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Cath Staincliffe



Cath Staincliffe is an award winning novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV's hit series Blue Murder. Cath's books have been shortlisted for the CWA Best First Novel award. She was joint winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2012. Letters To My Daughter's Killer was selected for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club on ITV3 in 2014. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey books based on the popular ITV series. She lives with her family in Manchester.
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Constable

Fear of Falling

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe

'Gripping' Daily MailWhat if your child ends up hurting those you love?Lydia and Bel have been best friends for years, from wild teenage days all the way through to motherhood. Bel becomes pregnant by accident and has a fraught relationship with daughter Freya, while Lydia and love-of-her-life Mac, after failed fertility treatment, choose to adopt. Gorgeous toddler Chloe challenges them more than either of them had ever expected and as a teenager her behaviour escalates increasingly out of control, pushing their marriage, and Lydia and Bel's relationship, to breaking point.A harrowing and heart-breaking story of the splinters that can tear mothers and daughters, husbands and wives - and friends - apart.Praise for Cath Staincliffe:''This powerful, often harrowing story will move you to tears' My Weekly'Harrowing and humane. A real knockout' Ian Rankin'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that' Val McDermid'Powerful, complex and utterly gripping' Sunday Mirror'An intelligent and emotionally engaging moral workout' Daily Telegraph'Cath Staincliffe gets into the heads of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary' Ann Cleeves'Complex and satisfying' Sunday Times

Hachette Audio

The Girl in the Green Dress

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe
Constable

The Silence Between Breaths

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

How do you survive the unthinkable?Passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are bound for work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed. Holly has just landed her dream job, which should make life a lot easier than it has been, and Jeff is heading for his first ever work interview after months of unemployment. They end up sitting next to each other. Onboard customer service assistant Naz dreams of better things as he collects rubbish from the passengers. And among the others travelling are Nick with his young family who are driving him crazy; pensioner Meg and her partner setting off on a walking holiday and facing an uncertain future; Caroline, run ragged by the competing demands of her stroppy teenage children and her demented mother; and Rhona, unhappy at work and desperate to get home to her small daughter. And in the middle of the carriage sits Saheel, carrying a deadly rucksack . . .'Cath Staincliffe gets into the heads of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary' Ann Cleeves'Harrowing and humane. A real knockout' Ian Rankin'Complex and satisfying' Sunday Times

Constable

Half the World Away

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe
C & R Crime

Letters To My Daughter's Killer

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe
C & R Crime

Blink of an Eye

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

In a heartbeat, life changes.A sunny, Sunday afternoon, a family barbecue, and Naomi Baxter and her boyfriend Alex celebrate good news. Driving home, Naomi's recklessness causes a fatal accident, leaving nine-year-old Lily Vasey dead, Naomi fighting for her life, Alex bruised and bloody and the lives of three families torn apart.Traumatised, Naomi has no clear memory of the crash and her mother Carmel is forced to break the shocking truth of the child's death to her. Naomi may well be prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving. If convicted she will face a jail term of up to 14 years, especially if her sister's claim that Naomi was drink-driving is proven.In the months before the trial, Carmel strives to help a haunted and remorseful Naomi cope with the consequences of her actions.Blink of an Eye is a novel about the nightmare that could be just around the next bend for any one of us.Praise for Cath Staincliffe,'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning.' Anne Cleeves.Modest, compassionate...a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times'About as good as the British private eye novel gets.' Time Out'An engrossing read'. Sunday Telegraph.'a page-turning, insightful thriller.' Big Issue.

C & R Crime

Criminally Good

Cath Staincliffe, Elizabeth Hand, G.M. Malliet, James Craig, Paul Doiron
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Cath Staincliffe, Elizabeth Hand, G.M. Malliet, James Craig, Paul Doiron

Blink of an Eye by Cath StaincliffeIn a heartbeat, life changes. Blink of an Eye is a novel about the nightmare that could be just around the next bend for any one of us.The Poacher's Son by Paul DoironSet in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive - his own father. The first in a brand new series featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch.Generation Loss by Elizabeth HandCass Neary is on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer. When she arrives Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and she finds one final shot at redemption. Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith in this mesmerizing literary thriller.The Circus by James Craig The fourth book in the bestselling Inspector Carlyle series. When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment.Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet A delightful new cosy crime series starring Max Tudor. In Wicked Autumn, G M Malliet serves up an irresistible English village - deliciously skewered - a flawed but engaging protagonist and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional locked room mystery.

