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Guest Editor for July - Cath Staincliffe Guest Editor - Cath Staincliffe

In this special section discover more about her books and find out more about the stories and authors who have inspired and influenced her writing.


Guest Editor's Featured Books

Blink of an Eye by Cath Staincliffe
Blink of an Eye
Cath Staincliffe
An intelligent, emotionally engaging family drama cum mystery, from the screen writer of ITV's Scott & Bailey, following the effects on three families after a fatal road accident. How would your family feel if your reckless driving caused the death...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2013
Go Not Gently by Cath Staincliffe
Go Not Gently
Cath Staincliffe
Single mum and private investigator Sal Kilkenny’s two new clients look to have pretty straightforward cases - proof of adultery and proof of abuse. But things are rarely what they seem at first glance....The second in the much praised Sal...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/05/2013
Split Second by Cath Staincliffe
Split Second
Cath Staincliffe
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A group of rowdy kids on a bus, things sound nasty, they turn on a black boy, chase him off, a stranger intervenes and two boys are injured. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2012
Looking For Trouble by Cath Staincliffe
Looking For Trouble
Cath Staincliffe
Complex, satisfying and very human crime stories set in Manchester with struggling single mother Sal Kilkenny, private eye, at the physical and emotional heart of the plot. In her first case she is asked by a mother to find her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
Witness by Cath Staincliffe
Witness
Cath Staincliffe
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Her book on euthanasia, The Kindest Thing, was terrific. This one is on gang culture and how a community deals with murder witnessed by four unconnected people (almost)....
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/07/2011
The Kindest Thing by Cath Staincliffe
The Kindest Thing
Cath Staincliffe
A stunning novel that looks in to the controversial topic of assisted suicide. When a woman helps her husband to die she finds herself in the dock for murder. This raises so many questions and poses the story from all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/05/2010

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Guest Editor's Chosen Authors

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beloved
Toni Morrison
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on Beloved... Probably the most powerful book I’ve ever read. Morrison gives us a searing indictment of slavery and racism in a beautifully written and harrowing story about a woman and her children...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/12/2007
Cop Hater by Ed McBain
Cop Hater
Ed McBain
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on Cop Hater... McBain more or less invented the police procedural charting the daily work of cops in the big city. This was the first 87th precinct novel with an ensemble cast of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/09/2010
A is for Alibi a Kinsey Millhone Mystery by Sue Grafton
A is for Alibi a Kinsey Millhone Mystery
Sue Grafton
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on A is for Alibi... Sue Grafton’s private eye, Kinsey Millhone, walking the mean streets of Santa Teresa was part of the inspiration for my own character Sal Kilkenny. Kinsey is an independent,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
The Neon Rain
James Lee Burke
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Neon Rain... One of my favourite writers, I love the setting for the Robicheaux novels, the breathtaking natural world of the Louisiana bayou, the lyrical writing style and the way the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2005
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Handmaid's Tale... A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and misogynistic. Where infertility is rife, the handmaid’s role is to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/1998
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
Rubbernecker
Belinda Bauer
Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2013. CWA Judges' comment: “An astonishing work featuring Asperger’s sufferer Patrick with the author expertly weaving the magic first witnessed in the brilliant Blacklands, in a superbly developed plot using parallel streams to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2013

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Cath Staincliffe, our July 2013 Guest Editor July 2013 Guest Editor - Cath Staincliffe Cath Staincliffe is the author of the acclaimed Sal Kilkenny mysteries and the Scott & Bailey tv tie-in novels, as well as being a scriptwriter for ITV’s hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library award, she lives in Manchester with her partner and their three children. Click here to visit Cath Staincliffe's website.

Author photo © Paul Herrmann

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Probably the most powerful book I’ve ever read. Morrison gives us a searing indictment of slavery and racism in a beautifully written and harrowing story about a woman and her children haunted by a child ghost in the aftermath of the American civil war. Click here to read more...

Cop Hater by Ed McBain
McBain more or less invented the police procedural charting the daily work of cops in the big city. This was the first 87th precinct novel with an ensemble cast of characters who work in an atmosphere of camaraderie (and occasional conflict) and engage in banter as a way to cope with the demands of the job. Click here to read more...

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
Sue Grafton’s private eye, Kinsey Millhone, walking the mean streets of Santa Teresa was part of the inspiration for my own character Sal Kilkenny. Kinsey is an independent, single, fiercely moral heroine with an engaging, self-deprecating voice. Click here to read more...

The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
One of my favourite writers, I love the setting for the Robicheaux novels, the breathtaking natural world of the Louisiana bayou, the lyrical writing style and the way the novels explore how past iniquity and inequality pervades and pollutes the present. Dave Robicheaux is a fascinating, flawed and complex character. Click here to read more...

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and misogynistic. Where infertility is rife, the handmaid’s role is to bear children for the ruling class. Click here to read more...

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
A wonderful contemporary crime novel, cleverly plotted, moving and darkly comic with excellently drawn characters and heart stopping suspense. Anatomy student Patrick is determined to uncover the meaning of death in order to understand what happened to his father in a quest that quickly spirals out of control. Click here to read more...

Below are the names of our previous Guest Editors. Click on an author name to view their selections.

Cath Staincliffe
Charles Cumming
Kate Mosse
Simon Garfield
Barbara Erskine
Joanne Harris
Paul Torday
Alan Bradley
Joanna Trollope
Simon Lelic
Victoria Hislop
Philippa Gregory
Deborah Lawrenson
Alexander McCall Smith
Suzannah Dunn
Carol Drinkwater
Lesley Lokko
Robert Goddard
Carmen Reid
Lisa Gardner
Juliet Gardiner
Belle de Jour
Veronica Henry
Louise Candlish
Patrick Gale
John Boyne
Katharine McMahon
Susan Fletcher
Simon Kernick