Persons Unknown is a Richard & Judy book club pick. Out in paperback. Order it here.

Manon is coming back! Remain Silent is due May 2020. Watch this space.

‘I loved it… Persons Unknown is like walking on quicksand, for reader and detective alike.'
– Val McDermid

'Strikingly modern...It is refreshing to see a detective grappling with real life dilemmas but they never get in the way of the plot, which is clever and original. A series to watch from a confident writer who draws even minor characters with care and sympathy.' – Sunday Times crime novel of the month

'Susie Steiner solidified the promise of last year’s debut, Missing, Presumed, with another hyper-realistic police procedural, Persons Unknown (Borough). Now pregnant, the refreshingly original detective Manon Bradshaw embarks on a personally troubling investigation of a banker’s stabbing.' – Mark Lawson's thrillers of the year 2017, The Guardian

'Winning prose, sympathetic characters and an appreciation of life’s joys as keen as a knowledge of its dangers.' – Wall Street Journal

'An ingeniously and extravagantly plotted, multi-voiced thrillride. It is also beautifully written, right from the bravura opening' – The Irish Times

‘Rarely are crime novels this well written, witty and wonderful. I would be very happy with a new Susie Steiner novel every month’ – Red

'A smart and funny rumination on motherhood.'
– The New York Times

Chosen as a 'compulsively readable' thriller by Oprah's book club

'I doubt I'll read a better crime novel this year. I'm already a Steiner addict,' – MARK BILLINGHAM

'Steiner has a quirky, evocative prose style that is often very funny and her novels are highly entertaining and full of memorable, well-rounded characters.' – JAKE KERRIDGE, SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Bradshaw is an engaging heroine, full of self-doubt and contradiction, but whose caustic wit gleams through the grim murder inquiry.' – Daily Mail

‘Susie Steiner goes from strength to strength: Persons Unknown is by turns tense and tender, gripping and moving, and always beautifully written. I didn’t read this book so much as live it: DI Manon Bradshaw is so convincingly human that I often wonder what she’s up to now’ ERIN KELLY, author of He Said, She Said

‘Missing, Presumed was one of the best crime novels I've read in years – Persons Unknown is even better. Susie Steiner writes so brilliantly, creating characters who take possession of your mind and your heart. This is a compelling, gripping novel, a superb continuation of a series that is taking crime fiction into new and exciting territory’ Jane Casey, author of LET THE DEAD SPEAK

‘The best new crime series in years’ SARAH PERRY

‘Superb storytelling – a joy to read. I am hooked on Manon Bradshaw’ RENEE KNIGHT, author of Disclaimer

‘Stylish, literary fiction at its very best’ PETER JAMES

‘It's even better than Missing, Presumed. It's ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. It's the best thing I've read in months and months. So intelligent about men and women and children, and love or the lack of it, and about LIFE…. and the writing!’ INDIA KNIGHT


Missing, Presumed
Out now in paperback

Shortlisted for the Theakston
crime novel of the year, 2017


‘I defy you not to fall for Manon.’ - Observer, thriller of the month

‘Smart and stylish…Manon is portrayed with an irresistible blend of sympathy and snark’ - New York Times Book Review editor's choice


 'Where Steiner excels is in the depth and clarity with which she depicts her characters. . . . It all adds up to a world that feels much bigger than the novel in which it is contained.” - The Observer

'Steiner’s engrossing, gripping and wry prose, beautifully detailed storytelling and the wonderfully drawn DS Manon Bradshaw elevate this missing person novel into something quite spectacular and deeply satisfying.' - Best crime thrillers of 2016, Red Online

'This clever, witty novel is one of those rare books that marries excellent writing and memorable characters with an absorbing plot and a startling twist.' - Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

'A cracking page-turner,' – Woman & Home

I am an indefatigable reader of crime novels, and Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumed is the best I’ve read in a very long time. It has everything one could ask, and more: it’s stylish, witty and compelling; has an infuriating yet likable lead detective; and is also terribly good at skewering contemporary class anxieties and manners. – Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent, in the Guardian's books of the year, 2016

‘The most satisfying read in ages…Utterly brilliant’ - INDIA KNIGHT

‘[Steiner] gets inside the minds and lives of her book’s socially disparate personalities with the grace of a novelist of manners, even as she pulls tight the strands of one of the most ambitious police procedurals of the year’

'Nuanced suspense that’s perfect for Kate Atkinson fans.' - PEOPLE

'A vein of dark humor pulses beneath this compelling whodunit with an appealing, complicated heroine at its center.' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'You might come to Missing, Presumed for the police procedural; you’ll stay for the layered, authentic characters that Steiner brings to life.' - Bethanne Patrick, NPR

'Missing, Presumed is fast-paced, twisty and full of realistic characters and scenarios. With any luck Detective Bradshaw will be back in future instalments, since she is a quirky, likable character, capable of carrying a series.'
- VANCOUVER SUN, best summer reads

'DS Manon Bradshaw is an attractive and interesting heroine, the story (set in Cambridge and London) is skilfully paced and the book is unusually well written. Having been a journalist, Susie Steiner knows how to capture the reader’s attention, keep her enthralled and sign off neatly. Missing, Presumed is an excellent crime novel.' – LITERARY REVIEW

'Missing, Presumed hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction. The plot is gripping, with a twist that knocked me sideways.'- ERIN KELLY

''Within a chapter, DS Manon Bradshaw announces herself as a detective to follow through books and books to come. A treat in store for those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in.' - LUCIE WHITEHOUSE

''DS Manon Bradshaw is a messed-up, big-hearted detective in the best tradition’ - HARRIET LANE

'Loved Missing, Presumed - intelligent, funny, gripping and beautifully written.' - CARYS BRAY

Susie Steiner (left) being interviewed by mark lawson (centre) with Det Sgt Graham Macmillan (right)

Susie Steiner (left) being interviewed by mark lawson (centre) with Det Sgt Graham Macmillan (right)