Fiction A – G

Novels by the following York Authors can be found on this page:

  • Helen Cadbury
  • Julian Cole
  • Kat Dale
  • N.E.David
  • Donna Douglas.

ToCatchARabbit-NewHelen Cadbury
To Catch a Rabbit
New Edition published by Allison & Busby, January 2015
Genre: Crime
Set in York? Partially
Description: There is nowhere to run…
A dead woman sits slumped against the door of a grubby trailer. She’s on Sean Denton’s patch, but who is she, how did she get there and why doesn’t CID want to investigate? As Doncaster’s youngest PCSO, Denton takes the case into his own hands, but he’s way out of his depth. When people are reported missing, Sean must work backwards – facing corruption from outside and inside the force – before anyone else falls victim to South Yorkshire’s murky world of migrants and the sex-trade.
Meanwhile Karen Friedman, professional mother of two, learns her brother has disappeared. She desperately needs to know he’s safe, but once she starts looking, she discovers unexpected things about her own needs and desires.
Played out against a gritty landscape on the edge of a northern town, Karen and Sean risk losing all they hold precious.
Reviews: ‘A hugely assured and gripping debut. Let’s hope we see a lot more of Sean Denton.’ Mark Billingham
‘This is one of those rare finds – a literary crime novel that you can’t put down.  It’s exciting, pacey, vivid, and humane.  Helen Cadbury can write and she can tell a story: read her!’ Lesley Glaister
Awards: Winner of the Northern Crime Award 2012
Read a sample: Here
Find out more: At Helen Cadbury’s website
Pre-order for 22nd January 2015 release from: Amazon

Cover of Cole - BaedekerJulian Cole
The Baedeker Murders
Kindle, 2012. e-book
Genre: Crime/history
Set in York? Yes
Description: Time-slip crime story set in York during the war and modern times. An old man who bombed York returns to make amends and during his pilgrimage is murdered in Guildhall. Chief Inspector Sam Rounder investigates, while brother Rick falls for a woman he has been hired to shadow.
Reviews: ‘A good long read with sex and murder and a host of small personal dramas, sprinkled throughout; this book will while away a few good hours.’ Peter W Jenkins on Amazon
Find out more and buy from: Amazon

Cover of Cole - Felicity's Gate Julian Cole
Felicity’s Gate
Minotaur Books/Quick Brown Fox Publications, 2009. Hardback/Paperback
Genre: Crime
Set in York? Yes
Description: An artist is murdered near to York Cemetery. The chief suspect? Her friend and lover, Moses Mundy? Sam Rounder investigates. What is her connection to the cemetery; why does the inspector keep the discovery of her diaries secret; and what about that naked paintings?
Reviews: ‘Rich with symbolism, artistry and beauty a spellbinding mystery that is part crime noir, part serial killer thriller, part whodunit and part police procedural.’ Gumshoe.
‘The author proves that he’s no one-hit wonder, and “Felicity’s Gate” establishes his series as one to watch.’ Richmond Times Despatch
Find out more and buy from: Amazon

Cover of Cole - The Amateur Historian Julian Cole
The Amateur Historian
Minotaur Books/Quick Brown Fox Publications,2007. Hardback/Paperback
Genre: Crime/history
Set in York? Yes
Description: A young girl is kidnaped in 2001 and her fate lies wrapped in what happened to another girl living in poverty 100 years earlier. Two brother, Rick and Sam Rounder, work on different sides of the law to solve the modern crime.
Reviews: ’The Amateur Historian succeeds on so many levels that the reader can but hope that Cole’s next effort lives up to this commanding debut.’ Richmond Times Despatch
‘A fine complex mystery’ Harriet Klausner
‘Rings so many fresh changes on the echoes-of-the-past thriller.’ Kirkus
Find out more and buy from: Amazon

Cover of DALE DislocationKat Dale
Dislocation
Myopia, 2013. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Commercial literary fiction
Set in York? Set in rural and urban Yorkshire.
Description: Jane swaps her high heels for a pair of wellies to kidnap twelve getting-fat geese. But can she also kick off Oliver’s domination? Exploring emotional and sexual manipulation in relationships, Dislocation is a surreal amalgam of humour, drama and romance, with a tweak of menace and a sprinkling of philosophy.
Reviews: ***** Amazon reviews. ‘Dislocated with laughing – a great read.’ ‘A brilliant piece of observational social comment.’ ‘Beats Sudoku any day.’ ‘At times very funny, at others disturbing and dark, with passages of poetic beauty. Cleverly crafted to give a disquieting sense of what is unfolding, with some unexpected twists. Well worth a read.’
Read a sample: www.katdale.co.uk
Find out more and buy from: Author’s website | Amazon (e-book) | Amazon (paperback)

