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Kerry Wilkinson - Author

About the Author

Kerry Wilkinson is something of an accidental author. His debut, Locked In, the first title in the detective Jessica Daniel series, was written as a challenge to himself but, after self-publishing, it became a UK Number One bestseller within three months of release. Kerry then went on to have more success with the second and third titles in the series, Vigilante and The Woman in Black. Kerry has a degree in journalism and works for a national media company. He was born in Somerset but now lives in Lancashire.

Featured books by Kerry Wilkinson

Behind Closed Doors Jessica Daniel Book 7

Behind Closed Doors Jessica Daniel Book 7

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has barely left her house in months, isolated away from friends and colleagues. She may have given up on herself but one man is sure she still has something to offer. DCI Jack Cole gives her a chance at redemption: An opportunity to help a neighbouring force by discovering what is going on with a reclusive community living in a stately home in the middle of nowhere. People are going missing, turning up dead with only a vague link back to the house. But can Jessica beat her own demons in time to find out exactly what's going on behind closed doors?

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Playing with Fire Jessica Daniel Book 5

Playing with Fire Jessica Daniel Book 5

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

Those who play with fire are going to get burned ...Seven years ago Martin Chadwick set fire to a Manchester pub, not knowing a teenager was sleeping inside. Chadwick's release from prison is imminent, with journalists gearing up for a good old-fashioned media lynching. With the victim's father telling the papers he is out for revenge, DS Jessica Daniel is left to keep an eye on Chadwick and his fiery eighteen-year-old son. If that's not enough to keep her occupied, a private investigator is doing a fine job sticking his oar in, it looks like there's a schoolgirl suicide ring in operation, her car is working a little too well, and the endless rain continues to pound her northern home.

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Other books by Kerry Wilkinson

Ten Birthdays

Ten Birthdays

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2017

My heart. My poor heart I LOVED IT. I loved everything about it, seriously: the characters are incredibly realistic and sweet and perfectly imperfect, the writing is exquisite...I WANT MORE! This story was truly beautiful. Books are Here for YouThere are going to be so many things I wish I couldve told you in person, Poppy. I wont get the chance to do that, so perhaps this is my only wayIts Poppy Kinseys birthday.She should be blowing out candles and opening presents but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.Fans of Cecelia Ahern and S.D. Robertson will love this page turning tear-jerker about making every moment count.Read what everyone is saying about Ten Birthdays:An emotional but uplifting story This book brought tears, smiles and some laughs. I truly loved it. 5* Goodreads ReviewerWarm and heartbreaking and magical. I completely enjoyed this book to bits. 5* Kat with the HatThis story was truly beautiful. Sweet, bittersweet, tragic and oh so real, yet funny and full of hope and love. Where are all the BooksThis is one of those books you read that you wont forget anytime soona very heartfelt book that goes through a gambit of emotional highs and lows. The Ten Birthdays blurb promised I would find an emotional, uplifting book about love, loss, and hope and it definitely did just that. Near Misses and Awkward KissesAn absolutely gripping read which is quite upliftingLoved this bookI will definitely be looking out for more from this author. Read Along with SueIt was impossible to let go, even for a second. Ten birthdayshas touched me enormously.In closing this book, I had only one desire, call my mother.That's what I did. This novel has the gift of making us appreciate those little moments that we share with our loved ones. Path of WordsWow! This book! I have read and loved this author's Jessica Daniel series and was looking forward to this and wow! Such a stunning book! Every word perfect and there for a reason. So beautiful. Such amazing writing. LOVED Poppy, her dad, Madeline, Mark and even Freya. I fell in love with the village in Bristol that Poppy, Mark and Freya are from. From the first work to the last, I loved everything about this book. All the characters, the village, this book, will stay with me for a long time. Five stars are not enough for this brilliant masterpiece. One of my favourite reads this year! Renita DSilvaSweet, bittersweet, tragic and oh so real, yet funny and full of hope and love

Nothing but Trouble

Nothing but Trouble

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

In Nothing But Trouble, a gripping crime thriller by bestselling crime author Kerry Wilkinson, DI Jessica Daniel has to protect the streets of Manchester from escaped prisoners - and those trying to hunt them down. Niall O'Brien is a veteran living on the edge of a run-down estate, refusing to sell his house to developers. He's the only remaining resident, alone and frightened by a series of break-ins. He's been threatening to shoot the next intruder but he can't be serious . . . what if the next person through the door is a police officer trying to help? Elsewhere, on a bright Manchester morning a vehicle screeches across a junction and wipes out a prison van. Two prisoners run for it, leaving the police to track them down. They don't have long to wait. Hours later, one of the escapees is hanged from a motorway bridge. Was he broken out solely to be killed, or is there something deeper going on? Meanwhile, someone's conning pensioners out of their savings and there are rumours that the bare-knuckle British middleweight title fight is coming to the city. DI Jessica Daniel fears finding herself in the middle of an all-out war, not knowing that the biggest threat might come from a frightened pensioner.

