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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

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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Dead To Me Scott & Bailey series 1

Dead To Me Scott & Bailey series 1

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2012

A daughter's death A teenage girl is found brutally murdered in her squalid flat. A mother's love Her mother is devastated. She gave her child up to the care system, only to lose her again, and is convinced that the low-life boyfriend is to blame. Two ordinary women, one extraordinary job DC Rachel Bailey has dragged herself up from a deprived childhood and joined the Manchester Police. Rachel's boss thinks her new recruit has bags of raw talent but straight-laced DC Janet Scott, her reluctant partner, has her doubts. Together Scott and Bailey must hunt a killer, but a life fighting crime can be no life at all...

In The Heart of The City

In The Heart of The City

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: eBook Release Date: 31/10/2011

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.

Violation

Violation

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2011

A powerful account of how one family, grieving for the loss of their daughter, is hounded then haunted by gross media intrusion.When teenager Cassie Mallion goes missing one hot summer's day in the Lake District her family find themselves in the midst of a media feeding frenzy. Years later as the extent of illegal media activity emerges they must face fresh grief.This ebook short also includes an extended extract from Cath Staincliffe's acclaimed novel, The Kindest Thing.Cover photograph: Valentino Sani/Trevillion

Stone Series 2: The Bridge (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

Stone Series 2: The Bridge (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

The third episode of 'Stone Series 2', a BBC Radio 4 detective series created and written by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as 'Stone'. 'The Bridge' was originally broadcast in the 'Afternoon Play' slot on 13 October 2010. When university student Matt falls to his death from a railway bridge in this episode, DCI Stone and his team embark on a murder investigation. Matt's best friend Liam and ex-girlfriend Holly are distraught. But when Liam's flat is set on fire and he subsequently goes missing, Stone is forced to consider whether these events might be linked. Starring Hugo Speer as John Stone, Craig Cheetham as Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as Sue. Also featured in the cast are David Fleeshman, Oliver Lee, Jemima and Nick Moss. Directed by Nadia Molinari.

Legacy: Blood on the Mountains (Woman's Hour Drama)

Legacy: Blood on the Mountains (Woman's Hour Drama)

Author: Cath Staincliffe Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

In Legacy: Blood In The Mountains by Cath Staincliffe, probate researchers Dan and Rachel search backwards through the family line to find the true heir and get a slice of the fortune. But their quest leads them to uncover a broken family with a terrible secret. Henry Gaunt has died leaving a sizeable estate but no will. His step-sister can't inherit and there are no known kin. The step-sister doesn't know much about Henry's father: she thinks he died in the Second World War when Henry was a small child. Dan and Rachel's investigation leads to a surprising discovery. Producer: Nadia Molinari.

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