Cover of Birds of the NileN.E.David
Birds of the Nile
John Hunt Publishing, 2013.Paperback and e-book
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Set in York? No
Description: When Michael Blake takes early retirement from the British Embassy in Cairo, he books a long–awaited birding trip. But half way up the Nile he meets Lee Yong and things begin to change. Their tour guide, Reda, isn’t all he seems either and when the Egyptian revolution kicks off, Blake finds himself embroiled in a tangled web of love and intrigue. Set against the background of the events of January 2011, BIRDS OF THE NILE is a powerful story of loss and self discovery as three disparate characters, each with their own agenda, seek to come to terms with change.
Review: ‘Vivid settings, crisp writing and a highly relevant story make BIRDS OF THE NILE a gripping read. Egypt’s great inheritance and chaotic present are brought convincingly to life, and the politics behind the uprising deftly sketched. Against this background, a haunting love story develops to an unpredictable conclusion. I have always admired N.E.David’s short fiction. His long-awaited first novel does not disappoint.’ Pauline Kirk, a member of the Pennine Poets and the Editor of Fighting Cock Press
Find out more from: Author’s website
Buy from: Amazon (Kindle) l  Amazon (paperback)

Cover of DAVID - A DAY AT THE RACES N.E. David
A Day At The Races

Stairwell Books, 2011. Paperback and e-book
Genre: Drama
Set in York? No
Description: Car mechanic Baz could have been a contender, but an accident at work put paid to his sporting career. Things aren’t altogether right in the marriage department either, so when the boss calls a day out, Baz sees a chance to get it all sorted …
Reviews: ‘Perfectly paced with surprises all the way through. Couldn’t put it down.’ Scorponock
Find out more from: Author’s website
Buy from: Amazon (e-book) l Publisher (Paperback)

Cover of DAVID - FERIA N.E. David
Feria – A Spanish Comedy
Stairwell Books, 2010. Paperback and e-book
Genre: Comedy
Set in York? No
Description: It’s time for the annual festival but a terrorist has hijacked the paella van, the Chief of Police is drunk and The Mayor is having an affair with a flamenco dancer – all of which leaves Pepe in charge. Pepe – young, handsome and desperately in love with Rosita …
Reviews: ‘A fun portrayal of Spanish village life.’ Susan Buchanan
‘Not often that I laugh aloud while reading but I did with this.’ Naomi
Find out more from:
Author’s website
Buy from: Amazon (e-book) l Publisher (Paperback)

Cover of DAVID - CAROL'S CHRISTMAS N.E.David
Carol’s Christmas
Stairwell Books, 2009. Paperback and e-book
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Set in York? Yes
Description: It’s Christmas Eve and in Acacia Avenue the lights are on, big style – flashing lights on every house – except at number 26 where Brian sits in darkness waiting for his daughter Carol to come home.  This will be the first Christmas they will have spent together since Edna died …
Reviews: ‘A lovely story, which left me feeling great about life and love. Perfect for a winter’s day curled up with a cup of tea!’ Scorponock
‘A heart-warming and redemptive treat.’ Maybelline
Find out more from: Author’s website
Buy from: Amazon (e-book) l Publisher (Paperback)

Cover of DonnaDouglasNightingaleGirls Donna Douglas
The Nightingale Girls
Arrow, 2012. Paperback, hardback (large print), e-book and audio
Genre:
Historical saga
Set in York? No
Description: In the autumn of 1934, three very different young women sign up as student nurses at the Nightingale Hospital in London’s East End. Through bedpans and broken hearts, they form an unbreakable bond. But do they have what it takes to become Nightingale Girls?
Reviews: ‘Fans of Call The Midwife will love this.’ Woman’s Own
‘A gripping coming of age novel.’ Weightwatchers magazine
Read a sample: Here
Find out more: Author’s website
Buy from: Amazon

Cover of DonnaDouglasNightingaleSisters Donna Douglas
The Nightingale Sisters
Arrow, April 2013. Paperback, hardback (large print), e-book and audio
Genre: Historical saga
Set in York? No
Description: On a stormy night in December 1935, the new Night Sister arrives at the Nightingale Hospital in London’s East End. It soon becomes clear Violet Tanner is not all she seems. But who is she, and what is her mysterious secret?
Find out more:  Author’s website
Pre-order from:  Amazon

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