Patricia Hall is a former journalist who worked for The Yorkshire Post, The Guardian, and The Observer. The author of nine previous crime novels featuring Thackeray and Ackroyd, including Deep Freeze, she was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Oxford.
The creator of Yorkshire reporter Laura Ackroyd (Dead Reckoning, 2003, etc.) moves south to launch a new series featuring aspiring photographer Kate O'Donnell.
As the Mersey Beat rises in Liverpool, hordes of Scousers are leaving their hometown to seek their fortunes in London. Read full book review >
Sending Bradford's Detective Chief Inspector Michael Thackeray (Dead on Arrival, 2001, etc.) to a training course at Oxford to help him heal from his latest trauma—the ambush of two of his detectives—may not have been Superintendent Jack Longley's best idea. Read full book review >
The Docklands are a study in contrasts: In the shadow of the gleaming new office towers of Canary Wharf huddle the mean council flats that shelter London's unwanted and sometimes illegal immigrants, who fled political oppression in Asia and Africa only to find discrimination and brutality in the land of liberty. Read full book review >
In the wake of a series of assaults on the children who live in the grim Heights project (universally dubbed ``Wuthering Heights''), Bradfield Gazette reporter Laura Ackroyd is approached by the TV series Case Re-opened to poke around in a ten-year-old homicide: the murder of young Tracy Miller. Read full book review >