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Cath Staincliffe

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Cath Staincliffe is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV’s hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath’s books have been short-listed for the CWA best first novel award, for the Dagger in the Library twice and twice for the Short Story Dagger, winning in 2012. She was a winner of the WGGB Best Radio Drama Award in 2019. Cath’s Sal Kilkenny private eye series features a single-parent sleuth working the mean streets of Manchester. Her debut Looking For Trouble was serialised on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, informed by Cath’s own experience. Letters To My Daughter’s Killer was selected for Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club in 2014 and featured on ITV3’s Crime Thriller Club. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey novels based on the popular UK TV series. Cath created the probate detective series Legacy for BBC Radio 4 and guest writes on the Stone police drama. Her recent stand-alone novels examine the impact of crime on ordinary families. The Girl in the Green Dress was inspired by her experience as the parent of a transgender child. Cath’s latest book, Running out of Road, is a race against time, played out in the brooding wilderness, the limestone gorges and gritstone edges of the Derbyshire Peaks when eleven-year-old Scarlett is abducted on her way home from school. Cath is one of the founding members of Murder Squad – a group of Northern crime writers who give readings, talks and signings around the country. Cath was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK and now lives in Manchester, Lancashire with her family. You can follow her on Twitter, @CathStaincliffe, where she hangs about when she should be busy writing!

Author photo © www.jilljennings.com

Daggers

Short story - 2012

Other Awards

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Best Radio Drama Award joint winner in 2019 for Stone (BBC Radio 4).

Books by Cath Staincliffe

  • Running out of Road

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  • Quiet Acts of Violence

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  • Fear of Falling

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  • The Girl in the Green Dress

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  • The Silence Between Breaths

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  • Half the World Away

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  • Letters to my Daughter's Killer

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  • Ruthless

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  • Blink of an Eye

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  • Bleed Like Me

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  • Split Second

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  • Dead to Me

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  • Witness

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  • The Kindest Thing

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  • Trio

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  • Looking for Trouble

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  • Go Not Gently

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  • Dead Wrong

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  • Stone Cold Red Hot

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  • Towers Of Silence

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  • Bitter Blue

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  • Crying Out Loud

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  • Blue Murder

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  • Hit And Run

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  • Make Believe

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  • Desperate Measures

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