Raised in Bradford, CATH STAINCLIFFE graduated with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University. She moved to Manchester where she lives today, which provides a background for her stories. Her debut novel, "Looking For Trouble", was short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey Award for best first crime novel and her work has also been serialised on Woman’s Hour. She lives with her partner and their three children.
Bitter Blue (Sal Kilkenny Series #6)by Cath Staincliffe
On her first day back after the Easter break, Manchester based PI Sal Kilkenny takes on two new cases. The first is to discover who is sending offensive poison pen letters to hotel receptionist Lucy Barker. The second is surveillance work for a couple that want reassurance that there are no nuisance neighbors or criminal activity in the area they’re planning to buy a new home. As Sal prepares to stake out the streets a bitter cold snap plunges the country into arctic conditions. Her stress levels are not helped by the escalation of the campaign against Lucy Barker and her inability to nail the perpetrator who maddeningly avoids capture. Plus there’s trouble at home as Sal’s daughter Maddie seems unable to settle at school. When Sal’s normally mundane surveillance duties bring her face to face with a grim discovery and violent crime she’s sure that it just can’t get any worse before it gets better. Unluckily for Sal there is more than one surprise in store for her and a nightmarish sequence of events may well turn out to be a matter of life and death...
"The writing is accomplished and makes for very easy reading, much in the style of Ruth Rendell. Staincliffe has no need of padding or literary frills - it's just a good story, well told."
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