Cath Staincliffe


Cath Staincliffe is an award-winning novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV' s hit series Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey Best First Novel award for her acclaimed Sal Kilkenny series, and for the Dagger in the Library award in 2006.

She was joint winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger award in 2012 for Laptop. Her best-selling stand-alone novels all focus on topical moral dilemmas and ordinary families caught up in the criminal justice system. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey books based on the popular ITV series.

Cath is a founding member of Murder Squad, a group who promote crime fiction. Cath lives in Manchester with her partner and family.



Fiction, Crime Fiction, Screenwriting, Short Stories

Publications & Performance History

23 novels to date (2016). The Kindest Thing, Witness, Split Second, Blink of an Eye, Letters To My Daughter's Killer, Half The World Away, The Silence Between Breaths.

Sal Kilkenny mysteries: Looking For Trouble, Go Not Gently, Dead Wrong, Stone Cold Red Hot, Towers Of Silence, Bitter Blue, Missing.

Blue Murder novels: Blue Murder, Hit and Run, Make Believe, Desperate Measures.

Scott and Bailey novels: Dead To Me, Bleed Like Me, Ruthless.

Workshop & Reading Experience

Extensive experience of workshops, readings and events


Cathy Bolton, Manchester Literature Festival.

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Area prepared to travel

Anywhere considered

Other information

Due to time pressure Cath is concentrating on readings, talks, discussion and panels rather than workshops.
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