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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.

LATEST NEWS: BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS (Book nine) will be out on 30 April 2023!


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Here are the other books in my DS Coupland series:

Made To Be Broken (Book eight)

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The investigation into the murder of an investment banker reveals a hidden side to sharp-suited victim Adam Sinclair – and a cast-iron reason why someone would want him dead. The problem is DS Kevin Coupland knows the chief suspect. Not a friend in the conventional sense, but certainly the closest he’s had to one. Coupland follows his gut and pursues a more likely suspect, but as he digs deeper into the investigation, he learns they are guilty of an entirely different crime, one that forces him to confront a trauma from his childhood.

When Darkness Falls

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…

Sticks and Stones

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.

Flesh and Blood

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 TurnNo 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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My Coupland series is available in kindle, paperback and audiobook format.

Fragile Cord (DS Coupland #1)

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29 responses to “About

  1. Pat Hunter

    Are there to be anymore Coupland books


  2. Vicki Fleming

    Omg I just finished One Bad Turn!!! I read a lot and this is absolutely the best book I have read this year!! And I average a couple dozen books a month!! I don’t have the words to say how good it is! I thought the first two were good, gave them both five stars! But this one should get a hundred stars! I picked it up this morning and just finished it in time to start dinner!!! You have the greatest creative imagination. I hope number four is coming out soon, like tomorrow? Lol I love your writing!! You were now my favorite author!! And I’ll tell everyone to read your books!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!!!!!!! Vicki


    • Wow! Well Vicki, you have totally made my day and if you know what has been going on in my personal life recently then you will understand what a tonic your praise has been, thank you so much! I am currently working on book 4 of the Coupland series which I am hoping will be out in the Spring. Bless you for making contact and shining a light in what has been a very dark tunnel.


  3. Evelyn Hamby

    Just read A Fragile Cord a wonderful but disturbing book.Cant wait to start the next one.Thank you for being a great author.Reading is my greatest pleasure in life besides my grandkids.


  4. Joan

    So pleased to have found your books. I’m reading the third one now and hoping for a fourth. I’m in Pennsylvania, USA. Really enjoy British police procedural. I will recommend all your books. I lost my husband of 58 years last Nov. and books like yours take me away from reality for a time. Thank you…


  5. Deby

    Have made error in not finding this author before. Can’t wait until tomorrow as hoping to get the next one. It’s 2,45 & had to finish it ….maybe I can get some sleep now.
    Beautiful writing it’s so nice to be transported merged in a great book.


  6. Richard Yates

    Just took my first step in the journey by receiving Fragile Cord in the post today. Can’t wait to immerse myself in the trilogy !


  7. Judy Markall

    Just getting started on Fragile Cord – looks fantastic x


  8. Nancy Sheahan

    Dear Emma; you are one terrific writer ! I am sincerely sorry about the loss of your husband and whether you wrote before his passing.? I am intrigued by your police procedural knowledge, psychological background and warm thoughtful heart . I am a Canadian from Ottawa of Irish ancestry and lover of British, Scotish and Irish Police Procedural . You are going to be getting comparisons to Rankin and McDermid . Although intense at times you have a wonderful way of showing structure in you story as well as love, forgiveness and compassion.


  9. Diane Mills

    Hi Emma just to say really enjoyed Fragile Cord. I have just started A Place of Safety and am sure I’ll be reading the whole series.
    I was surprised to read that you used to work in the banks in Coleshill and Castle Bromwich, Coleshill was my local but closed now. Anyway think your writing is great glad you gave up banking.


    • Thanks for getting in touch Diane. Coleshill is a lovely part of the country, I really enjoyed working with the team there although I was never really cut out for it! Maybe our paths crossed…regards, Emma


  10. Catherine Gaffney

    Love the Coupland series.


  11. Dorothy Thomas

    Love your books and only just realised that you are based in East Lothian. I live in North Berwick and was also widowed young. Perhaps we have smiled at each other in passing.


    • Hi Dorothy
      Many thanks for getting in touch. I am sorry to hear we have this in common, I do hope you are getting on ok. I’m delighted that you’re enjoying the series, I love writing about Coupland and his investigations. Take care!


  12. Theresa Whelan

    Thank you for these books, I’m reading them with a passion I had for Patricia Cornell a long time ago, you’ve revived my love of great crime novels x


  13. Jeanette Wood

    Absolutely love all of your books and characters. Would be happy to receive your newsletter….thank you Emma


  14. Jacqueline swain

    Have to say Coupland is my favourite ever Detective can’t wait for NO 7 so excited .x


  15. Gail

    Hi Emma
    Hope you are well I’ve been into town today looking for your books in paperback for Xmas gift. Very surprised that they weren’t available in the shops??
    I will order from Amazon wanted first 3 for Dilys my mother in law for Xmas


    • Hello Gail, I’m just updating my website today and came across this message from you that I hadn’t seen and therefore didn’t answer! My sincere apologies for missing your message. I used to go notifications but I’m guessing that doesn’t happen now. At the moment my books are available from online retailers, Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Nook etc. They are available in ebook/print and audiobook form so I hope you were able to purchase them for your mother in law. In the meantime I shall make a not to myself to check my website more often…Cheers


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