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Anne Coates

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As well as being a staff and freelance journalist, Anne has also edited and abridged fiction and narrative non-fiction. She has contributed short stories to various magazines and has published two collections with Lume Books. An interview with a prostitute commissioned for a national newspaper many years ago (but spiked as it was a tragic story) led her to think “what if..?” and so Dancers in the Wind, her first crime novel was conceived, published in 2016 by Urbane Publications who launched the sequel in May 2017: Death’s Silent Judgement, followed by Songs of Innocence, in May 2018 – now with the new title of Songs of Innocents, then Perdition’s Child  on 6 February, 2020. In April 2021 Urbane Publications ceased trading and Red Dog Press produced new editions of the series with the fifth title, Stage Call, published in January 2022. Red Dog Press has also ceased trading and the series is now published by Urban Fox Books with the sixth book, Murder in the Lady Chapel, publishing on 21 November 2023.

Anne lives in south east London where she lives with her rather unimpressed cat who would rather she wrote about him. Anne is working on an idea for a stand-alone psychological thriller plus a book for YA.

Books by Anne Coates

  • Murder in the Lady Chapel Murder in the Lady Chapel


  • Stage Call Stage Call

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  • Songs of Innocence Songs of Innocence

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  • Perdition’s Child Perdition’s Child

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  • Dancers in the Wind Dancers in the Wind

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  • Death’s Silent Judgement Death’s Silent Judgement

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