My review of 2016 is very brief, because I have presents to wrap, and so do you.

This year has had many high points. Finishing my breast cancer treatment was one, and going straight into the Read Regional library tour was another. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet readers and library staff across the North. A film, about my Read Regional experience, was made for New Writing North. You can see it on their website .

I’ve also enjoyed meeting up with other authors and readers at Newcastle Noir, Bristol CrimeFest, Theakston’s Crime Festival at Harrogate and Iceland Noir, as well as events in York, London, Leeds, Worksop, Doncaster, and Scarborough, not forgetting the fabulous TBC party in London, where two hundred readers and writers met up, drank wine, and took hundreds of selfies. The photo above shows (from left to right) Daniel Pembrey, Claire Seeber, with TBC founder, Tracy Fenton, and me, with my shameless promo T-shirt.

I’ve been writing, of course, and re-writing, and editing. The third book in the Sean Denton series will, I promise, be finished soon. When it has a title, I’ll let you know.

Last, but not least, I’ve been reading and listening to some of the best writers in the business. Here are a few of my highlights:

Top Three Audio Books

Mark Billingham’s Die of Shame, narrated by the author, on Audible

James Oswald’s The Damage Done, narrated by Ian Hanmore, on Audible

Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, narrated by the author, on Audible


Top Three Crime/Thrillers of 2016 (not necessarily published this year, I’m still playing catch up with some authors!)

Slow Horses by Mick Herron

After You Die by Eva Dolan

In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings


And because I’ve been able to have a sneaky peak at some new releases, I can tell you

my top three books of early 2017 are:

Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch

Born Bad by Marnie Riches

Watch Me by Angela Clarke


My new year’s resolution is to start using my Goodreads account properly to record the books I’ve enjoyed. I’ve made a start with a review of Her Husband’s Lover and more will follow.


I want to thank all the readers out there who have read the books and sent lovely messages, and thank you for your patience, it will be rewarded with another Sean Denton book soon!