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

A festive homecoming takes a dangerous turn in No Place Like Home by bestselling author of the Jessica Daniel series, Kerry Wilkinson. Featuring an exclusive first look at the upcoming Jessica Daniel novel, Nothing But Trouble. Craig Macklin was a teenager when his headteacher told him he was heading to either prison or the grave. Instead, Craig left the north of England, saying goodbye to his friends and family to start a new life. Thirteen years on, redundant and separated from his wife, he returns for the first time. It's Christmas: markets in full swing, lights twinkling, shoppers shopping, revellers revelling. Manchester has seen a revolution. The buildings soar higher, the shopping centres sprawl wider. New industries have replaced old and yet, away from the glitter, the tinsel, the hot spiced cider and the enormous inflatable Santa, some things will never change. Amid the season, there are secrets from which he cannot escape and, when debt-collectors attack his parents' house, Craig realizes the teenage hell-raiser he left behind might not be so buried after all.

Something Hidden

Something Hidden

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2016

Something Hidden is the thrilling second novel in the Andrew Hunter series, from bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson. Everyone hates Fiona Methodist. Her war veteran father shot a young couple in broad daylight before killing himself. The engaged pair had witnessed a robbery and were due to give evidence but, with all three now dead, no one knows the true motive. For Fiona, it's destroyed her life. It's not just those who whisper behind her back or the friends who pretend she doesn't exist; it's the landlords who spot her name and say no, the job agencies who can't find her work. But Fiona knows her dad didn't do it. He couldn't have - he's her father and he wouldn't do that . . . would he? Private investigator Andrew Hunter takes pity on the girl and, even with stolen bengal cats to find, plus an ex-wife who's not quite so 'ex', he can't escape the creeping feeling that Fiona might be right after all.

Down Among the Dead Men

Down Among the Dead Men

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2016

Down Among the Dead Men is a Manchester crime novel from bestselling crime writer, Kerry Wilkinson. 'I'm going to do you a favour: I'm going to tell you my name and then I'm going to give you thirty seconds to turn and run. If any of you are still here after those thirty seconds, then we're going to have a problem.' Jason Green's life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss, Harry Irwell. He is then drawn into Manchester's notorious underworld, where smash and grab is as normal as making a cup of tea. But Jason isn't a casual thug. He has a life plan that doesn't involve blowing his money on the usual trappings. That is until a woman walks into his life offering the one thing that money can't buy - salvation.

Resurgence

Resurgence

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2016

Following Reckoning and Renegade, Resurgence is the thrilling conclusion to Kerry Wilkinson's heartstopping Silver Blackthorn Trilogy. An entire country has been lied to. Silver Blackthorn was supposed to be one of the privileged few, chosen to serve and help rebuild a shattered nation. Instead she has been forced to become a rebel. Tales of her defiance have spread throughout the land. King Victor and the Minister Prime want her dead; the resistance groups are desperate for her help. Silver's friends and family are in dire jeopardy - hiding is no longer an option. As her travels take her into the furthest reaches of an unknown land, she is forced to make new friends and hunt for new allegiances. Final battle lines are being drawn. The time has come. And then there's the hardest choice of all: Opie or Imrin?

For Richer, For Poorer

For Richer, For Poorer

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2016

In good times . . . and bad. In Kerry Wilkinson's For Richer, For Poorer three houses have been burgled in five weeks. The robbers barge in through the back, disable any way to contact the outside world, and then ransack everything - before distributing the stolen cash to local charities. It might be robbing from the rich to give to the poor - but Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel is not happy. The new DCI has a whiteboard with far too many crimes on the 'unsolved' side and he wants the burglars found. Doesn't he know Jessica has enough on her plate? There's a lottery winner who's gone bankrupt; the homeless teenager she's taken in; a botched drugs raid; a trip to London with DC Archie Davey - and a man-mountain Serbian with a missing wife who's been pimping out young women. All the while, someone's watching from the wings and waiting for Jessica to mess up. Officers are being pensioned off and booted out - with a certain DI Daniel firmly in their sights.

Something Wicked

Something Wicked

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2015

Something Wicked is the first in a breath-taking series from Kerry Wilkinson, creator of the bestselling Jessica Daniel books. Nicholas Carr disappeared on his eighteenth birthday and the world has moved on. His girlfriend has left for university, his friends now have jobs and the police are busy dealing with the usual gallery of suspects. But his father, Richard, can't forget the three fingers the police dug up from a sodden Manchester wood. What happened to Nicholas on the night he disappeared and why did he never return home? A private investigator is Richard's last hope - but Andrew Hunter has his own problems. There's something about his assistant that isn't quite right. Jenny's brilliant but reckless and he can't figure out what's in it for her. By the time he discovers who's a danger and who's not, it might all be too late . . .

Scarred for Life

Scarred for Life

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

Scarred for Life is the ninth mystery featuring Kerry Wilkinson's popular detective, Jessica Daniel. DI Jessica Daniel is not having a good week. Her wallet's been nicked, the refurbished incident room is already falling apart, and a new football-mad constable is driving her crazy. She also has bigger things on her mind. A student's body has been dumped in a wheelie bin at the back of a university building, with a vague link to an Olympic medallist and a theory that it could have been an induction which went wrong. There's the tattooed shop raider who has her team stumped; someone attacking lone women; a chief inspector who seems to have a problem with her; and someone putting letters through her front door insisting that she's caught 'the wrong man'. Worlds are colliding for Jessica - and, if she's not careful, someone close to her might not make it out in one piece.

