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Roz Watkins - Author

About the Author

Roz originally studied engineering and natural sciences at Cambridge University, before becoming a patent attorney in Derby, but this has absolutely nothing to do with there being a dead one in her first novel. In her spare time, Roz clicker-trains her dog and horse, and likes to walk in the Peak District, scouting out murder locations.

I'm also a qualified hypnotherapist and an animal trainer, which gives me plenty of scope for planning creative murders.

When I'm not writing, I help my partner run our holiday cottages near Wirksworth, ably assisted by a menagerie of demanding animals.

 

Featured books by Roz Watkins

The Devil's Dice

The Devil's Dice

Author: Roz Watkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2021

Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award The Times Crime Book of the Month, April 2018 'A fascinating debut' The Sunday Times 'A touch of Agatha Christie, a dash of Ann Cleeves's Vera and a suitably moody setting in the Peaks...bring a formidable newcomer to British crime writing.' Daily Mail *** A SHOCKING DEATH A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches. A SINISTER MESSAGE Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century. A DEADLY GAME As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it's clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg - and the dice are loaded... A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Roz Watkins

Cut to the Bone

Cut to the Bone

Author: Roz Watkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2020

'I BARELY CAME UP FOR AIR' Jo Furniss 'ONE OF THE BEST CRIME WRITERS OUT THERE' Elly Griffiths 'AN ABSOLUTE MASTERCLASS' James Delargy 'A RIVETING AND PROPULSIVE THRILLER' Kia Abdullah 'SMART AND ATMOSPHERIC' T. M. Logan ___ A beautiful young social-media star goes missing. But who took her? When controversial internet celebrity Violet Armstrong vanishes in the middle of a scorching Peak District summer, the case sparks a media frenzy. The clock is ticking for DI Meg Dalton and her team to find Violet before online threats explode into real-life violence. And then the blood and hair of a young woman are found in an empty pig trough at the local abattoir... The more Meg finds out about this unnerving case, the more she becomes convinced that something very, very bad has happened to Violet. With temperatures rising and the press demanding answers, the case is about to take a terrifying turn... In bestselling author Roz Watkins' chilling new thriller, DI Meg Dalton must face her most disturbing case yet. Perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, Susie Steiner and Val McDermid. ___ What authors and readers are saying about Cut to the Bone: 'BRILLIANT AND COMPELLING' Amanda Jennings 'A REAL-PAGE TURNER' Sophie Draper 'I INHALED THIS NOVEL. IT REACHED TO MY BONE' Netgalley 'A DARK AND TWISTY TALE, WITH A POWERHOUSE FINISH' Rachael Blok 'ANOTHER RIPPER FROM ROZ. BRILLIANT!' Suzy K Quinn 'SUSPENSE OOZES FROM EVERY PAGE' Netgalley 'A HEART-IN-YOUR-MOUTH READ' Jo Jakeman 'CHILLINGLY COMPELLING AND UTTERLY TWISTED' Danielle Ramsay 'WILL KEEP YOU GLUED TO YOUR SEAT' Jane Isaac 'A TERRIFIC READ' Mick Finlay 'GRIPPING AND GRUESOME' Sam Blake 'GRIPPING, CLEVER AND TWISTY' Amanda Brittany

Dead Man's Daughter

Dead Man's Daughter

Author: Roz Watkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2020

A chilling and powerful thriller set in the atmospheric Peak District that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Susie Steiner and Broadchurch. *** She was racing towards the gorge. The place the locals knew as 'Dead Girl's Drop'... DI Meg Dalton is thrown headlong into her latest case when she finds a ten-year-old girl running barefoot through the woods in a blood-soaked nightdress. In the house nearby, the girl's father has been brutally stabbed to death. At first Meg suspects a robbery gone tragically wrong, but something doesn't add up. Why does the girl have no memory of what happened to her? And why has her behaviour changed so dramatically since her recent heart transplant? The case takes a chilling turn when evidence points to the girl's involvement in her own father's murder. As unsettling family secrets emerge, Meg is forced to question her deepest beliefs to discover the shocking truth, before the killer strikes again... *** **Roz Watkins' compelling new DI Meg Dalton thriller, Cut to the Bone, is available for pre-order now!** *** '[Roz Watkins is] a formidable newcomer to British crime writing' Daily Mail 'Outstanding' Stephen Booth 'With Dead Man's Daughter, Roz raises the crime fiction bar yet again. Superbly plotted, sinister and genuinely thought-provoking.' Caz Frear 'An original, creepy, twisted tale. I loved it.' C.J. Tudor 'Absorbingly impressive.' The Times 'A fast-paced, atmospheric story.' Candis 'A clever, twisty conundrum... intelligent and provocative.' Sophie Drapher

The Devil's Dice

The Devil's Dice

Author: Roz Watkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/01/2019

Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award The Times Crime Book of the Month, April 2018 'A fascinating debut' The Sunday Times 'A touch of Agatha Christie, a dash of Ann Cleeves's Vera and a suitably moody setting in the Peaks...bring a formidable newcomer to British crime writing.' Daily Mail *** A SHOCKING DEATH A lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches. A SINISTER MESSAGE Amidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century. A DEADLY GAME As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it's clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg - and the dice are loaded... A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.

Devil's Dice (A DI Meg Dalton thriller, Book 1)

Devil's Dice (A DI Meg Dalton thriller, Book 1)

Author: Roz Watkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/03/2018

Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger AwardThe Times Crime Book of the Month, April 2018'A fascinating debut' The Sunday Times'A touch of Agatha Christie, a dash of Ann Cleeves's Vera and a suitably moody setting in the Peaks...bring a formidable newcomer to British crime writing.' Daily Mail***A SHOCKING DEATHA lawyer is found dead in a Peak District cave, his face ribboned with scratches.A SINISTER MESSAGEAmidst rumours of a local curse, DI Meg Dalton is convinced this is cold-blooded murder. There's just one catch - chiselled into the cave wall above the body is an image of the grim reaper and the dead man's initials, and it's been there for over a century.A DEADLY GAME As Meg battles to solve the increasingly disturbing case, it's clear someone knows her secrets. The murderer is playing games with Meg - and the dice are loaded...A white-knuckle crime debut introducing DI Meg Dalton, perfect for fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley.