Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe

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 British Crime Writers Association best first novel award, for the Dagger in the Library three times and twice for the Short Story Dagger, winning in 2012. She was a winner of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain 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 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 and was optioned for TV. Running Out of Road was short-listed for the CrimeFest eDunnit Award for the best novel of 2021. It tells the story of eleven-year-old Scarlett, abducted by her estranged father and driven up into the hills with the police in hot pursuit. It’s a race against time played out in the brooding wilderness, the limestone gorges and gritstone edges of the Derbyshire Peaks. Her Blue Murder novels - gripping crime thrillers filled with twists - are newly published on Amazon as ebooks, audible or paperbacks. 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!
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