C & R Crime

Towers of Silence

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

No peace and goodwill to all men here in Manchester...It's the countdown to Christmas and Sal Kilkenny is exhausted even thinking about the festive season - her life as a single mother is hectic at the best of times. So when she is asked to investigate a suicide that a grieving family cannot come to terms with, she turns the case down.Eventually, and against her better judgement, Sal is persuaded to look into the woman's last hours and is appalled to discover how little the authorities had investigated her death. And why would a woman so petrified of heights choose to jump from the top of Manchester's Arndale Centre car park?Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving' Big Issue'Deftly organised, with several surprising twists.' Evening Standard'An engrossing read.' Sunday Telegraph'Real people, real problems... Staincliffe writes brilliantly and compassionately about things that matter. Seriously good.' Literary Review'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying' The Sunday Times'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out

C & R Crime

Dead Wrong

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

Against the backdrop of Euro '96 and the soundtrack of Oasis, a summer of terror begins.Sal Kilkenny has two very frightened clients on her hands. Debbie Gosforth is the victim of a deranged stalker while teenager Luke Wallace is afraid he might be a murderer as he has, allegedly, stabbed his best friend Ahktar Khan to death.And then the IRA bomb Manchester's Arndale Centre and the city goes up in smoke...Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving' Big Issue'Deftly organised, with several surprising twists.' Evening Standard'Has her finger on the pulse of her city and that rare ability to write about love, motherhood and friendship without sentimentality' Val McDermid'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying' The Sunday Times'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out

C & R Crime

Looking For Trouble

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

She's a single parent. A private eye. And liking it. Until, that is, Mrs Hobbs turns up asking Sal Kilkenny to find her missing son. Sal's search takes her through the Manchester underworld, a wasteland of deprivation and petty theft, of well-heeled organised crime and, ultimately, murder. Would she have taken the job on if she had known what she was getting herself into?Actually, yes. Sal is on fire with a desire to see justice done and to avenge the death of a young lad whose only crime was knowing too much . . . This is the first Sal Kilkenny mystery, serialised on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie.Stunning.'Anne Cleeves'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail'Literary Review'Complex and satisfying' The Sunday Times'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that'Val McDermid'an engrossing read'Sunday Telegraph

C & R Crime

Go Not Gently

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe

Juggling the school run with private investigating, Sal Kilkenny's life is a strange mix of the dramatic with the domestic.Sal has two new clients:Jimmy Achebe wants her to confirm his suspicions of his wife's infidelity and Agnes Donlan fears for her friend Lily, who has undergone a swift decline in her new nursing home.Sal soon finds herself in treacherous territory which threatens to impinge on her private life...Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning.'Anne Cleeves'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail'. Literary Review'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times.'about as good as the British private eye novel gets' Time Out.'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that.' Val McDermid.'an engrossing read'. Sunday Telegraph

C & R Crime

Stone Cold Red Hot

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe
C & R Crime

Split Second

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

A split second is all it takes to make a decision - but what if it is the wrong one?A winter's evening and a trio of unruly youths board a bus and gang up on teenager Luke Murray, hurling abuse and threatening to kill him. The bus is full but no one intervenes until Jason Barnes, a young student, challenges the youths with devastating consequences.Split Second tackles questions of bravery, fear and kindness and explores the real human impact of violent crime.Praise for Cath Staincliffe,A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning. Anne Cleeves.Modest, compassionate...a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times'About as good as the British private eye novel gets.' Time Out'An engrossing read'. Sunday Telegraph

C & R Crime

In The Heart of The City

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

he lives of a teenager and a woman in her forties collide as the 2011 riots hit Manchester. An eloquent and passionate exploration of the week that shook Britain.9th August 2011 and as rioting erupts in Manchester a teenager and a woman in her forties are caught up in the thick of the disorder. Their stories intertwine to give a stunning and haunting expose of the people behind the headlines and the legacy of that night.This ebook short also includes an extended extract from Cath Staincliffe's forthcoming novel, Split Second.

C & R Crime

Violation

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe
C & R Crime

Witness

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

Four bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time. Witnesses to the shocking shooting of a teenage boy. A moment that changes their lives forever.Fiona, a midwife, is plagued by panic attacks and unable to work. Has she the strength to testify?Mike, a delivery driver and family man, faces an impossible decision when his frightened wife forces him to choose - us or the court case.Cheryl, a single-mother, doesn't want her child to grow up in the same climate of fear. Dare she speak out and risk her own life? Zak, a homeless man, offers to talk in exchange for witness protection and the chance of a new start.Ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Will the witnesses stand firm or be prevented from giving evidence? How will they cope with the emotional trauma of reliving the murder under pitiless cross-examination? A compassionate, suspenseful and illuminating story exploring the real human cost of bearing witness.Praise for Cath Staincliffe's The Kindest Thing:'A painfully honest exploration of an ordinary family under stress ... A stunning piece of work.' - Anne Cleeves.'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' - Literary Review.'Complex and satisfying' - The Sunday Times.'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that' - Val McDermid.

C & R Crime

The Kindest Thing

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

A love story, a modern nightmare and an honest and incisive portrayal of a woman who honours her husband's wish to die and finds herself in the dock for murder.When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband Neil end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling with grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands, if found guilty she will serve a life sentence. Deborah seeks solace in her memories of Neil and their children and the love they shared. An ordinary woman caught up in an extraordinary situation.A finely written page-turner, compelling, eloquent, heart-breaking. The Kindest Thing tackles a controversial topic with skill and sensitivity. A book that begs the question: what would you do?