Liza Cody

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Liza Cody (born 11 April 1944, in London), is an English crime fiction writer.

She is the author of 13 novels and many short stories. Her Anna Lee series introduced the professional female private detective to British mystery fiction. The entire Anna Lee series was adapted for television and broadcast in both the U.K. and the U.S.[1]

Cody is also the author of the ground-breaking Bucket Nut Trilogy featuring professional wrestler Eva Wylie, as well as the stand-alone novels Rift, Gimme More, Ballad of a Dead Nobody, and Miss Terry. Gimme More and Ballad of a Dead Nobody reflected the author’s interest and experience in the world of music and musicians. Miss Terry is a thriller dealing with issues about the children of immigrant families in modern Britain. Cody's novels have been widely translated.

Cody’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines and a lavishly praised collection of her first seventeen was published as Lucky Dip and other stories.

Awards include the John Creasey Memorial Prize and the CWA Silver Dagger in the UK as well as an Anthony Award in the U.S. and a Marlowe in Germany.[2] She has twice been nominated for the MWA’s Edgars as well as for another Dagger.

Most of Cody's work is set in London. Her career before she began writing was mostly in the visual arts and included a stint as a hair inserter and colouring artiste at Madame Tussaud's Waxwork museum. Currently, she lives in Bath, England.


The Anna Lee series

  • Dupe (1980)
  • Bad Company (1982)
  • Stalker (1983)
  • Head Case (1985)
  • Under Contract (1986)
  • Backhand (1991)

The Eva Wylie series

  • Bucket Nut (1992)
  • Monkey Wrench (1994)
  • Musclebound (1997)

The Lady Bag books

  • Lady Bag (2013)
  • Crocodiles and good Intentions (2018)

Stand alone novels

  • Rift (1988)
  • Gimme More (2000)
  • Ballad of a Dead Nobody (2011)
  • Miss Terry (2012)

Short story collection


  1. ^ "Dupe By Liza Cody 1980 - London - Collins 8" by 5"; 238pp. | Scarce and decorative antiquarian books and first editions on all subjects | Rare Books | Rooke Books". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  2. ^ "The CWA Gold and Silver Dagger Awards for Fiction". 6 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2012.

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