Blue Murder – a gripping crime thriller filled with twists

Blue Murder is out from Joffe Books now with a great new cover! And Hit and Run will kick off August. I’m really looking forward to the stories reaching a whole new audience. The books are based on my scripts from Blue Murder, the TV series I created almost twenty years ago. It all began with an unpublished novel and a tip from my Murder Squad pal Ann Cleeves, who knew Granada TV were looking for crime-drama ideas with women detectives at the centre. I was incredibly lucky to get Blue Murder commissioned by ITV and the show went on to be broadcast around the world in places from Iceland to Afghanistan, Fiji to Brazil. Now I hope that readers here and abroad will enjoy getting to know Janine Lewis, who juggles a demanding family life and a challenging job, and her Manchester team.  And for those of you who like audiobooks, Blue Murder is also available on Audible.

‘Uncluttered and finely detailed prose.’ Birmingham Post

‘Complex and satisfying in its handling of Lewis’s agonised attempts to be both a good cop and a good mother’ The Sunday Times

‘Beautifully realised little snapshots of the different characters’ lives … Compelling stuff.’ Sherlock Magazine

 ‘A swift, satisfying read.’ City Life

 ‘Precise and detailed delineation of contemporary family relationships.’ Tangled Web

‘Lewis seems set to become another very popular string to Staincliffe’s bow as one of the leading English murder writers.’ Manchester Metro

 ‘Pace and plenty of human interest.’ Publishing News

‘Blending the warmth of family life with the demands of a police investigation.’ Manchester Evening News

‘Juggling work and family is a challenge of modern life and encountering realistically portrayed women with family responsibilities is a pleasure. Staincliffe is a veteran crime fiction writer and so her plots are well-thought-out and puzzling.’ Deadly Pleasures