Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.
It came as no surprise to me when Snap was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018, because Belinda Bauer is one of the most talented writers on the literary scene. The novel starts on the hard shoulder of a motorway, as Jack and his sisters wait by their broken-down car for their mother to walk to a phone and fetch help. Only she never returns. This terrible moment shapes the future of the three children, particularly Jack – now 14 – who takes on the role of carer. Belinda Bauer has created such an emotionally complex character in Jack, and I defy you not to root for him. Snap didn’t bag the Booker, but it’s an out-and-out winner for me. Selected by Clare Mackintosh, Our Summer 2022 Guest Editor. Click here to read the full Guest Editor Piece.
Oh my, this is a clever, chilling, and penetrating read. 29 year old TV crime reporter Eve Singer looks for murder and mayhem, but she needs to watch out, as one particular killer is staring right back at her. The very first page made me stop, think, and look at death from a different perspective…then chapter one slammed into my consciousness. As Belinda Bauer introduces a new character, she injects a momentary pause in proceedings as we are given detailed access to their memories and thoughts. An instant and very intimate connection is created, which actually ensures the action constantly moves forwards and is kept incredibly and powerfully taut. As the coiled shocking noose of death wound ever tighter around the story I simply couldn’t put it down. With sharply spiked claws that hook into your mind and don't let go, ’The Beautiful Dead’ is a heart pounding and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson
The most polished crime writer on the murder beat ...Exhausting, exhilarating and damn scary, another 24-carat creation from the Queen of Thrills. (Daily Express). Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. Yesterday they were a family just like any other: Anna and James, and their little boy, Daniel. But in one careless moment everything changed. A front door accidentally left ajar...and Daniel was gone. Now they are a pair of strangers who can't even look each other in the eye. Distrust and unspoken words fill the void where their son used to be. Anna will go to any lengths to find Daniel - a four-year-old doesn't just vanish into thin air. But how far will this desperate search push her? Right to the brink. And beyond.
'Call your mother.' 'What do I say?' 'Say goodbye.' This is how it begins. Lone women terrorised and their helpless families forced to watch - in a sick game where only one player knows the rules. And when those rules change, the new game is Murder. Living with her parents in the dank beach community of Limeburn, ten-year-old Ruby Trick has her own fears. Bullies on the school bus, the forest crowding her house into the sea, and the threat of divorce. Helping her Daddy to catch the killer might be the key to keeping him close. As long as the killer doesn't catch her first...
'The dead can't speak to us,' Professor Madoc had said. That was a lie. Because the body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. Life is already strange enough for the obsessive Patrick without having to solve a possible murder. Especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery - while he dissects his own evidence. But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies rather closer to home...
Darkside is her eagerly awaited second novel whilst her first is the critically acclaimed Blacklands, a TV Best Book Club read in 2010and it was also the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of 2010. Truly terrifying and utterly gripping, Darkside is set in a small sleepy community where nothing much ever happens, until that is a body of an elderly woman is found murdered in her bed. But why is the local bobby removed from the investigation and why is he being blamed for the murder? Pushing the boundaries well beyond that of most other thriller writers this will grab you and not let you go.
CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2010. CWA Judges’ comments: 'A boy tries to lay to rest the ghost of a murdered uncle, leading to a chilling confrontation with a child killer in this disturbing coming-of-age novel.' February 2010 Debut of the Month. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 24 January 2010. There is an echo of the Moors Murders of the 1960’s in this story line which adds an extra element of eeriness to this suspense filled thriller. Creepy and gripping this is an excellent debut that bodes well for future novels.
The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and - as if by slick, sick magic - had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel . . . 'You don't love him'... At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor. Children are being stolen from cars. Each disappearance is marked only by a terse note - a brutal accusation. There are no explanations, no ransom demands... and no hope. Policeman Jonas Holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he's to stand any chance of catching him. But - still reeling from a personal tragedy - is Jonas really up to the task? Because there's at least one person on Exmoor who thinks that, when it comes to being the first line of defence, Jonas Holly may be the last man to trust...
