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Lesley McEvoy

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Lesley McEvoy was born and bred in Yorkshire and has had a passion for writing in one form or another all her life. The writing took a backseat as Lesley developed her career as a Behavioural Analyst / Profiler and Psychotherapist – setting up her own Consultancy business and therapy practice. She has written and presented extensively around the world for over 25 years specialising in behavioural profiling and training, with a wide variety of organisations. The corporate world provided unexpected sources of writing material when, as Lesley said – she found more psychopaths in business than in prison! Lesley’s work in some of the UK’s toughest prisons was where she met people whose lives had been characterised by drugs and violence and whose experiences informed the themes she now writes about. In December 2019, she was signed by Rogers, Coleridge and White Literary agency in London and is represented by Jon Wood.

World English Language rights in The Murder Mile, plus two further series novels, were acquired by Zaffre Books, in a three-book deal.

Ben Willis, publishing director for crime and thriller at Zaffre Books, said: ‘Lesley McEvoy is undoubtedly a future star in English crime fiction. An expert in her field, she brings unparalleled realism and insight to her unforgettable lead character Jo McCready. But it is her ability to weave this rich detail and experience into a gripping, twisty crime story that makes her so special.’

Books by Lesley McEvoy

  • A Deadly Likeness A Deadly Likeness


  • The Murder Mile The Murder Mile


  • The Killing Song The Killing Song


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