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H. A. Linskey - 'Alice Teale is Missing'

H. A. Linskey is originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, but now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter. Under Howard Linskey, he is the author of a series of crime novels set in the North-East, featuring detective Ian Bradshaw and journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton.

Howard is currently reading 'The Man on the Street' by Trevor Wood: 'An incredible debut. "The Man on the Street" is a highly original but authentic slice of north-east crime fiction, from the darkest streets of Newcastle. Gripping, with a stunning conclusion.'

Fiona Erskine - 'The Chemical Detective'

Fiona Erskine is a professional engineer based in Teesside, although she  frequently travels to Brazil, Russia, India and China. As a female engineer, she is often the lone representative of her gender in board meetings, cargo ships, night-time factories and offshore oil rigs, and her fiction offers a fascinating insight into this traditionally male world.  She is the author of The Chemical Detective, whose heroine Jaq Silver was memorably described by the Standard as ‘the love child of Jack Reacher and Nancy Drew.’

Kate Bradley (debut) - 'To Keep You Safe'

Kate Bradley worked for many years managing services for people who are marginalised by society; her work has taken her into prisons, mental health hospitals and alongside the homeless. She currently works in education. She holds a first-class degree in English Literature, in addition to qualifications in creative writing and teaching. Kate lives in a small coastal town just outside of Brighton with her husband and sons. To Keep You Safe is her debut novel.

Kate has just reread ‘The Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins: 'I first read it 15 years’ ago and have been meaning to reread it for a long time as it’s so brilliantly atmospheric. Published in 1859, it’s considered one of the first detective stories. I obviously love reading contemporary fiction too, and am currently devouring "The Memory Wood" by Sam Lloyd, which is proving compulsive and creepy. It’s not out until March but is definitely one to look out for!'

Sam Lloyd (debut) - 'The Memory Wood'.

Sam Lloyd grew up in Hampshire, making up stories and building secret hideaways in his local woods. These days he lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and a dog that likes to howl. The Memory Wood is his debut thriller.

What Sam is currently reading: ‘My in-laws bought me cloth-bound editions of the Brontes' works for Christmas. I just finished "Wuthering Heights", and enjoyed every word. I'm now reading "The Hunting Party" by Lucy Foley. Up next after that: "Three Hours" by Rosamund Lupton and "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins.’

Moderator: Sophie Goodfellow

Sophie Goodfellow has been a book publicist for nearly eight years, and is communications manager with FMcM Associates. She is a judge on the CWA Short Story Dagger and has been described as being ‘a bit like Olivia Colman’ and ‘a Dick King Smith character trapped in reality.’

Sophie has just finished 'The Second Sleep' by Robert Harris: 'This is the first book of his that I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it! A brilliant and all too feasible, futuristic concept, perfectly executed.'

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