My writing career began in 2007, when I was the first crime author to be published by Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins, which has gone on to become one of the biggest imprints in the UK. To be part of the launch in July 2007 gave me little idea of what lay ahead, but I loved my six years with Avon, five of which were spent writing the Jack Garrett books.

The idea for the character came about simply because of my desire to not make a lawyer as a focal point. As a criminal lawyer, I worried that I would be too obsessed about accuracy rather than making it interesting and entertaining. Jack Garrett is a crime reporter, which gave me all the fun of the law and crime but none of the procedural hang-ups.

Although I regarded them as the Jack Garrett books, my publisher regarded them as the Laura McGanity books, as the second main character is a detective of that name. They become romantically involved, and I like the conflict, because he wants to find out about her cases, and she wants him to stay out of them. There's a natural push and pull. By way of compromise, I refer to them simply as the Jack and Laura books.

I enjoyed some success with this series. Fallen Idols was longlisted for a World Book Day Award, and Cold Kill was a number one bestseller, being the biggest selling book across all genres throughout July 2011, and was the third biggest selling ebook of the year.

There are five books in the series, and they are probably the darkest of my books. I hope you enjoy them. Just click on each image to find out more about each book.

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