The Deadly Dames (plus special guest)
The Deadly Dames are a group of writers who love to talk about crime fiction and we are thrilled that they will be presenting during Saturday of the Oxford Convention. The Deadly Dames are Charlie Cochrane, Joan Moules, Eileen Robertson, Nicola Slade, and Carol Westron. For Convention they will also be joined by their special guest Peter Tickler. To find out more about the Deadly Dames visit their Facebook page or read on for details about each of the individuals in the group.
Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice – like managing a rugby team – so she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries. A member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and International Thriller Writers Inc., Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows series, set in Edwardian England, was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name.
Charlie’s latest contemporary crime novel is The Best Corpse for the Job, featuring Inspector Robin Bright and schoolteacher Adam Matthews. For more information about Charlie and her work, visit her website.
Joan Moules was born in Hastings, Sussex, and spent the first nine years of her life there. In 1940 she moved to London. Joan always wanted to write a book and in 1979 her first one Strand of Gold was published. Since then she has written another 20 books. Her first crime novel Script for Murder is set in the theatre in the 1950s and is the first in the series featuring Inspector Carding and Sergeant Binns.
Joan says to walk into a bookshop and see a book with your name on the cover is the icing on the cake. Especially if someone is buying it. For more information about Joan and her work visit her website.
Yorkshire born Eileen Robertson was for many years a lecturer in German and Creative Writing at Highbury College, Cosham, and at Portsmouth University. Eileen’s first cosy crime novel, Miss McGuire is Missing, was published by Robert Hale in July 2010. Her second book Blackmail for Beginners, was published in February 2012 and her third, We’ll Be Watching You in October 2013.
Eileen’s books have been described as ‘cosy crime with a hard edge’. For more information about her and her work visit her website.
Nicola Slade was brought up in Poole, Dorset, and since then has lived in various placed including Cairo, in Egypt. Nicola writes two separate series: one historical and one contemporary. The latest novel in the historical series, which features Charlotte Richmond, a young Victorian widow, is The Dead Queen’s Garden. Nicola’s new series of contemporary mysteries, Murder Fortissimo and The Crowded Coffin, features recently retired headmistress Harriet Quigley and her clergyman cousin Canon Sam Hathaway.
Nicola lives with her husband near Winchester in Hampshire. For more information about her and her work visit her website.
Carol Westron is a successful writer of short stories, novels, children’s books and articles and a Creative Writing teacher. For the past two years she has been writing monthly articles on the Golden Age of Mystery for the international ezine Mystery People. Her first novel The Terminal Velocity of Cats (published July 2013) is a fast-paced police procedural, the first in the series featuring archaeologist turned Scene of Crimes Officer Mia Trent. About the Children the second of the Serious Crime Team novels set in the south of England, was published in March 2014, as was Carol’s children’s picture book Adi and the Dream Train. Carol’s latest contemporary crime book, The Fragility of Poppies, will be published early in 2015.
For more information about Carol and her work visit her website.
Peter Tickler is the author of the Blood in Oxford series of crime novels. He sets murderous plots in the side streets of the Oxford in which he has lived for over half his life. Novels in the series are Blood on the Cowley Road, Blood in Grandpont, and Blood on the Marsh. Peter has more recently started to script short films. The first, A Place for Everything, was shot in China and released to coincide with Halloween. The second, Wrong Number, stars Jane Wymark (aka Joyce Barnaby in Midsomer Murders) and will be released in 2015.
Peter admits to being a committed fan of Oxford United and is looking forward to presenting in his home city.