Well you’ve made it this far, we might as well get acquainted. You already know I write crime novels, though I suppose you could’ve stumbled on here by accident, in which case, why don’t you stay a while? You’re very welcome. I suppose it’s on this page I tell you I’m widowed with two sons and a dog with a God complex but more about them later…
I write two crime series – A police procedural following DS Kevin Coupland who’s trying hard to hold onto his stripes while keeping the good people of Salford safe in their beds, and a gritty, hard boiled series set in Edinburgh’s criminal underworld featuring loveable rogue Davy Johnson.
Love Audiobooks? My DS Coupland series is available in audiobook and digital download, click on the link above to hear a sample.
The eighth book in my DS Coupland series, Made To Be Broken, will be published on 27th May 2022.
Here are the other books in my DS Coupland series:
The body of a teenage girl is found two days after being reported missing. A discussion with the pathologist reveals that another girl was found in similar circumstances only her murder never made it into the press. When DS Kevin Coupland looks into the earlier case he finds out-dated views and social stereotyping have thwarted the investigation from the beginning.
Along with Acting DS Chris Ashcroft he lifts the lid on a world where victims are defined by their postcode, where certain crimes are written off as a ‘lifestyle.’ Yet beneath a layer of public indifference lies a world far darker than Coupland thought possible.
Just when Coupland thinks he’s getting closer to the perpetrators a child goes missing, blowing everything he thought he’d discovered out of the water.
The darkness keeps getting deeper…
It’s as though Salford is under a permanent full moon, not helped by the fact DS Kevin Coupland is fighting to hold onto his career. Following an allegation that he was behind a prisoner’s murder in HMP Manchester, Coupland enlists the help of the one man everyone is certain has set him up – Kieran Tunney, a notorious crime boss already under investigation by the murder squad.
The murder squad’s resources at Salford Precinct Station are stretched to the limit. DS Kevin Coupland is called out to a fatal fire at a local residential home for vulnerable people, and immediately suspects arson. One of the victims is the sister of local gangster Kieran Tunney, sparking revenge attacks which threaten to bring the city to a standstill.
For Coupland the clock is ticking. With a Professional Standards hearing to prepare for and an avenging gangster to contend with he makes a shocking discovery which has devastating repercussions – for the community, for the crime boss, and for Coupland himself.
When he stopped a serial killer in his tracks the year before, he thought that would be the end of it, but for DS Kevin Coupland his nightmare has just begun.
A child’s body is discovered in the bottom of a bag, kicking off a major investigation for Salford Precinct’s murder squad. Soon the National Crime Agency roll into town and Coupland is under strict instructions to play nice.
He’s got enough on his plate to worry about politics. A shock discovery in his personal life is starting to take its toll, causing him to make decisions that bring him to the attention of the powers that be for all the wrong reasons.
DS Alex Moreton returns from maternity leave to find her partner deeply troubled, but with a cold case to review she’s in no position to prevent him hitting the self-destruct button.
As he hunts down the child’s killer Coupland is forced to reflect upon his own life and find an answer to the question he’s long been avoiding. Will he ever step out from his father’s shadow?
One Bad Turn – No sooner has DS Kevin Coupland stepped off a plane from a family holiday than he gets a call that a woman’s body has been found on a path beside a recreation park in a smart suburb in Salford. Account Manager Sharon Mathers suffered a brutal blow to the head following a night out with friends from work. Teamed with DC Ashcroft who has transferred from the Met under a cloud, Coupland struggles to find a motive for the killing when two days later another body is found, this time at the bottom of a footbridge at Salford Station. Could the same person be responsible? When a third body is found Coupland discovers the killings are linked to a murder in ’92 when he was a probationer – could he be linked in some way to the killer?
A Place of Safety – A drive by shooting leaves a witness in fear for her life. At first the case looks like a local turf war gone wrong, but someone in power is doing everything they can to cover the killer’s tracks. What deadly secret are they trying to hide?
Fragile Cord – This was my debut novel, introducing Salford detectives Kevin Coupland and Alex Moreton as they investigate the murder-suicide of a young woman and her son. Please browse some of the reviews I’ve had for this, others can be found on Amazon by clicking on the book icon above.
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