Hi, I’m Vanessa and welcome to my site.
In 2015, I won Bloody Scotland’s Pitch Perfect event and my first novel, Death Will Find Me, was published in February, 2019. The second Tessa Kilpatrick book will be out early next year and in the meantime, I’ll soon be launching a series of art crime thrillers.
You can find out more about me and what I’m up to by following the links at the top, and there are contact details below if you want to ask me any questions or invite me to talk at your bookshop, library or festival.
Category Archives: Shelf Notes
This Euro-thriller by Louise Millar – apparently a new direction from a writer who I hadn’t previously encountered – is quite a difficult book to review. On the one hand it kept me reading while my bathwater went cold and … Continue reading
It’s that time of year when books are arriving at an astonishing rate, both proofs from publishers of titles to be published early next year and new titles that have caught my eye and which I’ve ordered from the wholesaler. … Continue reading
Orenda Books is a tiny publisher specialising in commercial but still literary, mainly crime, fiction and with a strong Scandinavian bias. Karen Sullivan, its MD, is an absolute tornado of enthusiasm and Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson is one of the … Continue reading
We’ve all fallen in love with a run-down old house and imagined buying it and making it into a happy home once more but what if you arrived to find that you weren’t the only inhabitants and that your fellow … Continue reading
Lynn Shepherd’s The Pierced Heart blends Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a Victorian detective story in an ambitious but successful novel. To summarise, an Austrian nobleman offers a substantial donation to the University of Oxford and renowned investigator Charles Maddox is … Continue reading