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Cath Staincliffe - Author

About the Author

Cath Staincliffe was our Guest Editor in July 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

 

Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis.  Cath’s books have been short-listed for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l’Année.  Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath’s own experience.  Her latest book, The Kindest Thing, is a love story turned nightmare when a woman helps her husband die and is tried for murder.  Cath lives in Manchester with her partner and their three children.

 

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Featured books by Cath Staincliffe

Ruthless

Ruthless

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

A blaze at an abandoned chapel in impoverished Manorclough turns out to be more than just arson when the body of a man who has been shot twice is discovered in the ashes. For the Manchester Metropolitan police team it's the start of a gruelling and complex case that exposes the fractures and fault lines of a community living on the edge. DC Rachel Bailey, recently married, is trying to come to terms with her new status and deal with the fallout from her chaotic family. She throws herself into work but her compulsion to find answers and see justice done leads her into the deepest jeopardy. DC Janet Scott's world is shaken to its foundations when death comes far too close for comfort and she finds one of her daughters on the wrong side of a police investigation. DCI Gill Murray's ex Dave, a Chief Superintendent, crashes back into her life, out of control and bringing chaos in his wake. Gill attempts to get Dave to face the truth of his situation, and to stay the hell away from her, but things are about to get a whole lot worse. And then a second building goes up in flames...

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Letters To My Daughter's Killer

Letters To My Daughter's Killer

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth's burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter - but the letters are her last, best hope. Letters To My Daughter's Killer exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment. How do we deal with the very human desire for revenge? If we get justice does reconciliation follow? Can we really forgive those who do us the gravest wrong? Could you?

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Letters To My Daughter's Killer

Letters To My Daughter's Killer

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth's burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter - but the letters are her last, best hope. Letters To My Daughter's Killer exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment. How do we deal with the very human desire for revenge? If we get justice does reconciliation follow? Can we really forgive those who do us the gravest wrong? Could you?

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Bleed Like Me A Scott & Bailey Novel

Bleed Like Me A Scott & Bailey Novel

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2013

A family man - The bodies of a man, woman and child are found, lying in pools of blood. The owner of the inn where the bodies are discovered has fled. But he's not alone - he's taken his two young sons with him. No one knows what he's going to do next...A professional front DC - Janet Scott has survived a terrifying attack, and is now having second thoughts about her life and steady marriage - but if she acts on her feelings she risks tearing her family apart. Her best friend DC Rachel Bailey is reeling from a love affair that could have killed her - literally. It's hard to stay focussed. A united force Gill Murray has enough of her own problems without the team falling apart. She knows they must work together if they are to find the desperate man before he makes his final move. But one question haunts her: what will they have to do to stop him?

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Other books by Cath Staincliffe

Fear of Falling

Fear of Falling

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2019

'Gripping' Mail on Sunday What 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

Fear of Falling

Fear of Falling

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2018

'Gripping' Mail on Sunday What 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

Fear of Falling

Fear of Falling

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

'Gripping' Mail on Sunday What 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

The Girl in the Green Dress

The Girl in the Green Dress

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

How far would you go to protect your child? Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk? And what if they have blood on their hands? Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit's end with her son's behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do? Another parent will fight tooth and nail to save his boy from the full force of the law. After all, blood is thicker than water and everyone should look after their own. But if he succeeds then Allie and her family will never get the justice they deserve. A groundbreaking story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, in a world of change.

The Girl in the Green Dress

The Girl in the Green Dress

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

'This is a wonderful novel, powerful, humane and moving. It's also one of the best police procedurals I've read this year' Ann Cleeves How far would you go to protect your child? Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk? And what if they have blood on their hands? Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit's end with her son's behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do? Another parent will fight tooth and nail to save his boy from the full force of the law. After all, blood is thicker than water and everyone should look after their own. But if he succeeds then Allie and her family will never get the justice they deserve. A groundbreaking story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, in a world of change. Praise for Cath Staincliffe: '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 'Remarkable depth ... The most grown-up writer in British crime fiction' Telegraph Complex and satisfying - Sunday Times

The Silence Between Breaths

The Silence Between Breaths

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Eight strangers. One deadly secret. 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 . . . How do you survive the unthinkable?