January

January

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: eBook Release Date: 22/01/2015

From the creator of the Jessica Daniel series comes an all-new short story, set in Manchester.Old acquaintances are about to be forgotten as Kitkat and his gormless mate Chris ring in the new year by popping to the 24-7 drive-thru for a bit of fried chicken.They get more than they pay for.As well as a grease-soaked bucket of cheap food, the server hands them a bag full of cash. But is it a mistake, where does the money come from, and can Kitkat get through New Year's Day without its owner asking for the money back?This is a 7,000-word short story.

Renegade

Renegade

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2014

Silver Blackthorn is a fugitive. Silver Blackthorn has committed treason. She is dangerous. Do NOT approach her. A large reward is on offer. Report any sightings to your nearest Kingsman. Long live the King. Silver Blackthorn is on the run. She fled Windsor Castle with eleven other teenagers, taking with her something far more valuable than even she realises: knowledge. With the entire country searching for the missing Offerings, Silver must keep them all from the vicious clutches of King Victor and the Minister Prime. Until now, no one has escaped the king and lived to tell the tale. Or have they? With expectations weighing heavily on the girl with the silver streak in her hair, will she ever find her way home? Following the breath-taking Reckoning, Renegade continues the excitement of the Silver Blackthorn Trilogy by bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson.

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

From Kindle number one bestselling author, Kerry Wilkinson, Crossing the Line is a darkly gripping novel where Jessica Daniel faces her toughest investigation yet. Long before Jessica Daniel became a police detective, Manchester was a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorizing its inhabitants. Now, twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic. But Jessica has a new case to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in broad daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only Jessica and her team could track him down . . . It's the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets - so many secrets - that should have long been buried.

Behind Closed Doors Jessica Daniel Book 7

Behind Closed Doors Jessica Daniel Book 7

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel has barely left her house in months, isolated away from friends and colleagues. She may have given up on herself but one man is sure she still has something to offer. DCI Jack Cole gives her a chance at redemption: An opportunity to help a neighbouring force by discovering what is going on with a reclusive community living in a stately home in the middle of nowhere. People are going missing, turning up dead with only a vague link back to the house. But can Jessica beat her own demons in time to find out exactly what's going on behind closed doors?

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Jessica Daniel series: Think of the Children/Playing with Fire/Thicker Than Water - books 4 - 6

Jessica Daniel series: Think of the Children/Playing with Fire/Thicker Than Water - books 4 - 6

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is back! In books four, five and six of the bestselling series by Kerry Wilkinson, Jessica finds that, not only are the crimes in Manchester getting more complicated, but her personal life is hotting up too . . . Think of the Children Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is first on the scene as a stolen car crashes on a misty, wet Manchester morning. The driver is dead, but the biggest shock is the discovery of the body of a child wrapped in plastic in the boot of the car. A thin trail leads Jessica to a list of children's names abandoned in an allotment shed. With the winter chill setting in and parents looking for answers, Jessica must find out who has been watching local children, and how this connects to a case that has been unsolved for fourteen years. Playing with Fire Seven years ago Martin Chadwick set fire to a Manchester pub, not knowing a teenager was sleeping inside. Chadwick's release from prison is imminent, with journalists gearing up for a good old-fashioned media lynching. If that's not enough to keep her occupied, a private investigator is doing a fine job sticking his oar in, it looks like there's a schoolgirl suicide ring in operation, her car is working a little too well, and the endless rain continues to pound her northern home. Jessica's personal and professional life is in the balance - giving her barely enough time to focus on the person in her midst seemingly intent on burning everything to the ground. Thicker than Water A teenager's body is discovered in an apparently random house in Manchester. The puzzle deepens when a journalist points out that someone placed an obituary for him just days before his disappearance. A string of clues point to a club whose owner has an unhealthy interest in Jessica, but then something happens which makes her question the very core of her beliefs. She is left to turn to the one person she knows she can rely on . . . but is that trust misplaced?

Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

Author: Kerry Wilkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

When Cameron and Eleanor Sexton arrive home to find their teenage babysitter missing, their immediate concern is for their young daughter. Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is dispatched to find out what's going on, but with all apparently well, she thinks she's been sent on a fool's errand. Soon, the teenager's body is discovered in an apparently random house on the other side of Manchester. The puzzle deepens when a journalist points out that someone placed an obituary for him just days before his disappearance. A string of clues point to a club whose owner has an unhealthy interest in Jessica, but then something happens which makes her question the very core of her beliefs. In Thicker Than Water, Jessica is left to turn to the one person she knows she can rely on . . . but is that trust misplaced? Praise for Kerry Wilkinson 'Wilkinson's story spreads like a pool of blood . . . his talent becomes ever more obvious' Daily Mail