Perfect for fans of Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club, this is the page-turning, twisty, and often hilarious new crime novel from bestselling author Belinda Bauer. A Sunday Times 'best paperbacks of 2021' pick and The Times 'best thriller books of 2021' pick 'Quirky, charming, intensely human, important . . . and very suspenseful. I loved it.' Lee Child __________________ 'This ingenious and darkly comic mystery is an absolute delight and Felix is one of the most loveable fugitives ever created.' Sunday Express Meet Felix Pink. The most unlikely murderer you'll ever have the good fortune to spend time with. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he's there to perform an act of charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath . . . But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police - after making the biggest mistake of his life. Now his world is turned upside down as he must find out if he's really to blame, or if something much more sinister is at play. All while staying one shaky step ahead of the law. __________ 'Fresh, funny, flawless. The best crime novel you'll read this year.' Clare Mackintosh 'Bauer's judgement of tone is perfect throughout a captivating whodunnit that's often hilarious . . . beady-eyed yet tender, it resembles a collaboration between Agatha Christie and Muriel Spark.' Sunday Times __________________ Readers are loving EXIT and the marvellous Felix Pink: 'Another winner from this outstanding author who has a unique ability to blend crime with humour.' 'Felix Pink - one of the most adorably unexpected murderers in print.' 'A brilliantly entertaining crime read, with an ordinary pensioner at its heart, a Felix who managed to capture my heart.' 'It may seem a dark topic but Exit is anything but. Pure joy, honestly.' 'Despite being a crime novel, it is a charming book that encompasses themes of compassion, friendship, love and standing up for what you believe is right.' 'This is an exceptionally cleverly crafted novel. A fair amount of black humour, two love stories, quite a lot of gambling and some unlikely friendships.'
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Front Row 'The best crime novel I've read in a very long time.' VAL MCDERMID SNAP DECISIONS CAN BE DANGEROUS . . . On a stifling summer's day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack's in charge, she'd said. I won't be long. But she doesn't come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever. Three years later, Jack is still in charge - of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house, and - quite suddenly - of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. . . 'Snap is the best kind of crime novel. It gives you chills, it makes you think and it touches your heart. I loved it!' SARAH PINBOROUGH, No.1 bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes 'Original, pacy and thoroughly entertaining . . . a cracking read.' CLARE MACKINTOSH, bestselling author of I Let You Go 'No one writes crime novels like Belinda Bauer, with a rare blend of darkness, humour and heart. She's a crime writing genius.' C. L. TAYLOR, bestselling author of The Missing 'Intelligent entertainment that keeps you guessing.' Sunday Times Crime Club 'Edgy, original and beautifully written, this suspenseful story is dazzlingly good.' Sunday Mirror 'Belinda Bauer's plots are never anything less than original and unsettling, and Snap is no exception.' Sunday Times 'Spine-chilling, tension-packed gripper.' Woman and Home 'The opening of Snap is one of the most vividly unnerving I have read . . . razor-sharp observation.' Guardian 'Belinda Bauer's fiction teems with life . . . Kate Atkinson used to be the undisputed master of this sort of mixture of the serious, the exciting and the anarchic, but Bauer is now firmly in her class.' Daily Telegraph
They wanted the same things. Death - and an audience. Eve Singer makes her living from death. As a TV crime reporter, she'll go to any length to get the latest scoop. But when a twisted serial killer starts using her to gain the publicity he craves, Eve must decide how far she's willing to go - and how close she'll let him get . . . 'Evocative and disturbing' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door 'Excellent tension' Daily Mirror 'Spectacular' Sunday Times 'Crime novels don't get much better than this' C. L. Taylor, author of The Missing
FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SNAP 'A remarkable achievement' Independent 'One of the leading names in crime fiction.' Stylist Magazine ___ The eight-year-old boy had vanished from the car and - as if by slick, sick magic - had been replaced by a note on the steering wheel: You don't love him At the height of summer a dark shadow falls across Exmoor. Children are being stolen. There are no explanations, no ransom demands...and no hope. Policeman Jonas Holly faces a precarious journey into the warped mind of the kidnapper if he is to find them. But there are some who would say that Jonas is the last man to entrust with this job... ___ Readers love Finders Keepers: 'Taught, tense and unputdownable' ***** 'An incredible page turner' ***** 'Carefully crafted, intricately plotted and a joy to read' *****