She is the author of eight novels, including the Sara Selkirk series, and Half Broken Things, which won the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Silver Dagger Award. She began writing in 1996 after a short story of hers was runner-up in a national competition sponsored by Good Housekeeping magazine. A visit to the Roman Baths with crime writer P.D. James germinated the plot of her first novel, Funeral Music (1998), the first in the Sara Selkirk series. It was nominated for a Dilys Award for the year's best mystery published in the USA.
Half Broken Things was adapted as a television film in 2007, starring Penelope Wilton.
Sara Selkirk novels
- Funeral Music (1998 - nominated for the Dilys Award)
- Fearful Symmetry (1999)
- Fruitful Bodies (2001)
- Half-Broken Things (2003 - CWA Silver Dagger award winner)
- Puccini's Ghosts (2005)
- The Night Following (2008 - nominated for the Edgar Award in Best Novel category)
- Across the Bridge (2011) (U.S. title, Among the Missing)
- Our Picnics in the Sun (2013)
- Good to Go
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