper in 2012, when my novel sold to Faber & Faber.

My second novel, Missing, Presumed, is a crime thriller which will be published by Harper Collins in the UK, and by Random House in the US. I am currently working on its sequel.

I live with my husband and two sons in north London.