Half the World Away a chilling evocation of a mother's worst nightmare

Half the World Away a chilling evocation of a mother's worst nightmare

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

'Stunning' - Ann Cleeves Every parent's worst gap year nightmare... After graduating, Lori Maddox heads off travelling and arrives in China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom follow her adventures on her blog. Suddenly communication stops. When the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing. But it's impossible to find out anything from so far away, so they travel to Chengdu to search for their daughter. Landing in a totally unfamiliar country, with no knowledge of the customs or language, and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective. It's an unbearably difficult challenge and, as the days pass, the fear that Lori is lost for good grows ever larger... Praise for Cath Staincliffe: '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 'Remarkable depth ... The most grown-up writer in British crime fiction' Telegraph

Half the World Away a chilling evocation of a mother's worst nightmare

Half the World Away a chilling evocation of a mother's worst nightmare

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and visits China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler, follow her adventures on her blog, 'Lori In The Orient'. Suddenly communication stops and when the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing. It is impossible to find out anything from 5,000 miles away so they travel out to Chengdu, a city in the south-western province of Sichuan, to search for their daughter. Landing in a totally unfamiliar country, with no knowledge of the customs or language, and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective, following in their daughter's footsteps, tracing the people she mentioned in her posts, interviewing her friends, colleagues and students. It's an unbearably difficult challenge and, as the days pass, the fear that Lori is lost for good grows ever larger.

Ruthless

Ruthless

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

A blaze at an abandoned chapel in impoverished Manorclough turns out to be more than just arson when the body of a man who has been shot twice is discovered in the ashes. For the Manchester Metropolitan police team it's the start of a gruelling and complex case that exposes the fractures and fault lines of a community living on the edge. DC Rachel Bailey, recently married, is trying to come to terms with her new status and deal with the fallout from her chaotic family. She throws herself into work but her compulsion to find answers and see justice done leads her into the deepest jeopardy. DC Janet Scott's world is shaken to its foundations when death comes far too close for comfort and she finds one of her daughters on the wrong side of a police investigation. DCI Gill Murray's ex Dave, a Chief Superintendent, crashes back into her life, out of control and bringing chaos in his wake. Gill attempts to get Dave to face the truth of his situation, and to stay the hell away from her, but things are about to get a whole lot worse. And then a second building goes up in flames...

ebook of the month
Letters To My Daughter's Killer

Letters To My Daughter's Killer

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth's burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter - but the letters are her last, best hope. Letters To My Daughter's Killer exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment. How do we deal with the very human desire for revenge? If we get justice does reconciliation follow? Can we really forgive those who do us the gravest wrong? Could you?

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Dead to Me

Dead to Me

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2014

A riveting, sharply observed and thoroughly modern police procedural, Dead to Me features a stellar but unlikely female detective team. Detective Constable Janet Scott is subtle and reliable, a diplomatic thinker with a wry sense of humor. She's put in the time and seen it all, but has no desire for the boss's job-she loves her own too much. Rachel Bailey couldn't be more different-she's energetic, impulsive, and ambitious, and has just been transferred to the Manchester murder squad. Their commander thinks Rachel's intuition could make her a great cop, but has reservations about her shoot-first-think-later approach, so she partners her with Janet. At first, the match seems to have been made somewhere considerably lower than heaven, but when a teenage girl is found brutally murdered, stabbed to death in her squalid flat on a North Manchester housing estate, both detectives realize they must work together to stop a vicious killer. But the case quickly becomes more complicated than it seems, fraught with dangers neither woman could see coming. Eager to make her mark, Rachel's reckless pursuit of the truth could threaten her future on the squad. And an unexpected turn in the investigation forces Janet to face personal demons. No matter the cost, both must race to stop a vicious killer before it's too late in this riveting novel from award-winning author Cath Staincliffe. "e;It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that."e; --Val McDermid

Stone Cold Red Hot

Stone Cold Red Hot

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2013

Can Sal break the conspiracy of silence that surrounds her latest case? Sal Kilkenny is asked to discover the whereabouts of Jennifer Pickering, disinherited twenty years ago. But it seems that now Jennifer does not want to be found. And as she spends her days tracing Jennifer, Sal's nights are shattered by a dangerous stint with the Neighbour Nuisance Unit on one of Manchester's toughest housing estates. In this highly charged atmosphere it's not surprising when tempers flare... and as properties start to burn, Sal's two cases spiral out of control and events, past and present, collide with deadly intensity. 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

Towers of Silence

Towers of Silence

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2013

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

Dead Wrong

Dead Wrong

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2013

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

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